Consortium of Catholic Academies welcomes new executive director

 Innovative group of schools continues commitment to low-income students

August 14, 2008

The Consortium of Catholic Academies, four schools serving lower income DC neighborhoods, will start the year under the leadership of a new executive director, Margaret Boice, Ed.D. The schools continue the Archdiocese of Washington’s commitment to providing an affordable, Catholic education for families in Washington’s financially struggling neighborhoods.

Boice joins the consortium with 27 years of experience as an educator and administrator in public schools around the country. She spent 14 years in the classroom as a math teacher before moving into administration as an assistant principal at middle and high schools and a middle school principal. Most recently, she was assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction for Derby Public Schools in Connecticut, where she was responsible for all curriculum, instruction and technology integration initiatives in the school district.

“I am very excited about this opportunity to serve the students of these four schools,” Boice said, “and I am dedicated to providing them with an academically strong, safe environment based on faith and values.”

The Consortium of Catholic Academies, formerly known as the Center City Consortium, is made up of four parish schools: Sacred Heart (NW), St. Anthony (NE), St. Francis Xavier (SE), and St. Thomas More (SE), which had been part of the larger Center City Consortium for several years. The schools benefit from shared administration, intensive professional development, standards-based instruction, inter-school collaboration and outside funding support. As director of the Consortium of Catholic Academies, Boice will oversee and build upon these successful programs already in place.

She has a doctorate in curriculum design and systematic change from Nova Southeastern University in Florida; a master’s degree in guidance and counseling from the University of Oklahoma; and a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Oklahoma College of Liberal Arts.

The four CCA parish schools, whose students collectively score better than the national average on standardized tests, served 831 students last year; 62 percent were non-Catholic, 99 percent were minority and 30 percent received DC Opportunity Scholarships. A total of 21 Catholic schools will serve students in the District of Columbia this year, including 12 parish-based elementary schools.

The Archdiocese of Washington serves about 30,000 students in 98 elementary, secondary, special schools, and early learning centers in the District of Columbia and Calvert, Charles, Montgomery, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s counties in Maryland.

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