Though geographically small with only five schools, the Rockland Catholic School Region continues to enhance Catholic education in the Lower Hudson Valley, in terms of curriculum, standards and technology. Read More
This year, three of its schools – Sacred Heart (Suffern), St. Paul (Valley Cottage) and St. Gregory Barbarigo (Garnersville) became the first Catholic schools to offer free Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK) in Rockland County. As a result, nearly 50 children are now getting an early start on the road to active learning.
In addition, regional scholarships helped make the dream of a quality Catholic education a reality for 50 students in Rockland.
This past year in one of the region’s signature events, St. Gregory hosted the annual Rose Mass for eighth graders from all five Catholic elementary schools in Rockland. The Mass, which fosters commitment to the sanctity of human life, is just one example of how students’ faith is nourished throughout the year.
Academics also remain a priority. To ensure Common Core Learning Standards continues to be effectively integrated into the curriculum, Rockland school leaders – together with those in the Ulster/Sullivan/Orange Catholic School Region and the Northern Westchester/Putnam School Region – participated in a professional development conference. Hosted by Mount Saint Mary’s College in Newburgh and facilitated by regional Instructional Specialists Lisa Raggo-Ferraro and Sara Gonzalez, the focus of the day was how teachers can build creative and exciting classroom learning opportunities for their students.
As a result, the region is starting to reap dividends, with schools like St. Margaret in Pearl River, to cite just one example, registering improved State Test scores in English Language Arts (ELA) and Math, this past fall.
In January 2014, New York press came to St. Margaret to cover 2014 Olympic women’s hockey team member Josephine Pucci’s visit to her Pearl River alma mater. She spoke to the students about how her Catholic school experience played a major part in her success. Her story is one in which all Rockland Catholic schools can take pride.