Catholic Schools

Private school enrollment increase points to parent, student satisfaction as new academic year begins

Holy Family Catholic School started its new academic year not with a bang, but a boom. An enrollment boom. “Last year, we had about 360 students,” said Sandy Salem, director of marketing and advancement for the Jacksonville, Florida, school.  “This year we jumped to over 420. We hope to continue[Read More…]

South Florida town broadens scope of education task force with inclusion of private school

Lake Worth Beach city commissioners, when forming an education task force to connect with local schools and identify student and staff needs, did nothing unusual when they asked representatives from the city’s six district schools to serve. What was unusual was the members’ inclusion of the city’s private school, Sacred[Read More…]

Florida Catholic schools eager for Purple Star Campus designation

Military families move every two to three years, which means new homes, new cities, and most important, new schools. To help make Florida’s education system more hospitable to the children of active duty and former members of the armed forces, state lawmakers recently approved HB 429. The law, which Gov.[Read More…]

podcastED: redefinED interview with military spouse, scholarship mom Jessica Bianchi

On this episode, redefinED senior writer Lisa Buie speaks with Jessica Bianchi, whose husband, Juan Santana, is a chief petty officer in the Navy and stationed in Jacksonville. Their son, Jan, is a rising freshman on a Gardiner Scholarship at Morning Star School, and their daughter, Gia, attends Christ the[Read More…]

New Florida Catholic schools superintendent: ‘I strive to always operate out of a mindset of hope’

“It will be wonderful to work in a state that understands the value of school choice and enables families of all backgrounds to pick the best school for their child.” — Jim Rigg  The Archdiocese of Miami is getting a new cabinet secretary of education and superintendent of schools. Jim[Read More…]

COVID-19 pandemic shutters more than 100 private schools

A new report from the Cato Institute finds that no fewer than 132 private schools have announced permanent closure over the past year, at least partially due to economic effects of the pandemic. Additional findings indicate private school enrollment has dropped as much as 5% overall. Cato’s COVID-19 Permanent Private[Read More…]

New face at Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops keeping watch on education choice bills

Editor’s note: To hear a podcast with Step Up For Students’ president Doug Tuthill and Michael Barrett, click here. It’s crunch time for Michael Barrett. Charged with advocating for the passage of bills that help Florida’s Catholic school students, Barrett has been working long hours during Florida’s 2021 legislative session,[Read More…]

podcastED: redefinED interview with Catholic school mom Jennifer Strickland

On this episode, redefinED senior writer Buie speaks with Jennifer Strickland, mother to 14-year-old Jack, a freshman at Catholic High School in Pensacola, Florida. Strickland, a former retail manager and independent cosmetics consultant, found herself a single parent when her husband died unexpectedly. Strickland talks about why she chose a[Read More…]