Renaissance of Catholic Education Expands to North County

January 26, 2018
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ST. LOUIS – Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis, Thursday informed Catholic school families in North St. Louis County of the creation of a new partnership-model school between St. Rose Philippine Duchesne, St. Ferdinand, and St. Norbert schools. The new school will be known as All Saints Academy and will continue operations at each of the three locations with the parish designation added to the name. Archbishop Carlson approved the new name and model after an inclusive process of consultation with the Catholic Education Office of the Archdiocese of St. Louis and the families of the respective parishes and schools.

“I enthusiastically support the creation of this partnership school in Florissant,” wrote Archbishop Carlson in a letter to school families. “In addition, the archdiocese is steadfast in its commitment to partner with St. Ferdinand, St. Norbert, and St. Rose Philippine Duchesne Parishes in providing leadership and funding for this new model. Just as in our past, Florissant is again leading the way in ensuring that the Catholic Church in St. Louis continues to provide quality faith formation and academic programs for future generations.”

Registration for the 2018-2019 school year at All Saints Academy will begin during Catholic Schools Week, which runs January 28-February 3, 2018. Current teachers at all three locations will not be impacted by the change, with no requirement that they re-apply for the upcoming school year. Under the partnership model, the archdiocese will provide additional resources, personnel, and funding to ensure the long-term success of the school.

Partnership schools stress academic excellence and strong Catholic formation for children, as well as affordability for families and parishes in accessible locations. A priority of the partnership model schools is the efficient and effective use of resources, with educational and religious educational programs of similar quality in all of the schools.

The first partnership school in the archdiocese, South City Catholic Academy, was announced January 2017 and began classes in August 2017. South City Catholic Academy is a partnership between Our Lady of Sorrows and St. Joan of Arc Schools and is located in the previous St. Joan of Arc school location.

Catholic education in St. Louis marks its 200th anniversary in 2018, and the Archdiocese of St. Louis continues to work toward ushering in a new era – a renaissance – in Catholic education to shape the next 200 years.

“I have been very pleased to see parents and parishioners collaborating and building strong partnerships to create a new school that will ensure long-term, high-quality Catholic education for their children,” stated Archbishop Carlson in announcing South City Catholic Academy in 2017. “Introducing this new school model will provide the necessary leadership, support and direction at the school level to maintain quality Catholic schools for our children and for the next 200 years of Catholic education in St. Louis.”

For more information about the renaissance in Catholic education in the Archdiocese of St. Louis, visit archstl.org/renaissance.

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