I was very struck by this reported conversation between a St. Augustine Academy (Ventura) parent and one of the students in his son’s class. The young man was homeschooled, but decided to attend the school after playing on the basketball team for a year. They were out surfing together, when:

The conversation turned and I asked him what he liked best about St. Augustine.  With a big smile on his face and dripping wet, he looked up at me with an ear-to-ear grin and said what he liked best about St. Augustine’s is how the faith is intertwined throughout all the subjects and our life at the school.  He continued to smile and intimated that being around good Catholics (teachers and students ) who knew their faith and lived it out was a tremendous inspiration and a model by which to live his life.   That’s what he liked best about St. Augustine’s.  His glowing words were truly inspiring to me.  We continued to surf, catching many happy waves.

That is success for any Catholic school.

About Andrew Seeley

Executive Director, Institute for Catholic Liberal Education Tutor, Thomas Aquinas College
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