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Educating Students in the Catholic Faith

St. Barnabas students grow and learn in an atmosphere where education of the whole child – mind, body, and soul – is fundamental, where the curriculum is enhanced by the complement of faith. Religion is the foundation of our school, and is woven throughout our day. Daily prayer and weekly Masses foster the growth of students' faith and character.  

The Catholic Church has developed guidelines over the years to ensure the uniqueness of Catholic schools. They are to make the Christian faith "living, conscious and active," and to create a sacred atmosphere in each school.

Catholic schools have strong academic programs and communities of faith because of the consistent support and encouragement of parents. Parents send their children to Catholic schools because they need and expect an environment supportive of a commitment already established at home to educate children in academic subjects, in religious instruction, and in moral values.

The student is the reason for the Catholic school. Children and young adults need careful guidance to be able to make morally mature decisions. In this area of values, Catholic schools are proven to be of great service to students by effectively teaching the principles of right and wrong. Guiding students in decision-making is the most solemn and sensitive area of teaching.

St. Barnabas Catholic School has moved boldly forward in the faithful direction of a Catholic school worthy of its name with strong support from Bishop Malesic and Bishop Nelson J. Perez (ret.) of the Diocese of Cleveland, diocesan education personnel, local clergy, and experienced principal, Mrs. Erin Faetanini.

Did you know?

  • The Catholic Church educates 2.6 million K-12 students every day, at a cost of $10,000,000,000 a year, a savings of $18,000,000,000 a year to the American taxpayer.
  • The average cost to educate a student in a public school is well over $10,000 per student per year, and just over $6,500 per year in a private school. 
  • Catholic education is a MINISTRY of the church. “Catholic schools afford the fullest and best opportunity to realize the fourfold purpose of Christian education, namely to provide an atmosphere in which the Gospel message is proclaimed, community in Christ is experienced, service to our sisters and brothers is the norm, and thanksgiving and worship of our God is cultivated.” – Renewing our Commitment to Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools in the Third Millennium, USCCB.