“Christ is the reason for this school. He is the unseen but ever-present teacher in its classrooms. He is the model of its faculty and the inspiration of its students.” ~Author Unknown
At Holy Angels Academy, our fundamental task is the education of the whole person. We believe that in addition to challenging our students academically, physically and socially, we must also nurture them spiritually and morally. At the heart of this approach is the belief that all our students are children of God. We believe in treating each student with the dignity and love that is inherent in being a child of God. We also teach the students to recognize their peers as their brothers and sisters in Christ. Holy Angels Academy exists not merely to educate, but to help nurture the reality that we are all made in the likeness of God.
We also strive to be catholic, meaning “universal,” in the truest sense of the word. We welcome all denominations equally and without reservation, just as Jesus did. Ultimately, Jesus is the role model we try to emulate every day. The Holy Spirit gives us the strength, courage and patience to do our best with this awesome task that parents entrust to us.
Integration of Spiritual Life into the School Day: We believe, and our students’ parents tell us, that one of the strengths of our Catholic school environment is that we are able to integrate Christian faith into the school day. Children experience their faith as something that is interwoven into the fabric of their lives-not something that is separate from, or irrelevant to, daily life. This can be seen in the way we relate to one another, the way we start our day, the way we participate in the Mass, and the way we serve our community. While we enjoy sharing our faith, we appreciate and respect the diversity of all religions.
Even though we are a school, we function more as a family, challenging and helping each other daily. Our family begins each day gathered together for Morning Assembly to praise God in song and in prayer. We then say our Pledge of Allegiance. Our students are encouraged to share their blessings by donating items for a diverse array of charities. Birthdays and special events are celebrated, and reminders are given. We then go to our classes to continue the mission God has entrusted to us.
Daily Religion Class: All Holy Angels Academy students attend religion classes at their grade level. The materials for these classes are carefully chosen to support the religion curriculum written by the Diocese of Charleston. Students learn about the life and teachings of Jesus, the Old and New Testaments, faith, tradition, personal prayer, the Trinity, the Sacraments, Christian morals and values, making Christian choices, and much, much more. We continually seek to help students understand how their faith is relevant to their everyday lives. Students are given the opportunity to ask questions and discuss spiritual issues. As students develop their religious knowledge and understanding, their spiritual growth parallels their intellectual development.
Sacrament Preparation: Second-grade Catholic students are prepared for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion during their religion class and retreats.
Weekly Mass: All students enrolled at Holy Angels Academy attend weekly school Mass at St. Anne & St. Jude Catholic Church. Students from all faiths participate in many aspects of the Mass, including liturgical music, ushers, lectors, greeters and altar servers. Students learn to be active participants-rather than passive observers-in the worship service.
Stewardship: At the heart of our religious education is Jesus’ teaching to “love one another.” We help the students understand their connection to those around them. We teach students that being “compassionate believers” will naturally lead us to being “active citizens.” All students are encouraged to give to the charity or cause that is designated each month. Other service activities are integrated into religious education classes.