Profile of a CJ Graduate

This profile is an expansion of the mission statement wherein the characteristics that a graduate of Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School should possess upon his or her graduation are described. It should be noted, however, that because the graduate is not yet completely developed, this profile uses some descriptors written in developmental terms, such as “is developing, is beginning to.” Furthermore, the five characteristics chosen are mutually related and intertwined.

The graduate of Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School at graduation evidences that he or she is in the process of becoming a life-long learner who is service oriented, is a person of compassion and integrity, a person of faith and a contributing member of society.

A CJ GRADUATE AT GRADUATION IS IN THE PROCESS OF BECOMING A PERSON WHO IS A LIFE-LONG LEARNER.
This is evidenced by, a graduate who:

  • has mastered the fundamental skills of language and mathematics
  • has mastered the academic subjects required for entrance into college
  • has mastered the skills necessary for entering the work force
  • has mastered an organized approach to learning
  • understands how to access, evaluate and use information resources and media and is able to contribute to the body of knowledge by creating resources and media
  • has explored ideas and issues
  • is developing a mastery of logical skills and critical thinking
  • is developing the ability to apply knowledge and skills learned in one area to another and can adjust to a variety of learning formats
  • is beginning to enjoy intellectual pursuits
  • is beginning to develop a critical consciousness that enables one to better analyze the issues of the day and to evaluate the various points of view provoked by these issues
  • is beginning to develop an understanding of how knowledge and competence can be used to serve and transform society

A CJ GRADUATE AT GRADUATION IS IN THE PROCESS OF BECOMING SERVICE ORIENTED.
This is evidenced by, a graduate who:

  • has participated in service activities through Religious Studies classes as well as through other course options
  • has learned the rationale for service
  • has explored the connection between “doing” service and larger social issues
  • has had the opportunity to reflect on the service experiences through journaling and prayer
  • has had the opportunity to participate in a summer mission trip, and an urban plunge retreat, both activities that are intense work and prayer experiences
  • has grown to understand hunger and poverty through Hunger Awareness Week and food and clothing drives throughout the year

A CJ GRADUATE AT GRADUATION IS IN THE PROCESS OF BECOMING A PERSON OF COMPASSION AND INTEGRITY.
This is evidenced by, graduate:

  • has been introduced to the skills of self discipline and emotional control under many situations
  • demonstrates behaviors that evidence a positive regard for differences among persons
  • expresses in words and actions a sense of belonging to the CJ tradition and community
  • acts in ways that respect differences among individuals and empowers others in self respect
  • understands how working toward the common good helps the community
  • is committed to respect and include the marginalized in the ordinary events of daily life
  • demonstrates a growing habit of engaging the mind and heart, the intellect and spirit when making decisions
  • demonstrated honesty in word and deed and behaves justly toward others in words and deeds
  • understands the importance of being educated and that one is responsible for one’s own education
  • demonstrates increased growth in responsibility for one’s actions

A CJ GRADUATE AT GRADUATION IS IN THE PROCESS OF BECOMING A PERSON OF FAITH.
This is evidenced by, a graduate who:

  • has come to understand the connection between service and bring forth the Kingdom
  • has had the opportunity to encounter God through studying Scripture and the history of the Roman Catholic Church
  • has learned about and experienced the Church’s liturgical life—feasts, seasons, symbols
  • has experienced the Sacraments and knows their value and importance
  • is familiar with Church teaching on Social Justice
  • has learned a process to make moral decisions and knows the importance of making them
  • has been presented with religious vocational information
  • has had the opportunity to participate in retreats, service activities, and worship experiences
  • has had the opportunity to pray, both personally and within the community
  • understands the value of prayer
  • has demonstrated respect for people of other religious backgrounds
  • has grown in his/her ability to make moral decision
  • has had the opportunity to assimilate retreat experiences into daily living
  • has had the opportunity to create/enhance a spiritual life

A CJ GRADUATE AT GRADUATION IS IN THE PROCESS OF BECOMING A CONTRIBUTING MEMBER OF SOCIETY.
This is evidenced by, a graduate who:

  • understands that Christian faith implies a commitment to a just society
  • understands his/her responsibility to vote in local and national elections
  • is open to participating in a faith community
  • is open to participating in a civic organization
  • is beginning to understand the structural roots of injustice in social institutions, attitudes and customs
  • has developed a sense of responsibility for the marginalized
  • is beginning to understand the obligation to build a pluralistic community
  • understands one’s global connections and the problems that arise within our global community
  • is willing to confront some of those conflicts
  • is beginning to use his/her abilities and talents in a formal job setting