Kateri Catholic Academy, a Catholic middle school for children in grades 6-8, opened this fall, occupying a wing of Cardinal Stritch High School in Oregon. “They (the middle school and high school) are in very distinct areas of the building,” said Emily Barry, the VP of Advancement and Recruitment.
In response to declining enrollment and the financial concerns of several Catholic parishes in the Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha Deanery, schools have consolidated leaving two grade schools and one middle school. The Toledo campus elementary school is located in the former St. Thomas Aquinas School, and the Walbridge campus is in the former St. Jerome School.Barry said they have essentially created a school system supported by nine Catholic parishes. The plans for the middle school, Kateri Catholic Academy, were presented last December, with a scheduled opening for fall 2010. “The response from parents was overwhelming,” said Barry; the opening was swiftly moved ahead to fall 2009. “Before we knew it, we had a waiting list.”An additional advantage of sharing the building is that Kateri Catholic Academy middle school students enjoy the use of the high school technology and science labs, and smart boards are found throughout the middle school.
Contact the academy at 419-693-0465 or www.katerischools.org for more information.