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“From the first moment that a student sets foot in a Catholic school, he or she ought to have the impression of entering a new environment, one illumined by the light of faith, and having its own unique characteristics... an environment permeated with the Gospel spirit of love and freedom.”


The Religious Dimension of Education in a Catholic School, #34 The Congregation for Catholic Education, 1988.




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The Catholic School Department’s primary responsibility is to work collaboratively with other diocesan offices in implementing the ministerial vision of the Diocese, and the vision of all Catholic educational communities. The Catholic School Department is responsible for the overall supervision, administration, and organization of diocesan elementary and high schools.





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Mission Statement

It is the mission of the Catholic School Department, through a model of centralized collaboration and communication, to support pastors and principals in their pastoral and educational administrative mission and to provide an effective Catholic educational environment for the spiritual and academic formation of each student.




January 2011 Vision Statement for Catholic School Education

Click here to view the Vision Statement for Catholic School Education

All Catholic schools will eventually be managed by a fiduciary board of directors made up of the Catholic laity under the governance of the Diocesan Bishop of Sacramento. In those cases where there is evident and urgent need, the transition to the new model of governance will take place over the course of the next three years. In the remaining cases, the change will take place when most opportune. The number of boards and the span of schools under their management will be determined as the plan is implemented, based on what is most effective and efficient.





Each of the Catholic schools of the Diocese of Sacramento is currently accredited by the joint work of the Western Catholic Education Association (WCEA) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).