Mission, Vision, and Core Values

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  • Mission Statement

    We inspire young people to love, learn and lead through our Catholic and Marianist traditions of a living faith, academic excellence and moral responsibility.

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  • Vision Statement

    Chaminade College Preparatory graduates are prepared, inspired and equipped to:

    • Share God’s love by caring for others and seeking justice and peace.
    • Learn, adapt and grow with the world around them.
    • Become servant leaders and positive contributors to society.

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  • Core Values

    • Love of God
    • Discipleship of Jesus
    • Mary as a Model
    • Service to Others
    • Student-Centered
    • Inclusivity
    • Leadership
    • Innovation

Characteristics of a Marianist Education

Chaminade College Preparatory prides itself in its mission and identity as a Catholic school in the Marianist tradition which prepares students to love, learn and lead through a seven-year educational experience.
    • Mary statue outside of Chaminade Hall Chatsworth
The Marianist charism, to be formed by Mary for the mission of Christ, is expressed and lived out through the Characteristics of Marianist Education (CMEs). All Marianist-sponsored schools aim to transform their communities through the CMEs. To this end, Chaminade College Preparatory strives to:

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  • Educate for Formation in Faith

    Chaminade students are educated in the Roman Catholic faith and its intellectual tradition which is grounded in both faith and reason. Through the Christian moral values that Chaminade works to instill, students are devoted to ongoing personal faith and character development in their academic classes, extracurriculars, retreats, liturgies, and Apostolic Works Service Learning. They are committed to understanding and respecting religious differences and what is distinctive about their own religious faith tradition. Students discover God’s love and look to Mary as a model of faithful discipleship.
  • Educate in Family Spirit

    Within an educational community characterized by a family setting of openness, respect, integrity, and dialogue, students develop their spiritual and academic growth. Chaminade teachers and staff model faith, love, and concern, in the family spirit setting, which helps students to know and appreciate the centrality of Jesus in all relationships.
  • Educate for Service, Justice, Peace, and the Integrity of Creation

    Chaminade students exemplify Catholic Marianist values of compassion, tolerance, justice, peace and a respect for the dignity of human life and all creation. They learn to become contributing citizens of our world who are informed about social issues and are committed to addressing and resolving injustices in order to improve quality of life for all. These values help students work with each other to evaluate alternatives and make positive changes in society.
  • Educate for Adaptation and Change

    Chaminade students develop their critical thinking skills in the search for truth and in recognition of the importance of lifelong learning. They develop the ability to critically evaluate change and hone leadership skills in an effort to create positive changes in society through reflection and discernment. Students are challenged to emulate Mary and see the openness of the future and follow her counsel to “Do whatever he tells you,” and be available to God.
  • Provide an Integral, Quality Education

    Blessed Chaminade said, “The essential is the interior.” To strengthen their interior spirit and self-knowledge, Chaminade students learn to nurture habits of silence and reflection. They are able to relate their real-world understanding to practical situations by continually developing and applying their critical thinking skills. Chaminade students appreciate the value of education and knowledge which enables them to embark on their journeys of lifelong learning.

The Marianists

And Their Charism

The Marianists (Society of Mary) are a Roman Catholic religious order of men that have been bearers of the Catholic and Marianist traditions in their educational efforts since they first arrived to the United States in 1849. The Marianist Province of the United States is the central headquarters for the Marianists which is located in St. Louis, Missouri. Marianists embrace the idea of education as a mechanism to transform society and support a spirit of openness, mutual respect and acceptance by perpetuating their charism (gift) of emulating Mary and nurturing Jesus in others.

The Marianists sponsor 19 secondary schools, three universities, four retreat centers, and six Catholic parishes. They are on six continents and serve in 34 countries.

Marianists live in a community of equals, brothers and priests, modeling the Spirit of Mary, the Mother of Jesus and witness to Christ’s transforming presence on campus. Our vowed Marianists live next to our West Hills campus and serve on our campuses as priest chaplains, campus ministers and in other capacities.

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  • We pride ourselves in living out the charism and values

    of what makes our school distinctly Catholic.

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