The goal of providing the highest quality, faith-based education to students is shared by all the schools in the Manhattan Catholic School Region.
Early Childhood Education remained a top priority, highlighted by the expansion of Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK) programs throughout Manhattan, with programs serving 441 children at eight schools, including the St. Benedict Early Childhood Academy at St. Charles Borromeo School.
As a benefit of Regionalization, new regional scholarships were awarded to 295 students, providing them with the life-transforming opportunities Catholic schools offer.
Manhattan is a region rich in history. Understanding the value of historical resources enhances instruction. With that in mind, the region has initiated a partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute, as part of the Institute’s Teaching Literacy Through History Program. The three-year initiative is an interdisciplinary program that uses historical texts to improve K-12 education, by encouraging critical thinking and the incorporation of primary documents into learning. The program offers professional development to 7th and 8th grade teachers, grouped in three school cohorts, as well as guidance in lesson planning.
This is just one of the many exciting developments underway. Whether it is a new science lab at Guardian Angel School on the West Side, or renovated facilities at St. Brigid School in the East Village, Manhattan Catholic schools are always improving. Other regional highlights include new iPads for students at multiple schools; a successful fitness “Kid-a-thon” fundraiser at the School of the Blessed Sacrament which raised more than $30K; and the unveiling of the Ben Carson Reading Room at Ascension School to foster greater literacy.
During the past year, NYPD Detective Steven McDonald gave an inspiring talk to students gathered at Immaculate Conception School about the power of faith in the face of adversity; and cadets from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point paid a visit to St. Charles Borromeo School to talk about the important role education played in their lives. Both messages resonate throughout the region, as Manhattan Catholic schools continue to form future leaders.