Community is at the heart of Catholic education, not simply as a concept to be taught, but as a reality to be lived.
"Through education, men and women must be moved to build community in all areas of life; they can do this if they learn the meaning of community by experiencing it. Formed by this experience, they are better able to build community in their families, their places of work, their neighborhoods, and their world."
This statement, taken from the Bishop's Pastoral Message on Education, "To Teach as Jesus Did", is a fitting declaration of the underlying principles of education held at Our Lady Star of the Sea Regional School. The faculty recognizes the value of building community in communion with offering a strong academic, Christian value-centered education that strives to develop each student's maximum potential by fostering the integration of faith in academics and in everyday life, teaching students to face life's challenges armed with knowledge and a Christian attitude, and promoting service.
Our Lady Star of the Sea Regional School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded to all students. It does not discriminate on the basis of religion, race, color, natural or ethnic origin in the administration of educational policies, admission policies, or other school administered programs.
- Christ is the reason for our school, He is the unseen and ever-present teacher and His teachings are infused in all areas of the curriculum.
- Recognizing the dignity of each person and creating a spirit of hospitality is the hallmark of the legacy of Catherine McAuley, foundress of the Sisters of Mercy who have staffed OLSS School for over 100 years.
- Spiritual development is fostered in a faith community that is rich in prayer, liturgical experiences, and service.
- Parents/guardians are the first and foremost educators of their children, and an effective partnership with parents supports the education of their children and furthers the mission of the school.
- Catholic education has a three-fold purpose: to teach students to face life’s challenges, to promote service, and to assist students to reach their maximum potential.
- Every child can learn when offered a comprehensive, challenging curriculum achieved through instruction allowing for individual differences and employing a variety of instructional approaches and activities encourages success and nurtures the whole child – spiritually, intellectually, emotionally, physically, and socially.
- Technology tools are an essential component of learning to prepare students to succeed by demonstrating the capacity to use technology to critically research information sources, to communicate effectively, and to develop a global perspective.
- Cultural diversity increases a student's understanding of different religions, peoples, and cultures and enriches the teaching and learning environment of the school.
- Extra-curricular activities and school recognition programs promote self-esteem and facilitate success.
- Community involvement can play a vital role in providing diverse exposure through the sharing of time, talent, and treasure.