Building a strong foundation for our youth through values, community , and faith-based education.

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937 898 5104

405 E. National Rd

Vandalia, Ohio 45377

07:30 am - 3:30 pm

Monday to Friday Office Hours

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937 898 5104

405 E. National Road Vandalia, Ohio 45377

07:30 am - 3:30 pm

Monday to Friday

Points of Pride

Points of Pride

Take a look at some of our offerings – and our accomplishments and points of pride over the past year or two.

FAITH

Prayer

We believe in the humility, discipline, and grace that comes from starting and ending every day with prayer.

Daily religion classes

Teachers teach the doctrines of Catholicism rooted in Scripture, Tradition, and the teachings of the Catholic Church.

As teachers and students share personal stories during daily religion class, a bond of trust is built. Sharing leads to learning. Students grow spiritually and build a deeper relationship with God. Because teachers talk openly about their own faith life, students learn to do the same.

Teachers are not afraid to step outside the curriculum momentarily for the chance to share a personal experience, teach a life lesson, or challenge students to do the right thing.

Weekly Masses and more

Students have opportunities every day and every week to live their faith at school. They can worship at weekly Masses, pray the rosary, and experience school traditions like our Praise Walk and retreats, complete with silence, meditation, Bible reflections, song, and dance.

 

ACADEMICS

St. Christopher School accreditation

  • Fully accredited through The Ohio Catholic School Accrediting Association (we adhere to the Graded Course of Study provided by the Archdiocese of Cincinnati)

St. Christopher School curriculum

  • Approved by the Ohio Department of Education (we are in compliance standards)

St. Christopher School teachers

  • Are fully licensed and certified through the Ohio Department of Education
  • Know each student personally
  • Become trusted confidants: nurturing adults that students turn to for help inside and outside of schoo 

Specialized staff at St. Christopher

  • Intervention specialists
  • Remedial reading teacher
  • Guidance counselor
  • We also have access to a speech and hearing therapist, school psychologist, physical therapist, vision specialist and other professionals as needed

Honors reading and honors math

  • Offered to qualified students in grades 6–8

High-school level courses offered for high school credit

  • Honors geometry: 8th grade
  • Spanish: 7th and 8th grades

A well-rounded education

  • By participating in art, music, physical education, and computer classes every week, students get the chance to discover and develop new talents that might otherwise remain unexplored

School library

  • Students check out books weekly

Traditional class field trips

  • Camp Kern three-day trip for 6th graders
  • Athletes in Action challenge course and cooperative activities for 7th graders
  • Washington, D.C., trip for 8th graders

Other field trips

  • Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm
  • Carillon Historical Park
  • Cincinnati Zoo
  • Dayton Philharmonic concerts via SPARK (School Partners with Artists Reaching Kids)
  • Maria Stein retreat house
  • Newport Aquarium
  • Science Day at Kings Island
  • SunWatch Indian Village/Archaeological Park
  • S. Air Force Museum
  • Urban art history trip
  • Vandalia Maintenance Garage
  • Water treatment plant

President’s Outstanding Academic Achievement Award: any Honor Roll all three trimesters (2016-2017 school year)

  • Award recipients: 19 of 38 St. Christopher 8th graders

President’s Outstanding Academic Excellence Award: straight As all three trimesters (2016-2017 school year)

  • Award recipients: 8 of 38 St. Christopher 8th graders

Hall of Excellence: straight As in both 7th and 8th grades: (2016-2017 school year)

  • Award recipients: 5 of 38 St. Christopher 8th graders

Students who are struggling are never forgotten, lost, or left behind

  • If a student needs extra attention, teachers unite and decide what they can do together to help a student succeed
  • Because teachers care, they never give up
  • Before long, a student who said, “I can’t!” now says, “I can!”

 

EXTRACURRICULARS

Power of the Pen recognition, St. Christopher students (2016-2017 school year)

  • Individual category: 2nd and 4th place
  • District team: 2nd place
  • District best of round: 1 student
  • State qualifier: 1 student

Winners from St. Christopher in Chaminade Julienne’s Catholic Schools Writing Contest for 7th and 8th graders (2016-2017 school year)

  • Essay: 1st and 2nd place winners
  • Poetry contest: 3rd place winner
  • Short story: 3rd place winner
  • Honorable mention: 4 winners

Montgomery County Science Day qualifiers from St. Christopher (2016-2017 school year)

  • Qualifiers from the 8th grade: 10 students
  • West District Science Day qualifiers: 2 students
  • State Science Day qualifiers: 1 student

National Geographic Bee (2016-2017 school year)

  • State qualifier: 1 student from St. Christopher

Dayton Area Catholic Schools Spelling Bee (2016-2017 school year)

  • Winner: 1 student from St. Christopher 

Grade school band

  • Offered to St. Christopher students in grades 4–8

CYO sports (Catholic Youth Organization)

  • Offered to St. Christopher students in grades 4–8 (golf, basketball, volleyball, track, and socce

Some CYO sports highlights from 2016-2017:

  • A record number of participants in golf, track, and volleyball
  • 2016: Division 2 – 2nd place in golf
  • 2016: Division 3 – low score in golf (Adam Kutter)
  • 2016: 4th grade boys’ soccer won 1st place in the tournament
  • 2016-2017: 7th/8th grade girls’ basketball won 1st place in the 8th grade division tournament
  • 2017: Division 2 – 1st place in golf
  • 2017: 5th grade boys’ soccer tied for 1st place regular season
  • 2017: 6th grade boys’ volleyball won 2nd place in the tournament

Presidential Youth Fitness Program (2016-2017 school year)

  • Award recipients: 32 of 38 St. Christopher 8th graders

 

LEADERSHIP AND SERVICE

Young leaders

Our youngest students get their first taste of leadership when they are asked to read at Mass. Because students get leadership experiences early and in every grade, leadership is a skill that is well-developed here. As students get better at leadership, they get better at making decisions.

Prayer Families

Each year we form dozens of new Prayer Families at St. Christopher: student groups with a few children from each grade.

Older students in each Prayer Family accept the responsibility to care for younger students in their Prayer Family during weekly Masses, assemblies, and all-school programs and service projects.

Because students feel connected to other students from every grade, Prayer Families unite our entire school.

United by a cause, individual students and entire classrooms learn how to put the needs of others first, make personal connections with people who are less fortunate, and improve lives

Student Council (2016-2017 school year)

  • Donated 11 Build-A-Bear teddy bears to Dayton Children’s Hospital
  • Raised and donated money to the Pink Ribbon Girls, which supports and empowers women fighting against breast and reproductive cancers
  • Raised and donated money to the Vandalia Food Pantry
  • Collected and donated toys to Dayton Children’s Hospital
  • Prepared care packets for the homeless and others in need through St. Vincent de Paul 

Art Service (2016-2017 school year)

  • Sold custom artwork and donated the proceeds to Doctors Without Borders ($1,200) and House of Bread ($1,200)

Heart Healthy Challenge Walk (2016-2017 school year)

  • Raised $1,200 to purchase holiday hams and turkeys for the Vandalia Food Pantry