Bishop John A. Marshall School educates children of all faiths to achieve academic excellence, challenging them to fully develop their God-given talents with commitment to truth, compassion, self-discipline, and love for all, in accordance with the teachings of the Catholic Church.
The Bishop John A Marshall School is made up of families with a wide array of religious beliefs. 55% of our school is Catholic and 45% is non-Catholic. The non-Catholic families who join our school often do so for the morals and values we teach and the structured, safe learning environment we provide.
We enthusiastically embrace these students and their families, as the lessons we strive to teach and the values we seek to instill transcend faith. Having those from other faiths, and learning from them, is important to our students understanding of the world in which they live. We acknowledge that many core teaching such as peace, kindness, and forgiveness are shared by other religions, and welcome other perspectives into our learning experience at a grade appropriate level. We highlight other traditions throughout the year, for instance, we sponsor a Seder each year during Passover.
Our mission statement serves as constant reminder that we are all God’s children and have a responsibility to create a safe environment allowing our children to fully develop all of the talents – academic, artistic, and altruistic – which are bestowed upon them.
Testimonials from some of our current families:
“We send our children to BJAMS for a number of reasons, mainly the education and the environment. We are not Catholic, but we have seen our children learn why it is important to help others be nice to people and take care of the environment.“
“There have been times when a Catholic event is going on or the kids are learning something I don’t understand. Carrie and the teachers have been more than willing to answer my questions and refer me to others who may be able to provide more insight.”
“When my daughter came home the second week of Kindergarten and said ‘Mom, it’s really important that when someone says they are sorry, you let them know that you forgive them.’ I don’t think many schools talk about things like this, and it led to a great conversation about understanding feelings and forgiveness.”
“Our kids understand that we aren’t Catholic but that we see value in what they are learning. I believe that in order to comprehend the world at large, it is important to understand religion and how it impacts people’s actions. BJAMS does a great job with this, and in middle school they take a class discussing other religions as well. In our minds, the fact that the school is Catholic has been a bonus!”
If you would like to talk to a non-Catholic family at our school, we would be more than happy to connect you with someone who can answer any questions or address any concerns you might have. Click here to Email Us