– Gregory Reichert, Everest Collegiate High School and Middle School Principal
– Susan Ender, Everest Academy Elementary School Principal
What it Truly Means to Educate
At Everest Collegiate High School and Academy, the approach to education is unique as compared to most other primary and secondary institutions. The function of a Catholic education at Everest is multi-dimensional and works in support of all aspects of the person. The entire academic and social culture of the school works to provide an environment in which students are enabled to build and deepen their relationship with the person of Jesus Christ; to achieve academic objectives aimed at the pursuit of truth; and to actively grow in virtue. This undertaking is not merely about how much knowledge can be transferred to and retained by our students. It is about aligning that knowledge with the students’ development as complete persons who have been created in the image and likeness of God and prompting them to use the gifts their Creator has given them to fulfill the unique purpose for which they were each created. Through the process of Integral Formation®, we work to build a climate of growth – spiritually, apostolically, academically, and socially – realizing that the overall education of the person does not simply lie in the execution of an academic process, but in working to develop each of these interrelated areas of formation.
We are blessed with dedicated faculty and staff members who possess a comprehensive understanding of what it means to truly educate. They know firsthand that a student’s education is only complete when the development of the intellect becomes the foundational element that supports spiritual growth and formation of character. These pieces must work together in harmony; otherwise, the process of receiving an education is reduced to mere instruction.
Rooted in the Catholic Christian belief that parents are the primary educators of their children as designed by God, an Everest education is a collaborative effort between school and family. We strive to provide an environment that compliments and reinforces the family and the baptismal promises of parents for their children. We know effective communication is paramount, and faculty and staff work together with parents to help students develop the unique gifts God has given each of them.
Because we view each student as being uniquely created by God, we focus a lot of effort on personal attention at Everest. We use a team approach to education. While our teachers serve the primary role of educating Everest students, the students’ growth in all areas is shared by an academic coordinator, dean of students, instructor of formation, director of formation, and a principal. With so many points of contact for our students, we can better focus on reinforcing the strengths of each child and improving those areas that need further growth.
Academics at Everest embodies the Catholic view of education which recognizes the true reality of the human person. Students are to be nurtured in such a way that intellectual capacities are developed in harmony with the formation of character, in turn supporting the recognition that we are spiritual beings created in the image of God. We firmly believe what is stated in Proverbs 24:3-4: “By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established; by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches.”
High School and Middle School Principal
Elementary School Principal