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“Why the Catholic school?” is a question I get asked frequently. As a senior at Tyburn Academy, I got to see and experience firsthand the many blessings that come with a Catholic education. Yes, the student body is small. Yes, academics require a rigorous course load. Yes, we are held to seemingly strict moral standards. But in a Christian understanding of the world, things that seem negative are redeemed by Christ for the positive. In a Catholic school, we understand that in the student body we are members of His mystical body, the truth of Christ is rigorously studied, and the faith-led environment is what sets a Catholic school apart.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church states, “A child is not something you owe, but it is a gift. Unlike anywhere else, students are considered a gift, and therefore treated as such. Teachers care for each student as an individual and want to develop and shape them into the best versions of themselves. They take the time to get to know each other and establish a relationship with the students. Through these relationships, they are better able to meet the needs of students. It is understood that everyone has different interests and abilities and is therefore able to provide instructions accordingly. There really is an investment in student success. This investment transforms the whole atmosphere into one of sincere love and encouragement.

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Tyburn’s student body may seem small; however, the close-knit community only enhances the high school experience. It is filled with joy, happiness and constant laughter. The “crusader pride” is contagious, resulting in exciting and competitive sports games. The friendships formed within a Catholic school are Christ-centered and built around the search for truth. Genuine love of neighbor combined with a faith-centered community creates an atmosphere for students to thrive.

Tyburn offers courses that enrich education by engaging students in a thought-provoking way unlike education offered elsewhere. Through courses in Latin, Philosophy, Ethics and Metaphysics, Logic and Rhetoric, students develop important critical thinking skills that lead them to better understand even the most difficult topics. By improving students’ thinking skills, they are prepared to face the many challenges that arise throughout life.

In a Catholic school, the faith is not just confined to one class but is embedded in the environment all around. Theology courses teach the person of Christ, but they are rooted in his encounter. Once these foundations are established, students are able to embrace each other as if they were embracing Christ. Students are then able to take these practices and share them with a world that lacks the compassion that resembles His love. This is what distinguishes a Catholic school.

All of these elements within a Catholic school shaped and developed me into the person I am today. When I look back and reflect on my upbringing, it becomes so clear that my success has its roots in Catholic education. For the past four years, I’ve kept a note on my phone that I call my “High School Highlights.” Every memory it contains remains as evidence of my testimony. During my first year, I was able to make a pilgrimage to Rome and attend my very first Walk for Life. During my sophomore year, I had the privilege of watching my fellow students and teachers come together to lift each other up in a difficult time for all. In my freshman year we had a talent show and one of the teachers was so committed to the event that he learned a bagpipe song and performed it. On top of that, I was elected captain of our Lady Crusader football team; we won the championship after an unbeaten season.

I am now approaching the end of this chapter of my life, but I leave confident and grateful, for I have been well instructed and blessed. After nine years at St. Joseph’s School and four years at Tyburn, I have witnessed the difference a Catholic education can make.

Chloe Reohr is a senior at Tyburn Academy of Mary Immaculate and previously attended St. Joseph’s School for grades K-8. Chloe has been accepted to Belmont Abbey College, Franciscan University of Steubenville and Clarkson University. She hopes to pursue a career in physiotherapy. For more information about Tyburn, an independent Catholic school recognized by the Diocese of Rochester located at 17 Clymer St., Auburn, call (315) 252-2937 or visit tyburnacademy.com.

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