By personal formation we refer to the entire education that a student receives in PAREF Schools. The academic program, mentoring, spiritual means of formation, sports and even the facilities contribute to his formation as a person with an intellect and will. Everything in PAREF Schools exists and is done for the sake of the total personal development of the students.
A more specific way of understanding personal formation, however, is to consider it in contradistinction to academic or intellectual formation. Taken in this context, the school understands it to mean the efforts of specific agents to form each student such that he pursues wisdom and virtue. By wisdom is meant the knowledge a human being must have to be happy in this life and in the next. By virtue is meant those habits that make a human being good.
The personal formation program consists of means of formation over and above the academic program that aim for one’s integral development. These means of formation endeavor to lead each student to a greater self-knowledge to prepare him for life here and hereafter. The program consists in a deliberate and systematic program of character formation that is
- founded on the academic program considered as the primary venue for forming character
- directed to all the students in a personalized manner
- permeated by a Catholic ethos and the lay spirituality of Opus Dei
- carried out through the collaboration of the parents(who are helped to become first and foremost parents) and the teachers (who are trained to become agents of formation)