Welcome to Father James B. Hay Catholic School
Important Letter from the Principal Regarding Upcoming Changes
Father James B. Hay Catholic School has maintained a long-standing tradition of love, education, moral development, and spirituality. Our caring and dedicated staff, along with a well developed curriculum, continues to equip students in grades PreK-8th with the necessary tools to meet and exceed the challenges of secondary school and life.
Together with the Tularosa Basin Catholic Parishes, Father James B. Hay Catholic School strives to foster faith and knowledge to develop the whole child. We believe that each child should be Christ-centered with strong moral character. Students model Christian virtues while growing in knowledge, faith and service to become responsible, caring citizens for the future. We instill Christian virtues through daily prayer, instruction in Catholic faith, numerous opportunities for worship, and invitations to service.
The goal of Catholic Education is to educate the whole child, meaning spiritually, morally and academically. As the Most Rev. Roger J. Foys, Bishop of Covington, has said: “While there may be alternatives to Catholic education, there are no substitutes.” We strive to guide students to be Christ-centered, well-rounded, self-confident individuals who build community with a vision for the future. Students are challenged to excel to their full potential so that they may become knowledgeable, productive, responsible and caring leaders in our local, church and world communities.
Father James B. Hay Catholic School is a member of the National Catholic Educational Association and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. We are accredited by the AdvancedEd North Central Association and recognized by the State of New Mexico Public Education Department.
Benefits of a Catholic School Education
- Academic excellence
- Emphasis on Catholic values
- Healthy social relationships
- A supportive environment
A Catholic education means…
College-bound peers – The vast majority, approximately 94% of Catholic school graduates, pursue higher education. Catholic School graduates are often pursued by prestigious colleges.
A rigorous curriculum – Most students take at least four years of mathematics, history, English, science, foreign language, and religious studies.
Self-discipline – Students are expected to accept responsibility for their actions, to respect others and to make good decisions in the context of their faith experience.
Christ as a model – The goal of a Catholic education is to help children mature into Christ-like people. Students are encouraged to recognize the presence of Christ in themselves and others. The religious formation of children begun at home is continued in Catholic school.
A safe, supportive environment – Reverence for the human dignity of every person comes from recognizing Christ in self and others. More than “Drug-free zones” or “Gun-free zones,” Catholic schools strive to be “Christ-centered zones.”
High expectations – Catholic school teachers expect every student to achieve.
Committed parents – Parents are a child’s first teachers. At Catholic schools, parents take an active role in their children’s education. The school supports families and works with them for the benefit of children.
A caring community – Catholic school parents provide hundreds of millions of volunteer service hours to their schools. Parents assist with everything from playground supervision, field trips and putting band-aids on skinned knees, to raising funds, installing computer networks and building new schools.
Come by the school and see what a Catholic Education can do for you!