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Statement of Philosophy

Rayne Catholic Elementary is a community of faith which embraces the sacraments of the Catholic Church and promotes learning.  Rayne Catholic fosters a sense of community and provides for a safe and nurturing school environment.  We also provide quality instruction and educational resources to insure the academic growth of the students.  We strive to focus on the total development of the child: spiritual, intellectual, emotional, social, and physical.
As a Catholic school, we embrace the responsibility of the formation of young women and men toward adult maturity and active membership in the church and society. Rayne Catholic Elementary challenges and encourages our community to maintain respect in all relationships by encountering Jesus Christ in everyone we meet and in everything we do.  We promote the importance of academic learning, the value of service, the spirit of justice and charity, and the opportunity to learn through experience.  Although religious instruction is important, we believe that a relationship with Jesus Christ is best fostered through living the Gospels, the Sacraments, the Ten Commandments, as well as all the teachings of the Catholic Church. 
As a Eucharistic family, Rayne Catholic Elementary strengthens the Christian way of life by teaching and promoting prayer and worship as part of everyday life at school and at home.  In addition, we open each member to the experience of God’s unconditional love and empower individuals to live out their God-given purpose and reach their God-given potential.
St. Joseph:  Our school began as a parish school for the Roman Catholic Parish of St. Joseph’s in Rayne, Louisiana and was named St. Joseph High School (1st through 12th grades) before merging with the other Acadia Parish High Schools and forming present day Notre Dame High School of Acadia Parish.
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel:  Since our school was established by the Sisters of Mt. Carmel, we forever remember the works of the Order as well as our beloved Virgin Mary who forever intercedes for us.
St. Katherine Drexel:  St. Katherine Drexel and her order established Our Mother of Mercy School in Rayne and, with the merging of our two schools, we still remember the heritage of both schools.