In 1981, the Jesuit high schools in America created a document titled The Profile of the Graduate of a Jesuit High School at Graduation or “The Grad-at-Grad”. This document isthe basis of Bishop Canevin’s 10-Year Plan because of its comprehensive scope and its value orientation.
In describing the qualities desired in a high school graduate, Jesuit schools chose qualities in five general categories that are desirable, not only for this threshold period of a student’s life, but also for his/her adult life. They are qualities that characterize the kind of person living an adult Christian life in the 21st century.
By graduation, our Bishop Canevin graduates will have grown significantly and will be able to demonstrate that he/she is:
- Open to Growth
- Intellectually Accomplished
- Committed to Charity and Justice
All of the characteristics in these five areas which are explained below are in dynamic interaction; the division into the five categories simply provides a helpful way to analyze and describe the graduate.
In presenting this profile, we recognize that our influence on a student’s growth is limited. Other influences, frequently out of direct control of the school, such as family, friends, the youth culture and the general social environment in which on lives, will hinder or foster the student’s growth. But Bishop Canevin High School will intentionally use its resources to bear on fostering our students’ growth in the direction of this profile.
By the time of graduation the Bishop Canevin student
will have demonstrated the following five values:
- Open to Growth – The Bishop Canevin student, at the time of graduation, has matured as a person – emotionally, intellectually, physically, socially, religiously – to a level that reflects some intentional responsibility for one’s own growth. The graduate is beginning to reach out in his or her development, seeking opportunities to stretch one’s mind, imagination, feelings, and religious consciousness.
- Intellectually Accomplished – The Bishop Canevin graduate at graduation should exhibit a mastery of academic skills for advanced education and development of character. The graduate is trained in basic study and research skills so that he or she is prepared for life-long creative learning. He or she is developing an aesthetic capacity as well as intellectual integrity and honesty. The graduate’s repertoire of knowledge enables him or her to view the community in a compassionate and hopeful way. Similarly, the graduate is developing a critical consciousness, which enables him or her to analyze and question the issues facing our society. The graduate is learning that different branches of knowledge provide alternate approaches to truth, and that faith and reason are complementary and compatible.
- Religious – By graduation, the Bishop Canevin student will have a basic knowledge of the major doctrines and practices of the Catholic Church and, in particular, will have developed a familiarity with Ignatian spirituality. The graduate will also have examined his or her own religious feelings and beliefs with a view to choosing a fundamental orientation toward God and establishing a relationship with a religious tradition and/or community. The Bishop Canevin graduate is knowledgeable and respectful of diverse religious traditions. His or her faith should enlighten his/her interactions and understanding of the wider world. He/she has developed his/her religious conscience through involvement in study of Church teachings, academic endeavors, service and school activities. The graduate evaluates moral choices with increasing clarity. His/her faith and conscience direct him/her toward taking an active concern for social justice.
- Loving – By graduation, the Bishop Canevin student is well on the way to establishing an identity that is moving beyond self-interest and self-centeredness in relationships through learning to trust the fidelity of some friends, family members and adults both in the school community and the world at large. The graduate is beginning to be able to risk some deeper levels of relationship involving honest self-disclosure and acceptance of the mystery of another person. He or she feels more at ease and mature with persons of other races, genders, faith traditions, ethnicities, socioeconomic backgrounds and various abilities. The graduate has come to appreciate deeper personal friendships but is also learning that not all relationships are profound and long lasting. He or she believes that healthy, loving relations are essential to the human experience and has begun to accept that being a loving person will often require personal sacrifice. The graduate is clearly beyond childhood and is moving toward the confidence and freedom of a mature adult.
- Committed to Charity and Justice – The Bishop Canevin High School graduate is beginning to understand the justice implications inherent in Christ’s commandment to love one another, and to make decisions based on the Gospel values that may sometimes conflict with the values of a materialistic society. He or she has been inspired to develop the awareness and skills necessary to live in a global society as a person for and with others and has acquired considerable knowledge of the many needs of local, national and global communities. The graduate is preparing for the day when he or she will take a place in these communities as a competent, concerned and responsible member while striving to practice a sustainable lifestyle based on an awareness of social, economic and environmental consequences. Although this commitment to doing justice will come to fruition in mature adulthood, some predispositions have begun to manifest themselves at the present time.