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Catholic Schools (Not) in the News

Last Sunday, the Cape Cod Times featured school improvements as Cape schools set to open their academic years (“Back to the Books,” 9/2/2018). But again this year, not all Cape schools were included. As such, St. Pius X School Principal Anne Dailey and I sent this letter to the Times editors last week. 

To the Editor,

Thank you for presenting readers with the preparations that Cape public schools have made for the 2018-2019 school year (“Back to the Books,” 9/2/2018). Missing, though, are the efforts of non-public schools, which are an important part of the school choice landscape that benefits all Cape families.

This year, 560 students will be educated at St. Margaret, St. Francis Xavier Prep, and St. John Paul II, which operates as one Pre K-12 Catholic school. St. Pius X School in South Yarmouth welcomes 242 students, its highest enrollment in school history. At these schools, new physical plant and program improvements are noteworthy.

The schools have completed parking lot and roadway construction, flooring upgrades, remodeled offices, hydration stations, and exterior renovations. More importantly, the addition of primary grades Spanish, strings instrument instruction offered from Pre-K-12, dance instruction in middle school, and the expansion of the AP Capstone program in high school, improves the program. Additionally, personalized, longitudinal data collection will help teachers and students develop more personalized educational goals.

Similar to our public school peers, the Cape’s non-public schools work hard to provide outstanding value for students and families. The Times might feature these efforts equally when getting back to school.

Sincerely,

Christopher W. Keavy, Head of School
St. Margaret Regional School (www.smrsbb.org)
St. Francis Xavier Preparatory School (www.sfxp.org)
St. John Paul II High School ( www.sjp2hs.org )

Anne Dailey, Principal
St. Pius X School ( www.spxschool.org )

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