Aquin Catholic Schools, in agreement with the Bishops of the United States . . . "strive to relate all human culture eventually to the news of salvation, so that the life of faith will illumine the knowledge which the students gradually gain of the world of life, or mankind." (Christian Ed. 8)
Here, therefore, students are instructed in human knowledge and skills, valued indeed for their own worth but seen simultaneously as deriving their most profound significance from God's plan for His creation. Here, too, instruction in religious truth and values is an integral part of the school program. It is perceived and functions as the underlying reality in which the students’ experiences of learning and living achieve their coherence and deepest meaning.
1) To establish a faith-based community that clearly endorses and promotes Catholic morals, theology, and doctrines.
a) To learn and teach the “Good News” of Jesus Christ.
b) To witness Christ in our living and learning.
c) To provide spiritual opportunities that develop and strengthen our faith in Christ.
d) To nurture a personal relationship with the triune God.
2) To provide a curriculum that challenges everyone to realize their learning potential.
a) To develop critical thinking skills and self-direction in every person.
b) To teach a core curriculum that will prepare everyone to be a productive member of society.
c) To develop individual interests through offerings that foster life-long learning.
3) To instill a sense of self-worth and community.
a) To positively influence the physical, moral, social, emotional, and cultural development in all members of the faith community.
b) To establish an environment of open communication that addresses the interests and needs of each individual.
c) To motivate positively - always recognizing the good in each person.
d) To encourage participation in service clubs and extra-curricular activities.
The Office of Catholic Education and the Ordinary of the Diocese of Rockford appoint the Superintendent of the Aquin Catholic Schools. The superintendent is responsible for the overall operation of the Aquin Catholic Schools. The superintendent works in cooperation with the Council of Administration to define the policies, goals, and objectives necessary to attain the educational mission of the Catholic churches of Freeport, Lena, and Shannon. The Council of Administration is composed of the pastors of the Catholic churches of Freeport, Lena, and Shannon. In addition, two lay members from each of the Catholic parishes of Freeport, Lena, and Shannon are members of the Council of Administration. The Council of Administration meets at least four times per year at a date and time announced by the Council. Meetings of the Council of Administration are open to the members of the Aquin Catholic Schools and the members of the Catholic churches of Freeport, Lena, and Shannon. There is a designated time at the council meetings called Open Forum in which members of the school system and churches may present any concerns for the council’s consideration. All concerns will be sent to an appropriate committee to be reviewed.