We Believe In Catholic Schools
The Mission of the Office of the Superintendent of Schools, guided by the Holy Spirit, is to care for the education and faith formation of our Catholic School Communities through leadership and service while advancing sustainable, thriving school models centered in the Excellence of Christ.
Please take some time to visit the websites of our schools and read about their accomplishments, unique curriculum, service projects, and technology, arts and sports programs. Each of our schools is a unique faith community. Be sure to visit and set time for a personal tour. I am certain you will find more than a school, you will find a family.
Dr. Cheeseman, Superintendent of Schools
I am pleased to welcome you to the Catholic Schools website for the Diocese of Bridgeport. Our schools, while each individually possessing their own unique environment and charisma, are an educational community of families committed to academic excellence and faith development and guided by the belief that all are created in the image and likeness of God.
Our students learn in a nurturing environment where high expectations find balance with love and respect. As a family of faith, we challenge our administrators, teachers and students to a higher standard and expect them to exemplify a life inspired and informed by the Gospels both inside and outside of the classroom. In this safe and loving environment, our students are taught a curriculum that was designed to meet or exceed state and national standards by qualified teachers who strive to transform their potential into success. In addition, a focus on Apostolic service to the community helps to develop in our students a love for their neighbor and gives them the opportunity to experience the joy that comes from helping others.
Our Diocesan Catholic School system transforms the lives of over 9,000 students in 20 elementary schools, 5 high schools and 1 special needs school. Catholic schools in the Diocese of Bridgeport have a long tradition of success evidenced in part by the fact that 50% of our schools have received the National Blue Ribbon of Excellence and that, year after year, standardized test results show our elementary students exceeding national averages in math and reading.
All schools in the Diocese of Bridgeport are fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. In order to become accredited, each school engages in a thorough and rigorous self-examination lasting 12-18 months. In the self-study, the school measures and verifies its achievements and identifies ways in which the institutional objectives can be perfected using the Standards for Accreditation as a guide.
After the self-study, a team of peer evaluators, who are faculty and administrators from other accredited institutions, conduct an on-site evaluation. This on-site evaluation lasts three days. The on-site evaluation assesses the institution taking into account the self-study. The team summarizes its findings in a written report which addresses the institution’s successes and suggests ways for improvement.
Emphasis on Faith and Values
Parents are the primary educators of their children. Our Catholic schools partner with parents to educate each child. Parents are encouraged to become involved in their child’s school and learning community. The Home & School Association (HSA) for each school provides opportunities for parents to volunteer and contribute to their child’s school. Parents help faculty and staff advance the mission and excellence of a Catholic School education.
- We're rooted in the teachings and rich heritage of the Catholic Church
- The values and faith taught at home are re-enforced in school
- Small class size encourages personal attention and focus on the value of each student
- Our environment enables teachers to focus on teaching, and fosters respect for others
- Our school communities are safe and secure