As an elementary parish school, St. Gertrude operates under the auspices of the Department of Catholic Schools of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Fr. Guillermo Garcia, the Pastor of St. Gertrude School, is the chief administrator of the school. The ordinary administration of the school is under the supervision of the principal. The school is one of the many ministries of the parish and sees itself as an integrated and vital part of the parish family.
The Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and the Western Catholic Education Association accredit St. Gertrude School. The School maintains membership in the National Catholic Education Association (NCEA) and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD).
Since the fall of 2001, in compliance with accreditation requirements, St. Gertrude School has focused the attention of faculty, parents/ guardians and students on fundamental academic learning expectations. These expectations profile the ideal graduate of St. Gertrude Catholic School, but are nurtured and developed throughout the academic experience and make the educational process less teacher-oriented and more student-centered.
A process was used to develop the school wide learning expectations that included all of the elements of the educating community, parents, students, staff, faculty and clergy. After discussion and brainstorming sessions, a broad list of outcomes was collated. Discussion on these outcomes ensued and the list was hewed in such a way that focus statements with qualifiers were designed to express the most important outcomes. Once refined, the learning expectations were published and promulgated. Parents, students and faculty strive to implement them and daily curriculum, activities and events. We strive to help out students attain these goals as a means to nurture moral and human growth.
The core of the school wide learning expectations is the integration of Gospel values and social justice teaching of the Catholic Church into daily life. Just as the social teaching of the Church is integral to Catholic faith, the social justice dimensions of teaching are integral to Catholic education and catechesis. They are an essential part of Catholic identify and formation. As Catholics we are called to be leaven for transforming the world, agents for bringing about a kingdom of love and justice.
As Catholic elementary school teachers, we strive to assist each student to mature as Catholic Christians who are active parishioners and involved, responsible citizens. We endeavor to develop in our pupils the two virtues of charity and justice. We recognize the needs of our brothers and sisters in charity make every effort to assist in meeting them. However, it is not enough that we relieve the immediate situation; we must also develop the skills to help determine the causes contributing to the needs of those around us and advance the means by which those causes can be overcome. It is with justice that we will truly find the peace for which the world yearns.