About Saint Raphael Catholic School

Preschool-8th Catholic Classical School

At Saint Raphael Catholic School we are building joy! We are a Catholic classical school, grades Preschool-8th grade, located in the heart of the Crystal community. Our mission is to cultivate a family-centered community that classically forms students through a faithfully Catholic education, bringing forth joyful witnesses to the love of Jesus Christ.

The foundation of a faithfully Catholic and classical education is the traditional understanding of the human person.  This conviction begins with the belief in universal human nature (that all men are created equal with a body, soul, intellect, desires, and free will), and ends with the belief that each human person is created imago Dei, that is, in the image and likeness of God. Our school, therefore, takes as its primary goal the student’s formation to understand with wisdom and understanding who they are, where they are, and where they are going.  

We accomplish our mission in partnership with our students’ parents. The Catechism of the Catholic Church is clear that “parents are the primary educators of their children.” And similarly, “the role of every parent is to educate their children in the Catholic faith.” Our school is founded on transcendental values of truth, beauty and goodness. To communicate these values to students takes an army of living references who respond with love, patience, faith and wisdom in both good and turbulent times. 

In the classroom, our teachers convey these transcendental values first by living the conviction that each student is the likeness of God. Standards of excellence, respect, and dignity are expected at age-appropriate academic, social, emotional, and physical levels. Second, our school has adopted a classical curriculum model from the Western education tradition. This model stresses reading and discussing classical texts in a rigorous liberal arts tradition. The primary years of this model are spent absorbing facts and systematically laying the foundations for advanced study. In higher grades, students learn logic, semantics, and argumentation.

Building Joy for 70 Years

Saint Raphael Catholic School is growing! As we celebrate building joy for 70 years, we also welcome our new families, and happily announce that we are accepting K-8 enrollments for the 2024-25 academic year. Saint Raphael families are proud of our small classroom sizes, emphasis on forming virtuous character, and commitment to academic excellence. Similarly, our preschool program is geared towards Kindergarten-readiness, and is offered year-round for all potty-trained 3 and 4 year olds. Saint Raphael Preschool offers flexible scheduling with 2-5 days a week, and both full-time and part-time programming.

Faithfully Catholic

Saint Raphael Catholic School nurtures the development of each child through elite, classical, Catholic education that stresses the love of Jesus Christ. The church calls Catholic educators to form the intellect, imagination, and sacramental worldview of young scholars, and Saint Raphael does this by: 

  • a joyful Catholicity that emphasizes the value of prayer, liturgy and the sacraments
  • faithful obedience to the Magisterium of the Catholic Church
  • curriculum that seeks to instill Christian values, cultivate spiritual formation, and develop intellectual and personal excellence
  • curricular and co-curricular activities that emphasize Christian virtue, integrity and self-control
  • rhetorical formation for students to speak on matters of faith in wisdom and confidence

Classical Curriculum

An education from Saint Raphael Catholic School fosters a love of learning, personal excellence, and logical thinking, rather than merely meeting standard achievement goals. Students are expected to take pride and ownership of their learning, and to ask well formed questions. Informed by the western tradition, and formed by two-thousands years of Christian classical education, Saint Raphael students are expected to engage deeply with their learning for the love of wisdom and personal formation.

  • emphasis on grammar, logic, rhetoric, and the classics, and on universal fields such as the humanities, arts and sciences
  • topics are stressed as important because they are beautiful and lend to a well-formed soul, rather than modern education models which value ideas as useful or trendy
  • morals are instilled into subject fields. Students are taught to to value and build character rather than questioning actions as of relative or neutral importance 
  • questions are encouraged, especially beyond the classroom topic
  • rather than using entertainment to engage learning, students will be held to a high standard of excellence and learn to enjoy a sense of achievement in their academic excellence

Family Centered

Our culture is based on the conviction that parents are the primary educators of their children. A Saint Raphael Catholic School education furthers the family values and formation received at home in the wholistic growth of the student. We take pride that Saint Raphael families know each other’s names, partake in community activities, and have their voices heard in the advancement of the school.

  • fostering respectful and open communication among parents, staff, students and alumni
  • A variable tuition rate which molds to each family’s unique financial resources, such that an elite, classic, Catholic education is available to everyone
  • founding education on dignity by teaching that all are made in the image of God
  • defending the culture of life by being unconditionally Pro-Life, and celebrating all ethnicities, languages, and socio-economic backgrounds
  • nurturing young minds with age-appropriate material in progression towards mature content