– Jill Swallow, Everest Collegiate High School & Academy Formation Director
An Inheritance for Eternity
Everest Collegiate High School and Academy offers a Christ-Centered, authentically Catholic educational experience to its students. But what does that really mean for us as a school?
For starters, being Christ-Centered means a relationship with Christ is at the center of who we are. It is a necessity to achieve true fulfillment for each of us as persons. Whether we realize it or not, we have an innate desire to know Him and love Him. It comes from us being created in the image and likeness of God. The only way for us to know what it means to experience true happiness is by having a relationship with our Creator through the person of Jesus Christ.
To be authentically Catholic means that we are loyal to the teachings of the Catholic Church. We know the truth and follow the truth of what God taught regarding why we are here. We are here so that we might one day experience the joy of being with Him forever in Heaven.
A Catholic educational experience means that the school embodies the Catholic view of education. It is founded on the conviction that the educational process forms the whole child. Within the richness of our Catholic faith, we strive to fill the hearts and minds of every student at Everest with the knowledge that God loves them and made them for a unique purpose. In that way, they can recognize the beauty of who they are and who they are meant to be, so they can ultimately achieve the eternal life for which they were made.
We embrace the beauty of our Catholic tradition. Prayer and the sacraments enrich the school day by providing opportunities to encounter Christ. We offer optional daily Mass before or after school, weekly Mass for our academy students, and frequent Mass opportunities for our high school students. Out of devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the entire school participates in First Friday Mass each month. Reconciliation is available to students monthly or any time upon request. Students also participate in Eucharistic adoration, prayers for vocations, prayer to begin and end each class, and annual grade specific retreats.
Furthermore, Everest students have the opportunity to interact on a daily basis with priests and consecrated women of Regnum Christi. As persons who have responded to a special call from God, we take our mission of bringing Christ to others seriously. Our desire is to follow the example of Jesus who formed his disciples and sent them out to proclaim the good news of his Kingdom. Through the formation we offer, including one-on-one mentoring, students receive guidance as they develop into the Catholic Christian leaders they were created to be.
Within Faith Formation at Everest Collegiate High School and Academy, we believe that the only way to achieve excellence in the complete formation of the human person is through Him, with Him, and in Him. As Jesus himself states in John 14:6: “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” In that way, we are striving to build the Kingdom of Christ —one student at a time.
Sincerely yours in Christ,