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History, Mission, and Philosophy

History

The Order of Saint Augustine founded this private Catholic school in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1926 at the request of the local Catholic bishop, who saw the need for such a school in this fast-growing area of northeastern Oklahoma.

Since its earliest days, Cascia Hall has served the needs of parents and students of all faiths who have found our insistence on the education of the total person very much to their liking. The traditional Cascia Hall program is college preparatory, emphasizing the liberal arts.

Cascia Hall offers the Upper School student a variety of courses, the completion of which prepares the student for entrance into college. The Middle School functions to introduce 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students to a traditional liberal arts curriculum which, at this level, serves as a foundation for studies in the Upper School.

At Cascia Hall, in keeping with the teachings of St. Augustine (354-430 A.D.), we are concerned with educating the whole person spiritually, physically, emotionally, psychologically, and intellectually, to bring each student to a deeper understanding of the gift of life and talents which a loving God has bestowed upon them.

Mission Statement

Cascia Hall is a Catholic, college-preparatory school serving the academic, religious, social, psychological, and physical formation needs of selected young women and young men in grades 6-12.  The mission of Cascia Hall is:

  • To strive to live and teach the Gospel of Jesus while welcoming students of all faiths, and in accord with Catholic tradition to serve families of diverse socioeconomic strata.
  • To meet the needs of pre-adolescent and adolescent students in a Christian community shaped according to the philosophical/theological principles and teaching of St. Augustine, as these have been transmitted and interpreted by the Augustinian Order through the centuries.
  • To focus on the individual in community, thus aiding each student in intellectual, affective, and physical growth, referenced ultimately to union with God.

Philosophy

Cascia Hall is a Roman Catholic, co-educational, college preparatory school for grades six through twelve, and is owned and operated by the Augustinian Order. Therefore, the life and philosophy of St. Augustine of Hippo are the foundation of Cascia Hall’s approach to education.

Since men and women are created in the image of God, Cascia Hall wishes to foster a respect for the talents, abilities, sincere beliefs, wholesome visions, and goals of all persons.

The pursuit of truth is one of the principal purposes of the school. Students begin their search for truth by moving from sense data through various levels of abstraction toward the ultimate Truth, God. They are united with their teachers in this common task to know, understand, and appreciate truth.

Cascia Hall considers the liberal arts as primary vehicles for the kind of understanding fundamental to Augustinian schools. The curriculum is structured in a logical sequence so as to best prepare the student for college and thereafter for a lifetime of learning.

Cascia Hall teachers are encouraged to see themselves as not only imparting information and ideas but also as profoundly respecting their students. This respect is often expressed by the teacher’s patiently waiting for students to compare new information with their own inner dictates of truth. Expanding new understanding then allows the student to embrace new ideas enthusiastically.

Classrooms or academic learning is not the only concern of the school’s education. Learning which takes place in social settings, on the athletic fields, during religious exercises, and through social service is all part of the student’s complete education. These various learning situations foster interpersonal relationships, community building, a sense of teamwork, and a commitment to others; at the same time, these situations lead students to a realization of their responsibilities as citizens.

Of great importance at Cascia Hall is nurturing and building a bond of love which sustains the Cascia family. For it is within this caring family and through loving relationships that students are drawn to a close union with the ultimate love, God.

In summary, the goals of Cascia Hall are to assist students in:

  • Realizing that union with God is the ultimate reason for being
  • Accepting God as the ultimate goal for all love and the ultimate ground of truth      
  • Organizing a Catholic Christian value system for further development in adult life
  • Forming and experiencing Christian community
  • Learning to think critically
  • Developing the ability to move from sense data to abstraction
  • Mastering the knowledge and skills necessary to perform well at the university level
  • Developing skills for lifelong learning