Who Are the Primary Educators of Our Children?
As educators in a classical school, we see in the law of nature that parents, as consequence of their participation in the procreation of a child, have a unique and irreplaceable relationship with their children, and this is a source of their fundamental and inalienable obligation to be the primary educators of their children. We understand that flowing from this obligation is a right, a requirement of justice, to do just that.
As educators in a Catholic school, we echo the words of the Catholic Church, who in her wisdom, teaches this truth of nature so that there is no mistaking: “The role of parents in education is of such importance that it is almost impossible to provide an adequate substitute” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, §2221).
What Is the Role of St. Benedict Elementary?
St. Benedict Elementary was founded so that parents can entrust their children to professional educators who respect their fundamental right as parents to teach their children in light of their final end: happiness in union with God forever. In other words, St. Benedict Elementary exists to be an extension of the parents in the simple and yet utterly profound goal of aiding their children in becoming saints. Thus, the teachers at St. Benedict Elementary, like the parents, embrace the teaching authority of the Church who is the preeminent teacher of us all and seek to cultivate in each of their students what is needed to offer a fervent and enduring “yes” to the universal call to holiness.
We believe that this is best achieved through first, a rigorous study of classical and Christian thinkers who serve as guides to each student and second, the participation in a Christian and thoroughly Catholic environment that we seek to cultivate at St. Benedict Elementary.
How Do We Seek to Accomplish This?
At St. Benedict Elementary we seek to support parents who have chosen to entrust their children to us. Because we see education in light of each child’s final end, we see the importance of supporting parents in this great mission. Thus, we encourage parental leadership in each child’s learning process because we know that this intellectual, moral, and spiritual formation begins and ends at home. There are three ways, integral to the mission of our school, in which we seek to accomplish this. First, each year we offer parent and teacher seminars, which serve as a source of continual formation for the adults in the students’ lives. Second, we make regular communication about learning objectives for each week a priority so that the budding intellectual lives of our students can continue to develop and flourish, augmented by the family. Finally, we promote family involvement in the St. Benedict Community through parent volunteers during the school each day, prayer groups for parents, family service projects, and St. Benedict parent and family social activities. Thus, we work together to build a faith and intellectual community in which our children and families can grow inside both the school and the home.
Tuition, Fees and Scholarships
Tuition and fees for the following year and the payment schedule are released in late January. Tuition and fees are outlined on our website. As a help to parents, a notice will go out to parents as due dates approach. If a payment is overdue beyond two weeks, the Business Office will send out notice, a late fee may be assessed. Tuition will not be refunded in the case of withdrawal, suspension or expulsion from the school.
The current School Calendar may be found on the Calendar & Events page.
School Policies and Procedures
Students may be dropped off between 7:35 – 8:05 am
Attendance & Morning Prayer: 8:05 am
Dismissal: 2:40 pm
School Business Hours: 7:30 am – 3:30 pm, except during breaks from school and summer. Please limit school business to these hours.
Drop-off and Pick-Up Procedures
To ensure the safety of all schoolchildren, to promote respect for neighboring businesses, and to maintain orderly traffic patterns, the Natick Police have required, and will be monitoring compliance of, the following drop-off and pick-up procedures. We thank you in advance for your cooperation in adhering to this transportation policy.
All left turns are prohibited at all times when entering or exiting the school.
Drivers accessing the school are to use the one-way southernmost driveway (on right facing school) to enter and the northern driveway to exit the school parking lot.
- All cars must proceed through the parking lot as efficiently as possible to avoid a back-up on Pleasant Street.
- Should the school driveway be at capacity as you approach, please circle around the block; do not queue on Pleasant Street.
If approaching the school from points north (Natick Center, Wellesley, Sherborn), please use Route 16 (Eliot Street) to turn onto Mill Lane (the street that runs behind the Bacon Free library), and then make a left turn onto Pleasant Street. You will then access the school driveway by means of a right turn. Entering the school by way of a left turn off Pleasant Street is prohibited.
When exiting the school, drivers must turn right out of the school driveway and enter the right turn only lane at the intersection of Eliot Street (Route 16)/Union Street/Pleasant Street. Left turns out of the school are prohibited. Vehicles destined in another direction can utilize the connection to Union Street to reverse direction. (See map below.)
(Note that the exit is a shared right?of?way with the adjacent properties. So while traffic from our site will utilize this driveway as a one?way exit, beware that the abutting properties have a right to enter via this driveway.)
Drop-off and pick-up of students is prohibited on Pleasant Street. There is no curb-side parking on Pleasant Street.
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