Our facilities should reflect the values and philosophies of the Cathedral community, and inspire the wonders happening inside them.
"There's an almost magical experience that happens within the walls of Cathedral." ~ Emily Coborn '04
Walk the halls of Cathedral High School during the school year. You will see a deep sense of community in which loving relationships between students and staff are born out of our Catholic faith. Successes are celebrated, sorrows and joys are felt deeply, and hopes are supported by one another.
This sense of community is deepened by the incredibly meaningful opportunities in the broader community that allow our students to experience the world from a first hand vantage point; life-changing opportunities such as local and global social justice experiences (volunteering at Catholic Charities, St. Cloud Hospital, Place of Hope, Quiet Oaks Hospice, long-term care facilities, raking leaves or shoveling for elderly neighbors, church ministries, service trips to Guatemala and Tanzania, etc...), course-related field trips, month-long canoe trips in the Canadian wilderness, and travel-learning experiences to Germany, Spain, Italy, and several U.S. cities.
Teachers are focused on providing a rigorous 21st century learning experience that develops the skills necessary to be leaders in society, citizenship, and in the 21st century workplace. Through collaboration and problem solving, teachers develop innovative instructional methods, technology, simulations, and materials that allow students to practice these skills within the rigorous content.
The education received at Cathedral High School is exceptional, but our faculty have to work hard to create this experience in facilities that lack 21st century learning spaces, flexibility and equipment necessary to innovate, create and collaborate.
The newest facility on the Cathedral campus is 50 years old, and it is a gym. The newest academic facility is now over 60 years old. Styles for teaching and learning have changed, and our facilities are holding us back.
Some of the programs with the most room for facility improvements include science, engineering and visual arts. As a Catholic school, it is also notable that the only dedicated prayer space is a small chapel that is unable to comfortably accommodate a single classroom. Cathedral should be a leader in education with facilities that enhance the programs being offered, preparing students for the world in a Catholic environment. Our students are excelling despite our current facilities. Just think of what they could do in facilities that promote success!
The Campaign for Cathedral is a necessary next step in providing flexible spaces that support 21st century teaching and learning.
The new building will address all of the facility limitations currently felt with science, engineering and visual arts. It will also include a chapel, a community room facing the Mississippi River, and collaboration spaces on both the first and second floors. It's design encourages hands on learning, creativity and critical thinking among our students and faculty, which will position our students for even greater success in college and/or future careers.
In building, we are giving our students the opportunity to further develop key skills that position them to make an impact on their local and global communities.