Academic Excellence is a Dominican Tradition
St. Dominic de Guzman (1172 - 1221), the son of a Spanish noble, founded one of the largest religious Orders in the Catholic Church. The Order of Preachers (O.P.), popularly known as “The Dominicans” is dedicated to preaching Truth acquired through study and prayer. Dominicans can be found leading and teaching at academic institutions at all levels of study: elementary, high school, and university.
The Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia from Nashville, TN have served St. Gertrude School since its foundation in 1934. St. Gertrude is a Dominican Parish served by the Dominican Friars of the Province of St. Joseph. The parish is home to the provincial novitiate and there are many Dominican priests and brothers on site.
Young people are entrusted to us for a significant period of time in their lives. Our goal is to educate them in what will foster growth and maturity, helping them to acquire the skills necessary to become independent thinkers and to gain a love for all that is truly human.
In addition to pursuing the truths to be found in academic excellence, we invite our students to realize that Truth is a Person – namely, Jesus Christ. All truths found in the created world are reflections of Him – the Word of God.
Virtues are good habits, developed by practicing good deeds with God’s grace. Our “Virtues in Practice” curriculum is a three-year, school-wide cycle. It includes introduction to new saints each month, classroom activities, role-plays, and monthly projects where parents help students choose a goal for living that month’s virtue.
Loving One Another in Christ
Our school is a school of love and our students are formed into leaders and community members at every grade level. Our kindergarteners begin to learn service by helping to keep the parish hymnals tidy, attending weekly school Masses, and spending time in adoration on First Fridays. By the time our students are in 8th grade, they lead “households” of mixed ages, make a consecration to the Sacred Heart, and regularly pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy for the students they lead. They are prepared both intellectually and spiritually to succeed in high school and wherever God may lead them.