Archdiocese Kicks Off New School Year with New Schools

August 21, 2002

Two new Catholic middle schools for low-income boys are opening this fall in Washington, DC while the Archdiocese of Washington’s Center City Consortium is marking its 5th year by expanding from eight to 11 schools. Archbishop Neale School in La Plata, MD, will break ground Sept. 8 for a new school, and several schools have completed or are in the process of renovations and expansions.

Two New Elementary Schools

Washington Jesuit Academy. The first class of this tuition-free, Jesuit middle school for boys will include 6th grade boys from lower-income families. The school will eventually include 75 students in 6th-8th grades. Through the end of the 2003-2004 school year, the school will be located at the Capitol Children’s Museum, 800 3rd St., NE, Washington. A permanent school building will be built at the site of the former District of Columbia Women’s Jail at North Capitol and K Streets, NW. Contact: William B. Whitaker, president, 202-543-5250.

San Miguel Middle School (a division of St. John’s College High School). The Christian Brothers, who operate middle schools for economically disadvantaged boys throughout the U.S., are opening their newest school in the District. Beginning with a class of 6th grade boys, the school will eventually include 7th and 8th graders. The school is located at 1525 Newton St., NW, Washington. Contact: Bro. Thomas Gerrow, F.S.C., president of St. John’s College High School, 202-363-2316.

Center City Consortium Expansion

The Archdiocese’s Center City Consortium of schools, founded in 1997 to revitalize eight struggling inner-city schools, is celebrating its 5th year by expanding to 11 schools. The new Consortium members are Nativity Catholic Academy, St. Augustine School and St. Francis de Sales School. The Consortium brings new resources, services, tuition aid and capital improvements to schools in the most financially challenged neighborhoods of the District. With innovative funding strategies, including outreach to the business community, the Consortium’s programs help ensure that Catholic education continues to be available to all city families.

Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, Archbishop of Washington, and local business leaders will join principals, teachers and students from all Consortium schools to kick off the year Wednesday, Sept. 4, 11:00 a.m. at St. Francis Xavier School, 2700 O Street, SE, Washington, DC with a celebration and public announcement of the Consortium’s $30 million campaign to reenergize the schools.

Archbishop Neale Elementary School Groundbreaking

Archbishop Neale Elementary School in La Plata, MD, will break ground for a new school building Sunday, Sept. 8, 1:00 p.m., 104 Port Tobacco Road. The school was destroyed by a tornado in April. The new 49,000 sq. ft. school is expected to open in fall 2003. Until then, the 550 students will attend classes in a temporary school building behind Sacred Heart Church, 201 St. Mary’s Ave., La Plata. School starts Sept. 3 at Archbishop Neale.

Special Anniversaries

St. Bernard School, Riverdale, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Archbishop Neale School, La Plata, is celebrating its 75th anniversary. Blessed Sacrament School, Washington, DC, is celebrating its 80th anniversary.

Expansion: High Schools

The Academy of the Holy Cross has begun construction on a new arts and science center and theater to be completed in January 2003.

Connelly School of the Holy Child’s new library, technology center, fine arts cluster and classrooms will open this fall.

St. Anselm’s Abbey School opened a new athletic center in March and will complete construction on a new theater/performing arts center in December.

St. John’s College High School will open its James V. Kimsey Science and Technology center and a new athletic stadium in the fall. The Kimsey Center will include a computer center, TV studio, new classroom space, five wet labs and three dry labs.

St. Vincent Pallotti High School’s expansion project includes a new chapel and athletic complex which are to be completed in December.

Expansion: Elementary Schools

Blessed Sacrament School, Washington, DC, is opening school Sept. 16 following a major renovation including an expanded school office; updated science and computer labs; new library, art facility and bathrooms; air conditioning and additional classrooms. A dedication will be held in November.

Our Lady of Lourdes, Bethesda, has completed installation of a new gym floor including the school’s seal at the center of the court. A dedication will be held Sept. 3.

St. Mary’s School, Rockville will soon begin construction on its new media center and all-purpose room. The school is also beginning a new preschool this year for children ages 3 and 4.

Jennifer Reed
Office of Communications
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