The Catholic Church supports quality education in both public and private institutions. All children especially the most vulnerable have an inalienable right to quality education. Parents have a primary duty and right to participate in the education of their children; as such, they should enjoy the fullest liberty in their choice of school. The state is bound by the principle of distributive justice to ensure that public funding for education is available so that parents are freely able to choose schools in accordance with their conscience. The state must also guarantee that all children have access to quality education in a safe and orderly environment.

In order to ensure that the teachings of our faith are passed on, the Catholic Church of West Virginia consists of 34 schools that integrate quality education with Catholic faith formation. Respecting the richness and diversity of our Diocese, the catholic school communities embody Christ and are committed to providing quality education for all students in a nurturing, Christ-centered environment. The schools host a solid curriculum that is rooted in the basics, yet provide a variety of co-curricular classes and extra-curricular activities to develop the whole child. Technology, fine arts and foreign language are a strong part of many of our school programs. Our schools work to accompany families in challenging children to recognize, develop and share their God-given gifts and talents. The Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston is proud to serve the church through the 25 elementary schools, 7 high schools, 1 independent Catholic school and Wheeling Jesuit University who together serve over 9,000 students each year.

We call for policies that -

  • Ensure a fair and equitable tax financing system for education;
  • Provide all parents a tax credit, a tax deduction or other incentives to help parents finance their children's education;
  • Ensure that children have access to safe havens in their communities before and after school and during the summer;
  • Provide all children with access to education-enhancing technology;
  • Encourage parental involvement in their children's education;
  • Allow schools to demonstrate accountability in ways that best meet the needs of parents and the local community;
  • Support child nutrition programs to insure good health and enhanced learning.