New St. Patrick’s Elementary School Opens in Montgomery County

August 09, 2004

St. Patrick School, the first new Catholic elementary school in Montgomery County in 10 years, will open its doors on:

Tuesday, August 31, 2004
8:20 a.m.: Classes begin
4101 Norbeck Rd., Rockville, MD

The opening of the new school is the fulfillment of a dream for Monsignor Thomas Kane, the parish’s pastor. The groundbreaking for the new school was held on March 17, 2002. Construction will continue over the next few months. This fall, the school’s first 40 students, in Grades K-3, will attend classes in classrooms located in the parish center. Students and faculty are expected to move into the new school building in early 2005.

One grade will be added each year up to the 8th grade, with the school eventually serving about 240 students.

Principal Susan Milloy comes to St. Patrick’s after 14 years as principal of Our Lady of Victory School in Washington, DC. She is excited about the challenge of starting a school from scratch, working with Msgr. Kane to do everything from choose uniforms (green/blue plaid for the girls and green shirts/khaki slacks for the boys) to hiring staff. She has put together an experienced faculty of four full-time and three part-time teachers, including a former Montgomery County Catholic school principal who chose to return to the classroom.

Mary of Nazareth School in Darnestown, which opened in 1994, was the last Catholic school to open in Montgomery County. St. Patrick’s is one of 36 Catholic schools in the county, serving nearly 12,600 students, and one of 110 schools in the Archdiocese of Washington. These schools, located in the District of Columbia and Calvert, Charles, Prince George’s, Montgomery and St. Mary’s counties in Maryland, serve nearly 34,000 students.

Jennifer Reed
Office of Communications
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