Thursday, May 29, 2008

Schools: Turnaround Starts with Students

From Sunday’s Washington Post a story about Washington Middle School for Girls, a private Catholic school:

Sister Mary and the faculty at Washington Middle insist that their girls perform at a high level. A private Catholic school with only 90 students in grades 4 through 8, Washington Middle aims to admit girls whose families cannot afford more than the school’s $25 monthly tuition. The school depends on philanthropy from individuals and foundations for the bulk of its $1.5 million budget.

The school features morning prayer and a religion class, and students wear classic Catholic school uniforms. Otherwise, the focus is on secular academics. Most of the girls are not Catholic, but, in contrast to the archdiocese, which is closing several inner-city schools, this private school is growing.

Launched a decade ago by the National Council of Negro Women, the Society of the Holy Child Jesus and the Religious of Jesus and Mary, Washington Middle hews to a traditional curriculum yet allows teachers the freedom to find their own ways to connect with children who often lack serious academic role models.

I had not really had a chance to read the Sunday paper this past weekend but this is a fantastic story. A story that shows that the Church, in many ways large and small, make a real difference in the lives of our young people.

Thanks to DC Catholic for posting it.


Anonymous said...

"... the Church, in many ways large and small, make a real difference in the lives of our young people..."

My observation is that young people make a real difference in the life of our Church. Almost without exception, it's the kids of our parish that live out the message of Christ with the least pretense or reservation.


I have to agree with you on that.