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Philosophy

St. Raymond School fosters an atmosphere where Catholic values are nurtured, demonstrated and cherished.  Each student is encouraged to develop a strong and positive sense of self and respect for others by living the message of Jesus in his/her life.  Parents, teachers and parish family create a Christian educational community.

All are encouraged to demonstrate knowledge of faith through action.  The school community prays together each morning and actively participates in liturgies.  Contributions to charitable programs are ongoing and community volunteer service is fostered.  A life based on the teachings of Jesus as proclaimed in the gospel is our ultimate goal.

Our academic purpose is to develop each student to achieve scholastic success.  Spiritual, intellectual, emotional, social, physical and aesthetic growth opportunities are provided while keeping in mind individual differences.

The Diocese of Rockville Centre and the New York State Common Core Learning Standards govern our curriculum.  We are continually updating our knowledge of current educational trends through participation in courses and workshops with an emphasis on integrating technology into the learning experience.  

Teachers evaluate students in a variety of ways including standardized testing, teacher-made tests, projects and daily observation of students’ work and study patterns.  Teachers confer regularly to monitor progress.  Small group and individual student-teacher relationships are developed through extra-help sessions, extra-curricular activities, and a policy of always being available to students in need.  The administration guides adherence to the philosophy and curriculum through weekly lesson plan review, both formal and informal evaluation, and daily meetings.

School policies are written and clarified annually in the school handbook and calendar which are posted on the school website.  Parents and students agree to observe school policy by signing a contract.  These policies are periodically reviewed and updated in an effort to ensure positive effects.


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