Parents are encouraged to play an active role in their child’s education at St. Katharine Drexel School. It is comforting for parents to know that there are others who are willing to be true partners with them in the growth and education of their children. Parents who choose St. Katharine Drexel School for the education of their children also choose to be a part of a powerful network of people who share common Christian beliefs and values. School researchers call this value-added benefit of community “social capital.” They have found that social capital adds real value to the overall school experience for children and their families. Children achieve greater academic and social gains when they spend their school days in an environment where the greater Catholic school community supports them.
Parents and the parish community are invested in and committed to the education of the students. Parents choose to send their children to St. Katharine Drexel School, and the parish continues to support the school financially, because it is a family-orientated environment with strong academics and faith formation. St. Katharine Drexel School parents are actively involved in their child’s education. As parents are called upon to help with driving for field trips, facilitating holiday parties, volunteering to read in the classrooms, or even supervising/serving in the lunchroom, they continually reinforce the values and mission of the school.
The volunteer “grandparent” program is another way students witness service from others in the community. These grandparents come on a regular basis to help in any capacity needed. The impact that the grandparents have reaches beyond the classroom walls. When students see the grandparents, whether it's in the hallway, lunchroom, church on the weekends, or even shopping at HyVee, their eyes light up. The positive influence these grandparents provide will last for years to come.
After school programs offered at St. Katharine Drexel School help develop the full potential of students. During the course of a year, students have opportunities to join the following clubs: Chess Club, First Lego League, Praise Singers, Life Runners, Safety Patrol, and the KSKD School News Crew. Through these clubs, students develop a sense of responsibility and leadership, as well as a bond with the greater school community. St. Katharine Drexel School also offers a Before and After School program for students. This program is staffed by school employees and is offered for preschool through sixth grade students. In this comfortable and safe environment, students have a snack, complete homework with tutoring, play outside and in the gym, create craft projects and much more.