Take a look at some of our offerings – and our accomplishments and points of pride over the past year or two.
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.
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 school
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
- 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
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
- US Air Force Museum
- Vandalia Maintenance Garage
- Water treatment plant
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!”
National Geographic Bee
Dayton Area Catholic Schools Spelling Bee
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 soccer
CYO Sports Highlights:
- An after school club with the stated goals:
- Team Building and cooperative skills
- Utilization of the engineering design process – brainstorming solutions to problems, creating plans, executing and testing final designs
- Reflection, communication and exploration of redesign and final design.
LEADERSHIP AND SERVICE
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.
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
- A service oriented and leadership organization for grades 4-8. They support many service projects such as the Vandalia-Butler Food Pantry, St. Vincent de Paul, and Dayton Children’s Hospital. Student Council also leads our Praise Walks, Pep Rallies and guides Catholic Schools Week activities.
- Sold custom artwork and donated the proceeds to Doctors Without Borders and House of Bread
Heart Healthy Challenge Walk