BEDFORD –With the 2021-2022 Academic year coming to a close, the time is now to register your children for the next step in their education.
This decision can be a stressful one for parents when there are uncertainties about what each school offers to each student. This is not the case with St. Vincent De Paul Catholic School (SVS). Here are five facts you may not know about what SVS can offer your child.
Fact 1: SVS is affordable
In uncertain economic times, the number one concern with many families is cost. Even though SVS uses a tuition-based program, the opportunity for financial assistance is readily available.
“What many people don’t realize is that there is funding available that can cover up to 90 percent of tuition costs,” said SVS Principal Teresa Underwood. “Many of our families pay very little, as in a couple of hundred dollars, and some owe nothing at all except a registration fee. Families struggle to manage as it is, and most would not choose what might seem like an additional financial burden.”
Fact 2: SVS offers fantastic extracurricular opportunities
Extracurricular activities provide a channel for reinforcing the lessons learned in the classroom. SVS offers more than just academics for students, by building a competitive athletic program at both the elementary and middle school levels, including tennis, volleyball, cross country, basketball, and track. Multiple SVS graduates are currently competing in their respective sports at the collegiate level.
In addition to athletics, SVS students also have the opportunity to participate and compete on teams in the Spell Bowl, Math Bowl, Science Olympiad, and Lego League Robotics.
Fact 3: SVS offers a faith-based education
SVS focuses on providing resources to help raise children in a Christ-centered environment. The mission of SVS is “To know and live our faith, to lead and serve by example, to achieve success as life-long learners.” This is all possible by building life skills of honesty, integrity, tolerance, and respect, while also learning the confidence to succeed as productive citizens in a global society.
“Faith-based education means that our charge to love God and love others is infused into every aspect of what we do,” Underwood said. “St. Vincent is a Catholic school but our mission extends to all faith traditions. We worship the same God and we want our children to know it and live it.”
While SVS is a Catholic school, more than half of the student body is non-Catholic. No such requirement exists for attending SVS.
Fact 4: SVS feels like family
The SVS staff nurtures a sense of family on a daily basis with students who learn and grow together from pre-school through the 8th grade.
“These students quite literally feel like brothers and sisters after being together for as long as they have,” said Underwood. “When you have that kind of partnership among teachers, parents, and students it is reflected in the culture of the school.”
The familial climate is also fostered through a shared commitment to the school mission. With that partnership between teachers, parents, and students, the SVS culture flourishes.
Fact 5: SVS supports its students
Another area of focus for families when choosing a school is the level of support each school offers its students to give them an opportunity to succeed. Academic, emotional, and physical support is built into the fabric of the SVS mission.
The SVS environment keeps students emotionally and physically safe by implementing the OLWEUS Bullying Prevention Program. This program has been implemented in more than a dozen countries around the world, and thousands of schools in the United States and has been found to reduce bullying among students, improve the social climate of classrooms, and reduce related antisocial behaviors, such as vandalism and truancy.
This comprehensive approach includes school-wide, classroom, individual, and community components by focusing on long-term changes that create a safe and positive school climate for each student.
For general and registration information about St. Vincent De Paul School, visit svsbedford.org or call the school office at 812-279-2540.