Philosophy and Mission

  • The Campus School of Carlow University is a Catholic, independent, laboratory school for pre-kindergarten through grade eight, and a Montessori school for 3, 4 and 5 year olds. Located in the center of the campus of Carlow University, the school enjoys many enriching benefits associated with its relationship to the University. The roots of the school’s program are found in the values-based tradition of the Sisters of Mercy, its founders and the educational legacy they began over a century ago. The Campus School traces its heritage back to 1844 when the Sisters of Mercy began St. Mary’s Academy. The educational tradition continued and in 1963, grades seven to twelve were moved to a new facility in the rapidly growing Monroeville area. St. Mary’s Academy, with kindergarten through grade six, then forged a relationship with Mount Mercy College to become known as the Mount Mercy College Campus School. The faculty and students of both educational entities could benefit from each other’s expertise, facilities and population. Thus, a mutually enriching and energizing educational relationship came into being with the official founding of the Campus School. When the college adopted the name of Carlow College in 1969, the elementary school became Carlow College Campus School. In 2004, the college reached university status and the elementary school officially became The Campus School of Carlow University.

    Based on this heritage, The Campus School offers a supportive, challenging learning environment that focuses on the total development of the child. Judeo-Christian values are integrated into the contemporary liberal arts program. Recognizing the parents as the primary educators of their children, The Campus School strives to maintain an open and productive relationship with parents and strives to nurture the seeds of mercy planted when the Sisters of Mercy first envisioned this institution. The cooperative efforts of parents and teachers contribute to the creation of compassionate and productive citizens. The Gospel values of respect and care for all persons as children of the same Creator continuously are cultivated.

    Teachers and students plan and lead various forms of daily classroom and seasonal para-liturgical reflections, services and occasional Eucharistic Liturgies with respect to religious differences. Students are encouraged to engage in service activities that enable them to become aware of local and global needs.

    Judeo-Christian values are integrated throughout the school’s holistic educational approach of lifelong learning through a sequential goal-oriented learning process. Developing basic skills in an academic atmosphere of learning through discovery affords an environment that fosters open inquiry. This takes place through opportunities for debate, discussion and critiques of one’s own expressive efforts.

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