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About Epiphany School


A Letter From Our Principal

 

Dear Family and Friends of Epiphany Catholic School,

Catholic education is at the heart of the Catholic mission – a gift handed down through the generations by men and women with a sacrificial commitment to providing our children an education grounded in the love of Jesus Christ.  Although educational styles and philosophies have changed, the importance and vision of faithful Catholic schools, and the pivotal role that they must play in our children’s lives, have never wavered.   A Catholic education, steeped in truth, is one of the most important things we can give to our children.  As the Principal of Epiphany Catholic School, I take this responsibility very seriously and am committed to ensuring that our school provides students an education that will form them as Saints and Citizens for this world and the next.

Epiphany Catholic School has been a pillar of educational excellence in the northwestern suburbs of Minneapolis, Minnesota since 1967.  Our school has expanded both in structure and student population over the past fifty years.  Today, under the direction of our Pastor, Father Thomas Dufner, we teach over 430 students in Preschool through Grade 8.  Our team of dedicated, faith-filled staff members work tirelessly to ensure that the love of Christ is at the center of every school day, and the Catholic world view is at the core of every lesson.  Our curriculum, founded in the classical tradition, is continually reviewed for authenticity and value in training students to think critically and see with the eyes of Christ.  Our teachers are grounded in the Catholic Faith and take the Oath of Fidelity annually to remind our families and stakeholders that we are not only Catholic in word, but in mission and deed.   Every week our K-8 students celebrate Mass as a school and spend time with our Lord in Adoration in our school’s Our Lady of Fatima Chapel.  We make the Sacrament of Reconciliation available to our students regularly because we believe in the healing power of God’s mercy and forgiveness.  Our school calendar ebbs and flows within the Liturgical Seasons of the Church, celebrating Feast Days and Holy Days with passion and love for the great gift of our Faith.

I am personally committed to helping every family member and visitor see the good work of Christ and His Church in our school and in the efforts of our students and staff members.  In union with parents, my team and I are committed to forming God’s children in faith, virtue, and knowledge so that all may know and love Him according to His plan.  All are welcome to stop by for a visit to our beautiful school and parish, but if you are unable to visit, please join us spiritually in prayer for His Church and the children of Epiphany Catholic School.

Yours in Christ,

Ann Coone, Principal


Academic Overview and Catholic Identity

Epiphany Catholic School educates students in the fullest sense by grounding them in the Catholic tradition we love for what is good, true, and beautiful. We equip our students with the necessary skills to learn while cultivating virtue, fostering wonder, and developing person initiative.

We emphasize a Classical/Liberal Arts Curriculum because we want to share with our students the wisdom of the ages. We want our students to be able to engage in world affairs as truly free citizens according to the mind of Christ. We want to equip our students with the intellectual skills necessary to embrace a life of purpose and become leaders in the world.

We are very pleased with the results of our students’ NWEA MAP scores.  Please visit the attached links to obtain an overview of our most recent scores, our assessment philosophy, and general information about the MAP test.  Our school is committed to providing our students the very best education and formation possible.  This, in addition to outstanding parents who value Catholic education, and students who work hard, leads to the successful formation of young people in both academics and character.

A quick summary of our Fall 2018 MAP results in Math, Reading and Language Usage follow:

MATH

  • 66% of elementary students scored “High”, “High Average”, High Average, or High on the overall test.
  • 81% of middle school students scored Average, High Average, or High on the overall test.

READING

  • 71% of elementary students scored Average, High Average, or High on the overall test.
  • 81% of middle school students scored Average, High Average, or High on the overall test.

LANGUAGE USAGE

  • 74% of elementary students scored Average, High Average, or High on the overall test.
  • 89% of middle school students scored Average, High Average, or High on the overall test.

Assessment Philosophy

Assessment is an essential component in education.  Epiphany Catholic School will use assessment to measure a student’s knowledge prior to teaching, their progress during teaching, and their cumulative knowledge after teaching.  Diagnostic, formative and summative assessments will be used by K-8 teachers and administrators to support the educational process in all subjects.  Reports will be provided to parents regularly by teachers and at the completion of each MAP assessment and trimester.

 

Assessment Plan

Timetable NWEA-MAP Formative and Summative Report Cards
September – October Grades 1-8 These assessments are determined by the teacher according to curriculum goals and objectives.  Best practices will include pre-testing, formative testing, and post–testing. Trimester 1
January – February Grades 1-8 Trimester 2
April – May Grades K-8 Trimester 3


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