The Blue & Gold

Head of School Message

New Year’s Flurry

Upon our return to school in January, I shared several new initiatives with you. I invite you to learn our plans and provide your thoughts and perspective.

  • The ‘State of the School’ series features short monthly video segments designed to communicate the school’s vision and plans. In January, I presented the results and analysis of the Parent Satisfaction Survey. The second installment will be available in mid-February and consider admissions, enrollment, and retention.
  • We are now exploring a new possibility where high-school students with cognitive disabilities can receive a Catholic education. Read here.
  • The school’s new policy on Structured Alternative learning (“SAL Days”) will allow e-learning to count as official days in the school calendar. Details Here.

In October, our entire faculty and staff (grades 5-12), along with parent, student and Advisory Board representatives, dedicated professional time to the re-thinking and re-writing of an important foundational document, The Profile of the Graduate at Graduation. This document calls all stakeholders to understand and articulate our desired student outcomes in five key areas. We now have a draft document that I share with you for your feedback. Please review the document, linked here. Email me any comments, questions, or concerns you have with the subject line “Grad@Grad” and the writing committee will review your thoughts. Following this step, we will incorporate suggested changes then make the document final. Thank you.

The costs of private education can weigh heavily on families. I am grateful to friends and donors whose generosity allows the school to provide financial aid to those families who apply and demonstrate need. Please realize that all families wishing to be considered for school-based financial aid for the 2018-2019 school year must complete an application. This application must also be verified by FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment Service with current tax documentation. The school will make first-round awards starting on March 1 for the upcoming year. Additionally, I plan to announce 2018-2019 Tuition & Fees information on or around this date. You may contact Mrs. Eager, Student Accounts Coordinator, or me with any questions.

The school reviews and updates curriculum offerings annually in order to ensure that students are prepared for the secondary and post-secondary expectations they will face. In 2017-2018, we launched AP Capstone Program. The AP Capstone program is an innovative college-level program based on two new courses — AP Seminar and AP Research — that complement and enhances discipline-specific AP courses. Ultimately, students who complete and pass AP Seminar, AP Research, and any four discipline-specific courses will earn an AP Capstone Diploma from the College Board. This is a robust curriculum that imparts high-level skills to a program already infused with high-level content. Currently, AP Seminar is taught by Ms. Smith to seventeen sophomores (and is invigorating to observe!). For 2018-2019, AP Research will be offered, under Dr. Ballou’s direction. I look forward to seeing our first graduates of the full AP Capstone experience in 2020.

The two critical fundraising efforts that support the school’s overall program are the Annual Fund and the Spring Auction.  Please give generously to the Annual Fund and attend the Auction on April 7, 2018.

 Thank you for all you do for St. John Paul II High School and St. Francis Xavier Preparatory School.

Christopher W. Keavy
Head of School