Austin is a Catholic, coed, independent school in the Augustinian tradition that strives to prepare its students for success in higher education and in their adult lives, for leadership in a diverse democracy, and for lives of service to others in the spirit of Jesus Christ.
We attempt to base the life and work of the school and our relationships with one another on the Great Commandment and the pursuit of the Augustinian characteristics of Veritas, Unitas, and Caritas, or Truth, Unity, and Love.
We believe that all teachers and administrators share responsibility for students’ formation through their direct instruction, through the example of their daily behavior, language and demeanor, and through their support of students’ participation in the spiritual life of the school.
As community has always been at the core of Catholic religious experience, so, too, all interactions that proceed from school life should reaffirm all members’ sense of belonging, regardless of their age, role or responsibilities. Steady growth in the understanding and appreciation of this principle of community is one of the most important focuses of our approach to education. As students mature, we attempt to extend this sense of community to the larger society and to all of its people.
This is the context in which we state the following educational goals:
A. To provide for our students a curriculum that embraces the totality of the person: intellectual, moral, spiritual, social, aesthetic, and physical.
B. To challenge all students to achieve their maximum potential according to the gifts God has given them.
C. To guide the students and help them to prepare for further education, for their work in life, and for service to society.
D. To help students develop a morally aware and independent mind so that they are capable of thinking and judging in accordance with logical and ethical reasoning.
E. To develop students’ characters so that they will act as people of principle and integrity.
F. To offer a Catholic environment that respects all religious traditions, encourages the practice of faith, and gives students a basis for spiritual reflection throughout their lives.
G. To lead students to appreciate the challenges and opportunities of living in a democratic society and prepare them to participate intelligently in its government.
H. To prepare students for the challenges of living in a global culture and to develop in them an appreciation of the values and contributions of all cultures and a respect for differences of perspective and belief.