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Learning & Leading: Transforming Our Students Through a Whole Child Approach to Education

We believe that nurturing our students as a whole person, in mind, body, and spirit is the key to unlocking a healthy and balanced life in which they can develop into well-rounded young adults.
The role a school plays in a student’s life is not simply to provide a place to be disciplined while following a one-size-fits-all curriculum. It is an opportunity to cultivate diverse, God-given talents, foster a love of learning, and grow in faith and community.

What is a Whole Child Approach to Education?

A whole child approach pushes beyond the narrowly-defined standard confines of academic achievement to focus on promoting the long-term development and success of all children, ensuring that each and every student is healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged. This helps to fully prepare students not only for their future educational endeavors, but for careers and citizenship.

How Saint Anne Parish School Empowers Faith-Based Leaders

At Saint Anne, we take the whole child approach one step further for our students by enriching their education with Catholic morals, values, and the social responsibility to be of service to others. We strive to “teach as Jesus did”.
By immersing our students in the Catholic faith, we are building a foundation in which they can flourish and thrive spiritually, academically, emotionally, and socially. This involves partnering with the home, the Church, and the community, as each has a responsibility to continue the growth of our Catholic faith within future generations.
A Catholic education at Saint Anne supports the development of our students into servant leaders. In addition to promoting academic excellence, we encourage the application of integrity, honesty, kindness, forgiveness, a strong work ethic, and loving others as Christ did. In the same way that faith is a lasting foundation, life skills such as these remain with our students as they grow into contributing leaders of the Church and society.

Fostering a Culture of Community

Everything we incorporate at Saint Anne, from academics to student life to servant leadership, fosters a culture of community, not only for our students, but for our faculty and administration. Our faculty embraces each student’s unique and individual character, creating a welcoming environment where students can feel safe and supported. This encourages our students to explore their passions, think critically, take risks with new concepts, create community, and reinforce their sense of self – all while developing their love for God in one secure place.
A community culture is not only an engrained aspect of our Catholic faith, but it also promotes student success. When children feel supported and included by the community around them, they have more confidence in their capacity to succeed, both personally and academically.

Experience a Whole Child Approach to Education at Saint Anne Parish School

School is such an integral part of a child’s life and where they will spend a large majority of their childhood and young adulthood. With such an important role placed into our hands, it would be a disservice to our students, their families, and our community if we did not work together to promote the healthy development of the whole person, rather than just academic success.
If you are interested in learning more about Saint Anne Parish School in Barrington, Illinois and how a whole child approach to learning might be beneficial for your child, reach out to us today. You can contact us online or give us a call at 847-381-0311.