History & Philosophy
We participate in the continuous flow of history from the establishment of San Juan Capistrano Mission on November 1, 1776, until the present time. Under the leadership of Saint Junipero Serra, the Franciscans set about evangelizing and educating the Acjachemen-Juaneno Indians according to the Spanish and Mexican cultures. The Mission San Juan Capistrano continues to be a center of learning for these traditions. Because of this, Mission Basilica School students have the opportunity of being part of a history past, present, and in the making. They attend classes in a unique setting that provides scope for integrated studies.
In light of this historical heritage, Mission Basilica School takes the opportunity to continue the work of Blessed Junipero Serra through our evangelization and witness to the community of San Juan Capistrano.
The school’s Catholic identity is reflected in the following philosophy statement:
Mission Basilica School’s administration, faculty, and staff endorse the call of the Catholic Bishops of the United States to express their educational ministry through the objectives of personal spirituality, social justice, and a strong academic program in accord with the Curriculum Guide for Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Orange. As a Catholic academic community, we recognize the family as the primary educator of its children, and we strive to extend and support their efforts.
We nourish the continuing growth, development, and uniqueness of every student, encouraging all students to achieve their highest potential. It is the consensus of the faculty that every human being has a right to pursue knowledge corresponding with his/her dignity and God-given ability. We provide an environment where each student is given the opportunity to reach their greatest potential spiritually, intellectually, emotionally, physically, socially, and globally. Education is of the utmost importance; through education and guidance, the children of today become the Catholic citizens of tomorrow.
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