The School of the Month for April is St. Cecilia Catholic School in Tustin.

Beyond the Classroom

On March 3, 2018, St. Cecilia’s Academic Decathlon Team competed against sixteen other Diocese of Orange schools to earn four team awards as well as four individual subject medals.

With a total student population of 309, St. Cecilia has competed consistently in this annual competition over the past decade, collecting numerous team and individual recognitions. This year was no different with the team earning first place in the Small Schools category for the third year in a row. Additionally, this year’s team received first place in the team Logic competition, third place in Super Quiz, and second place overall.

While they exceled as a team, the students also performed strongly in their individual subjects, taking home second place medals in Religion and Social Studies as well as third place medals in English and Literature.

Through the intensive months of practice, team members put into practice the study skills and time management techniques introduced in the classroom. Embracing the school’s motto of More Than School, they learn to effectively balance their daily academics, involvement in athletics, participation in FIRST LEGO League, requisite community service as members of the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS), and leadership roles on student council. This dedication in the pursuit toward excellence lays a stable foundation for success as they move forward in their academic careers.

Educating students from K3 through 8th Grade, St. Cecilia places emphasis on developing foundational skills in math and English language arts with cross-curricular learning in religion, social studies, and STEAM. With a firm belief in the formation of a holistic individual, St. Cecilia also offers opportunities for leadership and growth outside the classroom with spiritual retreats for every grade level from K5 through 8th Grade, a competitive art program, vocal and instrumental music, a student-run technical support team, and many more activities for varied interests.

For more information on St. Cecilia School, please contact Adina Braatz at [email protected] or call the school at (714) 544-5133 to schedule a tour.