Mission and Vision Statements
Wauwatosa Catholic School serves a diverse community of learners by teaching our students to live Christ centered lives, to embrace Catholic values, and to excel academically while developing leaders who have a passion to serve and create a better world.
International Baccalaureate Mission Statement
The International Baccalaureate (IB) aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programs (Primary Years Programme, Middle Years Programme and Diploma Programme) of international education and rigorous assessment. These programs encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.
The Primary Years Programme, for students aged 3-12, focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both in the classroom and in the world outside. The Middle Years Programme, for students aged 11-16, provides a framework of academic challenge that encourages students to embrace and understand the connections between traditional subjects and the real world, becoming critical and reflective thinkers. All IB programmes:
- Have a strong international dimension
- Draw on content from educational cultures around the world
- Require study across a broad range of subjects
- Include both individual subjects and transdisciplinary areas
- Give special emphasis to learning languages
- Focus on developing the skills of learning
- Provide opportunities for individual and collaborative planning and research
- Encourage students to become responsible members of their community.
The aim of all IB programmes is to develop internationally minded people who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better, more peaceful world.
Wauwatosa Catholic School is alive with excited and joyful learners, and inspired teachers. A Christian environment reflects Gospel values and Catholic practices where diversity is embraced. A variety of resources for learning are available to meet the needs of the students. Students are learning the basic core curriculum, as well as physical education, music and art. Young people are excelling in math and science projects and are focused on helping to create a more sustainable earth. Learning to make moral decisions based on Catholic values is inherent in the curriculum.
Technology is enabling students to have learning partners on other continents and they are working on global projects; others are practicing their world language skills over the internet with students from other countries. All students are encouraged to use their gifts and gain the self-confidence and skills needed to create a better world. Older students are mentoring younger ones, while being mentored by college students for special projects.
A full range of learning opportunities is available including many clubs which meet in the late afternoon, as well as competitive athletic leagues. Families and parishioners are involved in student learning and all are being enriched. There is a waiting list of families wishing to have their children be part of the school learning community. Students are recognized as some of the best prepared lifelong learners who will be able to meet the challenges of the 21st century and make the world a better place in which to live.