The mission of Catholic education is to provide a positive experience of God and the Church in the context of an excellent academic education. Academic excellence resulting from a rigorous curriculum is one of the hallmarks of Catholic schools, and the success of our students is continually demonstrated by superior scores on standardized tests and virtually a 100% high school graduation rate. Catholic school educators will never allow that to change. Learn more about this video. Also read our official statement on Catholic schools and the Common Core State Standards.