Graduate Profile

In 1991 the Society of Mary established five common elements of the Marianist education tradition, known as the Characteristics of Marianist Education.

They are

  • Educate for formation in faith
  • Provide an integral, quality education
  • Educate in family spirit
  • Educate for service, justice & peace
  • Educate for adaptation & change

Chaminade, as a Catholic, Marianist school, is committed to the development of the whole person. A graduate of Chaminade, St. Louis is an integral, well-rounded individual. He should be a person capable of integrating his faith and his culture and ultimately leading him on to a personal integration of faith and life.

Based on the Characteristics of Marianist Education, when a student graduates from Chaminade, he will...

Formation in Faith

  • Exhibit Christian attitudes toward others (respectful; understands human dignity)
  • Knows the basic teachings of other major religious traditions
  • Has an awareness of self (personal strengths and weaknesses)
  • Lives a faith-filled life (God present in life; life-long process of formation) consistent with his age and maturity
  • Is open to the public expression of his faith
  • Understands the role and importance of Mary in the life of Christ and the Church
  • Knows and is able to articulate and defend the teachings of the Catholic faith
  • Exhibits the virtues of integrity, honesty and fortitude in his personal life
  • Possesses a rightly-formed conscience
  • Exhibits a knowledge and integration of the Marianist spiritual tradition
  • Uses prayer in his daily life

Integral, Quality Education

  • Is prepared to be successful in college
  • Appreciates the value of education and the acquisition of knowledge
  • Understands and has the ability to be a life-long learner
  • Reflects the mind of a holistic education (well-rounded academic program)
  • Is competent in the use of technology
  • Is aware of the natural environment and issues affecting it
  • Possesses the skills to make him a leader in family, church and civil society
  • Is proficient in English oral and written communication skills
  • Is proficient in basic disciplines (math, science, practical arts/technology)
  • Has been exposed to diverse cultures, languages, and the fine arts

Family Spirit

  • Possesses the ability to place others before self
  • Understands the importance of "community" - personal and global
  • Understands and assimilates the Marianist charism of "family'
  • Understands and appreciates the centrality of Jesus in all familiar and communal relationships
  • Has integrated into his person a sense of belonging to the Chaminade family
  • Appreciates the value of "family" in his life and in society

Service, Justice & Peace

  • Exhibits an understanding of the concept of Christian Service (community service)
  • Possesses the skills and ability to carry out service to others
  • Is capable of identifying with those suffering from injustice in the world - the poor and the marginalized
  • Has the ability to resolve personal and societal conflict in a peaceful manner
  • Promotes the virtue of justice in personal, family and civic arenas
  • Has the ability to associate "esto vir" with the promotion of peace and justice
  • Exhibits tolerance of other persons (regardless of race, religion, sex or social status)
  • Is willing to share self and material possessions with others

Adaptation & Change

  • Has the ability to adapt to positive societal and technological changes
  • Possesses the skills to be an agent (instrument) for positive change in society
  • Has the ability to critically evaluate change
  • Exhibits an openness to necessary changes in his personal life and in his community
  • Expresses an ability to be flexible and accommodating in attitudes and disposition
  • Has the ability to resist changes that are negative and contrary to Christians values

These five characteristics and their descriptors of a Chaminade graduate are the foundational principles of Chaminade College Preparatory School. They are the goals of our education; and we strive to have our instructional methodology and administrative practices reflect them.