Why Can’t the Middle Class Afford Catholic School Anymore?

BY GREG DOLAN, Catholic Education Partners A recent study in Education Next evaluates the shift in the haves and have-nots of private education, highlighting the disturbing trend of private schools enrolling students predominantly from high-income families. Authors Richard Murnane and Sean Reardon point to the loss of half of America’s Catholic schools, and their mission to serve low-and-middle-income families, as a huge factor in this …

How to talk to your child about healthy eating

By Private Schools in Orlando, FL We’ve all been there — you prepare a delicious, balanced meal, and at the sight of it, at least one child bursts into tears because he wants chicken nuggets. Food struggles are a part of parenting, but you don’t have to let them rule your life! Private schools in Orlando explain that you can teach children …

Teacher honored for his love of the arts

By Private Schools in Orlando, FL Orlando Catholic schools offer a warm and nurturing environment in which students learn. Our teachers are dedicated and caring, as they help each child who walks through their classroom door grow in mind, body, and spirit. Generally, a teacher’s influence reaches only the students within a school campus. However, there are exceptions: meet Mr. Vince …

It’s time to expand school choice to the middle class

BY RENÉE STOECKLE When Rising Tide began discussing legislative priorities with Florida Catholic school leaders last month, the concerns were clear and consistent: we need scholarship options for middle-class families. “I fear we’ve become a school for the haves and the have-nots,” one school leader said. “Our families are either poor enough to qualify for the (Florida Tax Credit) scholarship or wealthy enough …

More than Trigonometry

BY RENÉE STOECKLE In a recent radio interview, I was asked about my favorite class in high school. Without missing a beat, I answered “Trigonometry with Mrs. VanPelt.” I actually laughed as I said it because I was so taken aback by my answer. As a teacher, I didn’t teach math more advanced than basic multiplication. As a college student, …

Catholic schools revving up advocacy

BY RENÉE STOECKLE I remember the feeling I got the first time I saw this photograph, which captures two of my heroes, Fr. Ted Hesburgh and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., standing arm in arm singing “We Shall Overcome” at a civil rights rally in 1963. Two men, two faith leaders responding to their call as ministers and Americans, radically aware …

Sisters of St. Joseph named ‘Women in American History’

BY PATRICK GIBBONS The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) recently recognized the Sisters of St. Joseph of St. Augustine, for the orders historic role educating African Americans and combating racism at the turn of the 20th century Florida. According to the St. Augustine Record, DAR designed the Catholic order “Women in American History,” to recognize their efforts. More than a century …

Building character at St. Vincent

BY LIVI STANFORDWhat happens when you don’t tell the truth? What are the consequences? How does it affect your life? Fourth-graders at St. Vincent Ferrer Catholic School in Delray Beach pondered these questions while reading the Newberry Honor-winning novel On My Honor.  The story centers on a boy named Joel whose friend drowns while they are swimming in a dangerous river. …

Faith helps Florida Catholic schools draw students

BY LIVI STANDFORD WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Like many Catholic schools, Cardinal Newman High School has worked to reinvent itself over the years to draw students. In 2005, it became the first Catholic school in Florida to offer an International Baccalaureate program. It’s added college prep courses and is preparing to add more science, technology, engineering and math initiatives. …