Print Page   |   Contact Us   |   Your Cart   |   Sign In   |   Register
Community Search
Latest News: School News

JPII Catholic Schools aims to boost enrollment by 30 percent in four years

Sunday, April 17, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Administration
Share |

Students enter the Nativity Elementary School building for classes Thursday, April 14, 2016, in Fargo.Dave Wallis / The Forum

 

FARGO—The Catholic private school system here, after opening a new school in West Fargo last fall, is also looking to build enrollment.

The St. John Paul II Catholic Schools network is aiming to raise enrollment more than 30 percent between now and 2020, hoping that better use of its now-larger capacity can benefit the education it offers.

An initiative called Enroll 360, with has a goal of adding 360 students networkwide, began in fall 2015, when enrollment was at 1,140. Reaching the goal would put enrollment at 1,500.

"It's very ambitious, but by not operating at optimal enrollment, we're leaving a lot of revenue on the table," Superintendent Michael Smith said.

The recruitment campaign is about to ramp up. In the coming weeks, a committee will focus on enrollment, just as the network focused on its recent building construction campaign, by bringing in representatives of all JPII stakeholder groups, Smith said.

The group will try to determine "how can we become more appealing to more people and to get the value of a Catholic education out there," Smith said.

Smith said adding 360 students "would be ideal" in optimizing use of JPII's buildings: Holy Spirit, Nativity and Trinity elementary schools, Sullivan Middle School and Shanley High School.

Thanks to the opening of Trinity Elementary, the new West Fargo elementary with room for more than 300 students, the JPII kindergarten class soared to an eight-year high of 105 children, Smith said in the network's most recent annual report.

There are already 1,023 students enrolled in JPII schools for the 2016-17 school year, with 74 of them in kindergarten.

"That number will undoubtedly go up," Smith said at his recent "State of the Schools" address.

Students enter the Nativity Elementary School building for classes Thursday, April 14, 2016, in Fargo.Dave Wallis / The Forum

Students enter the Nativity Elementary School building for classes Thursday, April 14, 2016, in Fargo.Dave Wallis / The Forum

 

More students, and the corresponding tuition revenue, would make it possible to offer a broader range of courses, stabilize tuition costs and pay teachers more to be more competitive with salaries at area public schools, Smith said.

Most importantly, he said, it will enrich more students in their faith.

"We'd like all children to have a faith-based education," Smith said. "That's why we're here. That's why we exist."

Smith said Enroll 360 will require a "360-degree effort" to reach out to families that could be interested in sending their children to Catholic schools from everyone in the JPII system. That includes parents, students, teachers, staff, administrators, alumni, parishioners, pastors, the board of directors and JPII council, he said.

 


Sign In


Forgot your password?

Haven't registered yet?

Calendar