DC Catholic School-University of Notre Dame Begin Innovative Partnership

May 02, 2007

Holy Redeemer Catholic School in Northwest Washington and the University of Notre Dame are joining forces in an innovative five-year partnership to bring new resources and expertise to the inner city school. The goal is to strengthen the academic achievement, leadership, Catholic identity and financial stability of Holy Redeemer.

“This is a wonderful opportunity. The model proposed by Notre Dame means new training and resources for our school, but it also calls for close collaboration and involvement of our parents and staff in the school,” said Rev. David Bava, pastor of Holy Redeemer parish.

As a “Magnificat School,” Holy Redeemer will partner with Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE), a nationally-recognized program that prepares teachers and principals to be effective instructors and leaders in Catholic schools, especially those with limited resources.

This partnership will provide Holy Redeemer School with expanded professional development; strengthened curriculum, improved use of technology, enhanced parent involvement and formation for a school board, assistance with financial planning and access to community resources and outside funding opportunities, and involvement and support from educational experts at Notre Dame. An important part of the new partnership will be collaboration between parish and school leadership and staff, parents, the school board and the ACE team.

“Notre Dame is grateful for this opportunity to demonstrate that a Catholic university can successfully partner with a parish school and help it excel academically and grow in holiness. All of us in ACE believe that Catholic schools are at the heart of the Church,” said Rev. Ronald Nuzzi, director of the ACE Leadership Program.

Holy Redeemer School is located at 1135 New Jersey Avenue, NW. The other Magnificat Schools are located in the Archdiocese of Chicago and the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend.

The Archdiocese of Washington is home to 111 archdiocesan and independent Catholic schools, educating nearly 32,000 students in Washington, DC and Calvert, Charles, Montgomery, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s counties in Maryland.

Susan Gibbs
Director of Communications
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