Cardinal Newman is a Catholic, college preparatory high school. Our mission is to educate our students in the wholeness of mind, body, and spirit through the teachings of Jesus Christ as proclaimed by the Catholic Church. Our students learn to apply leadership skills and talents in service to others. We challenge each student to work to his or her highest potential in the lifelong pursuit of learning and excellence.
"God shall call on me and I will hear the Lord"
John Henry Cardinal Newman 1801-1890
PHILOSOPHY, GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
The Cardinal Newman High School community has committed itself to the principles of Catholic education and academic excellence, as envisioned by our namesake, the Blessed John Henry Newman. Embracing the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the teachings of the Catholic Church, the faculty and staff strive to realize an authentic Christian community which gives witness to the students and parents alike. Our community, founded upon Gospel values, exists to serve the families of the Diocese of Santa Rosa. At Cardinal Newman we respect the family as the primary agent for the spiritual, moral, intellectual, physical and social development of the student. We seek to assist and to supplement the family in this vital task. The Cardinal Newman community recognizes that excellence in education can best be achieved, and future leaders nurtured, within a living tradition rooted in the Love and Truth of Christ. We encourage students not only to develop and enhance their creative and critical thinking abilities, but to cultivate Christian virtue and an appropriate sense of social responsibility. An essential educational goal of the Cardinal Newman community is to raise young men and women capable of constructively participating in the life of our society. As expressed by Newman himself the purpose of an education is
... the great ordinary means to a great but ordinary end; it aims at raising the intellectual tone of society, at cultivating the public mind, at purifying the national taste, at supplying true principles to popular enthusiasm and fixed aims to popular aspiration, at giving enlargement and sobriety to the ideas of the age, at facilitating the exercise of political power, refining the intercourse of a private life. It is the education which gives [students] a clear conscious view of [their] own opinions and judgments, a truth in developing them, an eloquence in expressing them, and a force in urging them.
The Cardinal Newman community cultivates Christian virtue through the study of Scripture, amplified by the teachings of the Catholic Church and service. Thus, ours is a lived faith incorporating a campus ministry, prayer, liturgy, retreats and community service. To introduce the life of Christian service to our students, each will spend at least 25 hours a year in community service. The commitment to service culminates in a Community Based Service Learning (CBSL) Project conceived and implemented by the individual student in the senior year of study. In the course of their senior year, the students research a particular social issue that they feel capable of addressing through a focused project. They then seek out a mentor in the community with whom they design a course of action both practical and challenging. Prior to graduation and at the conclusion of their projects, the seniors prepare and deliver presentations explaining their research and highlighting the work they have done. Parents, family, faculty, students, and the greater community attend this day of student CBSL presentations.
Cardinal Newman offers a college preparatory curriculum for those students seeking college and university entrance. The comprehensive curriculum is also tailored to meet the diverse needs and educational objectives of all students. The overall development of the student is balanced through his or her involvement in diverse cultural and physical extracurricular activities, student government, and the provision of comprehensive counseling and disciplinary programs.
On our school crest are the words of the Blessed John Henry Newman, “From shadows and symbols into the Truth.” We at Cardinal Newman assist in the birthing of the individual intellect, capable of reasoning and problem solving; then continue to shape that intellect as an aspect of the whole person, grounded in a Christian spiritual reality, able to be productive of goodness in a complicated moral age. The course of this birth and growth occurs through the cultivation of learning and virtue in the individual person. We seek to guide our students from their youthful immaturity into a productive and enlightened realm of social relations, where Christ is King.
Faith ~ Unity ~ Spirit ~ Excellence