Mission & Values

The mission of Saint Stanislaus, a Catholic boarding and day school for young men, is to form each student to Gospel values by nurturing his spiritual, academic, and physical growth in a place of sanctuary structured to embody the charism of the Brothers of the Sacred Heart.

Components of the Mission

Education according to the tradition of the Brothers of the Sacred Heart is holistic, rooted in religious values, structured through friendly discipline, nurtured by personal attention, and committed to academic excellence.

Saint Stanislaus offers a junior and senior high school curriculum designed to help students achieve academic success in college and success in life.

Faith development and character formation, along with sports, extracurricular activities, and service, contribute to the total experience at Saint Stanislaus.

Through supervision, discipline, and structure, the residency program gives particular emphasis to personal attention that adjusts freedom and responsibility to each student’s capacity for trust.

Utilizing Our Strengths

We are in an amazing time in the history of the world, which is more connected in many ways. What does this mean for Saint Stanislaus and education? This reality leads to an explosion of possibilities and opportunities. Our students benefit from limitless information access, supported by dedicated faculty to foster understanding, productivity, and growth.

Our Core Values

The Religious Institute of the Brothers of the Sacred Heart, guided by three core values, shapes the Saint Stanislaus school community.

An Open Heart

We operate our school on the conviction of God’s boundless love, exemplified by Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross. Regardless of our actions or failures, His love remains unwavering, unconditional, and all-embracing.

We guide students through explicit instruction, fostering reflection on God’s unconditional love symbolized by His pierced heart. We urge translating this love into actions that help us compassionately address our students’ diverse challenges.

Respect

We hold the belief that every individual has inherent dignity and deserves respect. We prioritize this value, striving to embody it in our personal lives and interactions with young people. We maintain steadfast faith in God’s loving care for all, irrespective of the challenges they encounter. At Saint Stanislaus, we commit to acknowledging every student’s potential and consistently praising their goodness. We encourage them to make positive choices and provide ample guidance, frequent encouragement, and assistance outside of class. Additionally, we offer multiple opportunities for them to improve and demonstrate our commitment to supporting them.

Compassion and Trust

In our tradition, we strive to demonstrate compassion to all in spite of their human weaknesses and failings. We model for students an intrinsic trust in the goodness and potential for redemption of each person.

This compassion drives our dedication to educating and shaping young minds, empowering them to overcome ignorance, embrace their dignity, pursue fulfilling lives, and discover faith and salvation. Our trust in others, grounded in unwavering faith in God’s grace, recognizes the potential for change, growth, and transformation in all individuals.

Expression of Core Values

The core values upon which our school is founded find their expression in the following ways:

Building Men of Character

Saint Stanislaus aims to cultivate Men of Character, embodying lives inspired by Jesus. While this emulation is a lifelong journey, we instill in our students the foundational traits of love, forgiveness, honesty, respect, humility, compassion, selflessness, discipline, faithfulness, and service throughout their time here.

Religious Values

Students undergo religious and moral formation within a nurturing and generous environment. This formation aims to cultivate faithful individuals capable of contributing positively as citizens, spouses, and parents. We guide students to understand their role in the world within the context of their eternal destiny.

Emphasizing availability, approachability, encouragement, and support, our school culture prioritizes instilling hope in students. We provide a sanctuary from societal pressures that might diminish their hope for the future. As role models, we’re committed to nurturing lifelong growth in Gospel values and personal faith among young individuals.

While teaching Catholic beliefs, doctrine, and practice, we acknowledge faith development as a journey. Through instruction, formation, and example, we aim to empower young individuals to demonstrate enduring commitment and love for others.

Friendly Discipline

Every caring parent and educator understands the importance of setting boundaries, conveying clear expectations, and fostering accountability for young people. Indulging every whim only hampers a child’s growth potential, promoting self-centeredness. Thus, our tradition emphasizes disciplined love, guiding, motivating, correcting, and supporting each individual along their life journey.

We believe correction should aim to enhance a young person’s understanding of their responsibilities towards others. Consequences should always be delivered with genuine compassion, fostering the individual’s positive development.

We emphasize discipline that admonishes, corrects, teaches, and encourages while respecting individual dignity. We prioritize respect for authority and rules, advocating for discipline that is consistent, fair, and rooted in mutual trust and cooperation. In this light, friendly discipline embodies compassion.

Personal Attention

Above all, we view relationships with young people from a faith perspective. We understand that we are about God’s work. It is in this context that we view being with young people as a privileged opportunity. Through unconditional, selfless personal attention to the young people in our care, we witness the compassionate love of Christ. Such personal attention, however, requires an active type of presence and attention. This means consciously choosing to be attuned to students’ needs and displaying accessibility through our words, posture, and actions. It also means responding with appropriate compassion and encouragement while maintaining high expectations. Finally, it means respectfully accompanying students with confident patience as God’s grace and their own efforts gradually take effect.

Providing personal attention requires us to comprehend the diverse and evolving needs of students. While all youth seek love, understanding, skill development, social belonging, and holistic growth, some may face immediate challenges like family conflicts, academic struggles, or health issues. Whether these needs are overt or hidden, significant or minor, offering personal attention necessitates addressing them with care and responsiveness.

Our school succeeds when students graduate with a profound sense of God’s love for them. This belief is shaped by two key factors: the love demonstrated by their teachers and the extent to which students feel this love through their interactions in the classroom and extracurricular engagements.

Academic Excellence

We define academic excellence as nurturing each student to reach their fullest potential, aligning with their God-given purpose. To achieve this, we implement a rigorous curriculum focused on fundamental skills, provide engaging classes, and regularly adjust our methods to address evolving needs.

We believe in instilling in students an appreciation for learning as an inherent good, recognizing that creation, history, and culture are avenues through which God reveals truths about Himself. Catholic education is driven by the understanding that knowledge of the world leads to understanding of God and human potential. Our ultimate aim is to cultivate in students a sense of responsibility for lifelong learning and self-motivation. In addition to providing a valuable curriculum for employment and higher education, our school aims to foster a commitment to lifelong learning and instill traditional Christian values in students.

The main goal of education is to prepare young individuals to actively contribute to the realization of God’s kingdom. This involves cultivating skills such as discernment of values and evaluating choices against traditional Christian principles, which we consider more valuable than specific course content.

Academic excellence begins with recognizing students’ current achievements, then aims to enhance their potential and skills for personal competence. By continually pushing students to excel, we guide them toward their fullest potential.

Accountability

We ensure academic excellence by holding students accountable for their work, even detaining them if necessary to complete assignments. This personalized attention and compassionate accountability are integral to our school culture, fostering critical thinking and clear communication skills. Our aim is to thoroughly prepare students for success in top colleges and universities worldwide.

Diversity, Inclusion & Equity

Since 1854 Saint Stanislaus has been educating young men from the local community and around the world. We still follow Brother Polycarp’s 1854 Rules of Conduct, set by our institute’s founder and first Brother superior general. He directed the faculty to treat all children under their care without discrimination based on their backgrounds, talents, or character. More than 165 years later, we continue to follow this insightful directive.

Our students come from our area and as far away as Beijing, China. They are exposed to peers with similar backgrounds and others with life experiences that are much more diverse. Our students come with rich cultures and heritage. The educational experience at Saint Stanislaus extends beyond the classroom, immersing students in diverse traditions, perspectives, and ideas. Boarding and day students bring different perspectives to the campus. These students interact with one another in the classroom, on athletic fields, during extracurricular activities, and socially. Because of these experiences, our students develop a far greater appreciation of the diverse world community in which we live.