The Creation of One School from Two
In response to a call from the Archdiocese of New Orleans, Christian Brothers School is excited to provide the children of this city a comprehensive accelerated educational program, serving boys and girls in Pre-Kindergarten through 7th grade. However, it took many months of dialogue between Christian Brothers School and the Archdiocese of New Orleans to get to that point. Much time was spent conducting research on the Archdiocesan Strategic Plan and the impact of the grade level configuration mandate upon Christian Brothers School in City Park.
Additionally, since CBS operates with oversight (on some level) from four different entities – the Brothers of the Christian Schools, the Christian Brothers School Board of Trustees, the City Park Board, and the Office of Catholic Schools, management of the interests of each was challenging, especially when those interests were competing. Furthermore, CBS and the Brothers have always been focused upon the design of a plan which was about more than simple compliance. Faced with the charge of expanding our program to include grades PK-7, CBS leaders have always believed it important to both preserve the excellence of the existing middle school for boys in City Park and to create a quality academic program to best meet the needs of the young people of the greater New Orleans area and, to the extent possible, the needs of the city itself. With joy and confidence, we are happy to report that objective has been attained.
St. Anthony of Padua Catholic School continued its rich 100-year history of academic excellence rooted in the Dominican tradition, servicing Pre-K2 through seventh grade through the 2015-16 school year with Sr. Ruth Angelette, O.P. serving as principal. The rich heritage of this excellent Catholic elementary school has enhanced the promise for the young boys and girls who will be educated on the Canal Street campus.
Since 2013, Joey Scaffidi, Sister Ruth and a leadership team have been planning for the next generation of excellence in Catholic education.
St. Dominic founded the Order of Preachers, or Dominicans, to seek and preach truth—the truth that sets us free and leads to abundant life. Dominican women and men have a passion for truth that must find voice. Four threads—prayer, study, community, and ministry (preaching)—are so woven together to form the fabric of Dominican life that to pull out one thread is to unravel the whole:
Catholic education in the Dominican tradition is to be formed through study and prayer, shared in community. Dominican education recognizes the value of diversity with respect for and of one another.
To learn more, go to the Order of Preachers Website.
St. John Baptist de La Salle founded the Brothers of the Christian Schools in the late 17th century. In the almost 300 years since his death in 1719, Lasallian schools have been founded in over 80 countries around the world and presently educate over one million students.
St. La Salle’s original vision was that a good secular education was not subordinate to or separate from religious education. Rather, practical learning and skills were to be seen as essential to forming the person of faith. Ultimately, the Lasallian school participates in God’s saving work in the world.
To learn more, go to Brothers of the Christian Schools Website