Lumen Christi is a great school. I've been around schools for over 20 years and I've never seen anything like it. I couldn't be happier to have my 5 kids here. My freshman son is working harder and learning more than ever. Some of those lessons are academic, like memorizing passages from Shakespeare, writing papers on Human Geography, or reading great works of literature that our larger Catholic school and public school counterparts simply don't touch for fear that they're not on the state tests or fear that these books are too challenging and antiquated for today's students. Last night, when he was memorizing a passage from Shakespeare, he asked us what we did in school when we had to memorize Shakespeare. Both of us responded that we never did anything like that in school.
He's also learned some major improvements in his work ethic and attitude toward achievement. Despite being handwriting-challenged, I'm seeing marked improvements in his research and writing skills. On a nearly nightly basis, I hear him on the phone with either helping or receiving Math help from his friends. They talk about operations I never learned in high school, and they're just freshmen. Lumen Christi high school is a cut above.
My other four kids are flourishing in the elementary as well. My pre-K daughter has learned letters, numbers, days of the week, and lots of little cultural tidbits that kids have always learned through the years but which our busy world has forgotten. My 2nd grader reads and writes at length in the evening to prepare for class the next day. He knows his Math facts solidly, and is learning catechism on a regular basis. He and his brothers actually talk about faith and morals at home. When he sits down to do his First Communion homework, he usually knows all the answers by heart. I frequently walk the halls for a quick sampling of what's happening in the classrooms, and every time I go by Mrs. Meyers' class, the kids are focused, raising hands, and smiling. It may sound too perfect, but I'm telling the truth. What a blessing!
My 7th grader is in a class of girls that volunteers to lead music in Mass and lead prayer whenever they get a chance. They help the elementary kids during Mass and regularly read to the younger elementary kids. They're reading Dante, Twain, and other great books. Although she has to work hard to stay organized, I've seen massive improvements in her attitude, confidence, and academic ability. She's has excelled in maturity in some key areas, and has been supported in that growth by teachers who have gone out of their way to form her.
Our teachers know their students, and from what I've seen of my children's experience and my formal and informal observations, students are positively engaged. God has blessed us with fantastic teachers. This year we welcomed several new teachers who have hit the ground running. They are extraordinarily dedicated teachers who have created welcoming and challenging classrooms.
I can honestly attest that all of my kids have grown exponentially as a result of their Lumen Christi education. They go to Mass every day, and learn aspects of Catholic heritage that few other Catholic schools emphasize. The average size of the classes my kids attend is 8 students, which is hugely advantageous for their learning. They have made quality friendships with families we know share our Catholic faith and morals.
They're truly happier and better people since coming to Lumen Christi. They tried homeschooling and diocesan schooling and neither came close to the experience they've had here. I won't say Lumen Christi is a good fit for everyone, but I would recommend it to anyone.
I'll say this year, what I said last year. I gladly and wholeheartedly submit my re-enrollment form this year. I have no doubt whatsoever that our family has found the best thing going in Catholic education. This school is their extended family, and their home away from home. I may not pay as much tuition as some families, but our family has definitely sacrificed a lot of resources to be here. It's worth every penny we've given up in pay or benefits. It's worth every new cost. It's worth the effort it takes to keep up with the obligations of school and community. I say all this, as the year quickly fades and you look to next year, to count your blessings. Thanks for helping to make this such a unique and successful school.