It seems that St. Elizabeth’s has lost a number of students to St. Raphael’s.
Now, the loss in students at St. E’s is not due to poor teachers, a bad pastor, etc. St. E’s is a very good school by all indications (ie, my conversations with some of the parents). But due to the fact that St. Raphael’s is only a couple of miles up the road, why should parents drive from their parish to another for the parish school.
Now, as you may not know, St. R's is a new school -- dedicated in 2006 by Cardinal McCarrick. However, as St. R’s adds a grade every year, this draws more children away from St. E’s.
We have been told that a reduction of Catholic school students in Mont. Co. is due to increased tuition and a change in demographics (this is a multi-year trend). However, did the Archdiocese not consider these things before opening up St. R’s?
Or maybe (as one buddy of mine suggests), it is because St. R’s is in North Potomac and that area is considered to be a more affluent parish?
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