LET IT BE KNOWN TO ALL THAT CHRIST IS THE REASON FOR THIS SCHOOL: THE UNSEEN, BUT EVER-PRESENT TEACHER IN ITS CLASSES, THE MODEL OF ITS FACULTY AND THE INSPIRATION OF ITS STUDENTS!

 

PHILOSOPHY OF ST. RAYMOND ACADEMY

St. Raymond Academy is a small Catholic High School for young women. It is a community of educators, students, parents, and staff. Although we identify ourselves as a parish school, we draw our students from a variety of neighborhoods in New York City. As disciples of the gospel, we recognize our obligation to guide our students to an appreciation of learning that will not only enable them to realize their God-given potential but will prepare them, as responsible members of the world community, to make their unique contribution to society.

We value an education that fosters the pursuit of truth and broadens our students' horizons. We encourage them to accept and respect the diversities among peoples, to live in harmony with others and to seek peaceful resolutions to conflicts. Believing in the value of single sex education, we strive to foster in our students a pride in their womanhood, and seek to provide them with the tools necessary to develop into capable, self-confident adults.

As educators, we are committed to excellence. We strive to provide an educational program that will empower our students to make critical judgments so that they can interact responsibly in a global society.

In addition, we seek to develop an appreciation of our Christian tradition and an awareness of our American heritage, recognizing at the same time the variety of cultures and traditions, which have contributed to that heritage.

 

BELIEF STATEMENTS

  1. We believe high school is a community of students, educators, parents and benefactors with a common mission.
  2. We believe that an educational atmosphere must reflect a Catholic tradition and Christian values, inspiring in each student a personal relationship with God.
  3. We believe a lifelong desire for learning is essential.
  4. We believe that education enables students to become contributing members of society.
  5. We believe that honesty prepares students to succeed in a world of technological change and global economics.
  6. We believe that cultivating a sense of responsibility and accountability for actions is fostered through the development of moral character.
  7. We believe that the needs and abilities of our students are important.
  8. We believe that there is value in single-sex education, which fosters in our students self-respect, self-worth and a pride in her womanhood.
  9. We believe that there is importance in accepting and appreciating the religious and cultural diversity among people while celebrating the oneness of our nation.

 

MISSION STATEMENT

St. Raymond Academy, a small Catholic high school for young women in an urban setting, inspires students to reach their God-given potential in a safe, supportive, and diverse environment. Through a state-approved curriculum and extra-curricular activities we encourage our students to seek and value truth. By empowering them with an education that promotes a commitment to excellence, self-discipline and strong Christian values, we challenge our students to become successful and accountable in a dynamic society.

 

NEW YORK ARCHDIOCESAN PREGNANCY POLICY

Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of New York are committed to respect and protect life in all its stages. While not condoning sexual activity outside of marriage, and being sensitive to victims of sexual assault, it is the policy of the Archdiocese to assist any pregnant girl with her educational, medical and family plans. If a student at St. Raymond Academy becomes pregnant, she must submit a letter from her doctor to the principal, which informs the Academy of her condition and any health related arrangements the doctor recommends. After the school has received a doctor's letter concerning a student's pregnancy, the school nurse, the Dean of Students and the student's guidance counselor will be notified. The student's guidance counselor will discuss options open to a pregnant student regarding educational plans during and after the pregnancy. Ordinarily a girl remains through her fifth or sixth month of pregnancy. The principal would make the decision concerning this matter. After the birth of the child, a student who chooses to return to the Academy must present a letter from her doctor stating that she is able to resume a full educational program.

 

NON-DISCRIMINATORY POLICY

St. Raymond Academyand all Roman Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of New York base not only their educational purpose, but all their activities on the Christian teaching of the essential equality of all persons. Thus, with discrimination so repugnant to their nature and mission, Catholic schools in this Archdiocese have not, and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, or national and ethnic origin in the administration of educational policies, admission policies, scholarships and loan programs, athletic, and other school administered programs.