For decades, St. Robert Catholic School has attracted families from throughout the Sacramento region. We believe that families are drawn to St. Robert School, in part, for our academic excellence. Not only do we encourage the best from our students, but we also expect the best from our teachers.

Excellence in the classroom is a quality that every parent should demand. It is also a phrase that may be overused in the educational circle. In recognition of this, we recently sat down with our teachers to explore what this phrase might mean on a day-to-day basis.

Here’s what we learned.

Excellence in the classroom is as dynamic as it is multi-faceted. It is both a progressive process of learning and an interactive process of engagement by both students and teachers. It may be as simple as kindergarten students learning to become more independent in working on class assignments to fourth-grade students finding comfort in giving oral presentations. It may be seen in the extra minute that teachers spend with individual students to offer the support needed to make the final step towards success. Excellence is when teachers enable students to connect with the topic at hand and spur them to raise more questions than there might be answers. It may be felt in the sense of security that students develop – the feeling of safety that allows them to explore the endless possibilities ahead. Traces of excellence may be found in each step along the way to graduation. But, ultimately, excellence may be found when our students are able to apply what they have learned at St. Robert to high school, college, and beyond.