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St. John Bosco Academy was born from the inspiration of a group of committed Catholic parents who felt a deeper calling to two of their most zealous passions: forming their children humanly and spiritually, and providing a solid education. The older their children grew, the more evident it became that one passion worked against the practical execution of the other.
To train children spiritually and humanly, parents must have consistent and meaningful time with them, and thereby remain the foundational influence during their formative years. To train them academically, however, they need recourse to a strong academic environment. Attendance in today's modern-day school makes finding family time together increasingly challenging and can increase exposure to competing influences. In addition, many Catholic schools have become cost prohibitive, making openness to life difficult for the average Catholic family.
The mission of St. John Bosco Academy is to extend the domestic church established within the home by blending the best of home school and the best of traditional school into one balanced system. This system meets the obligation and sacred duty of the parent in accordance with the teachings of the Catholic Church, while providing a quality education that is cost effective.
Since parents have conferred life on their children they have a most solemn obligation to educate their offspring. Hence, parents must be acknowledged as the first and foremost educators of their children. Their role as educators is so decisive that scarcely anything can compensate for their failure in it. (Gravissimun Educationis #3)
The hybrid system of blending home instruction and classroom instruction enables the family to remain close and function as the domestic church, where the mother and father remain the primary sphere of influence during their children's formative years. The system also meets the three objectives set forth by the founding families for their children:
- More academic accountability rigor
- Support from other faithful families
- Preparation for high school/higher education