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Education Philosophy Overview

A Saint Teresa of Avila School student strives to be an Active, Lifelong Learner who:

  • Has developed proficiencies in all basic subjects and demonstrates achievement and consistency in effective communication, critical thinking and independent problem solving.

  • Uses effective organizational and study skills which enables them to follow directions,demonstrate responsibility and accomplish goals.

  • Has a continuing curiosity for learning, solves problems resourcefully and accepts constructive criticism for the benefit of her/himself and others.

  • Utilizes available resources effectively, including modern technology.

  • Is able to apply their learned knowledge and skills to their own life situations

Saint Teresa of Avila School is a micro school, providing a unique educational setting that combines the principles of Catholic education with the benefits of a micro school approach. We have a small student population, allowing for a personalized and intimate learning environment.

As a micro school, we have a strong commitment to individualized instruction. With smaller class sizes, teachers can cater to the specific needs and learning styles of each student. This personalized approach fosters a strong teacher-student relationship, enabling educators to provide targeted support and guidance. Students receive the attention and encouragement necessary to thrive academically, emotionally, and spiritually.

Catholic micro schools often adopt a holistic approach to education, recognizing the importance of nurturing the whole person. In addition to rigorous academics, we also prioritize character formation, moral development, and community engagement. Students are encouraged to embody virtues such as compassion, integrity, and social responsibility. The school community becomes a close-knit family, fostering a sense of belonging, collaboration, and service to others.

Furthermore, Catholic micro schools leverage innovative teaching methods and technology to enhance the learning experience. We incorporate project-based learning, experiential activities, and interdisciplinary approaches to foster critical thinking, creativity, and problem-solving skills. By embracing technology, we offer blended learning opportunities, virtual resources, and personalized digital tools to support student growth.

Established in 1949, our mission has remained focused in our Catholic faith and in Divine Providence - God’s spirit working through us - spreading the gospel by word and deed. Saint Teresa of Avila School’s mission statement and philosophy upholds the beliefs of the Roman Catholic faith by establishing a clear commitment to the students’ Catholic identity focusing on Jesus Christ’s mission of reaching out, teaching, modeling and helping others. It is the goal of our mission to see the children advance in wisdom, maturity, and goodness. Our duty to respect and involve all members of our diverse community is recognized, while we strive to enable our students to live in the world of today and be prepared for the world of tomorrow. Our school’s statement of mission is based on “To Teach as Jesus Did,” which is a lived experience here at St. Teresa of Avila School.

As witnesses of our Catholic faith we understand the responsibility we have to model Catholic Christian living. The school maintains a partnership with parents as the primary educators and models of Christian living. The pastor, administrator, faculty, and staff firmly believe that parents are the primary educators of their children. In this partnership, we work to nurture the sacred in our students’ own lives. We endeavor to integrate Catholic values in the daily lives of our students by teaching, listening, advising, and directing our students in their spiritual development.

Spiritual Formation


The Pastor and the Principal are responsible for providing the curriculum adopted by the Department of Catholic Schools. St. Teresa of Avila School offers additional instructional programs and services depending on the available resources and needs of the school. The basic curriculum prescribed for all elementary schools, beginning in TK and continuing through the 8th grade, includes the following areas:

●​ Religion
● Mathematics
● English
● Social Studies

● Art & Music
● Science
● Reading & Literature
​● Physical Education

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