Feb 4 - Cathedral High School to Open Junior High In September 2010*

Information evening and open house on Wednesday, February 24

Boston, MA (February 3, 2010)- The Board of Trustees of Cathedral High School, Inc., (Cathedral) an independent, Catholic, co-educational, college-preparatory high school in the South End, has announced  the opening of a seventh and eighth grade junior high division beginning in September 2010. The junior high school will function as a separate unit within the Cathedral High building at 74 Union Park Street, and will share the use of some of the high school facilities and faculty. Sister Eleanor Daniels, CSJ, a life-long Catholic educator and former principal of Cathedral Elementary School, has been named Director of the junior high.

Headmaster Thomas P. Arria, Jr. announced the news to the families of current Cathedral High students in a letter mailed Wednesday, February 3. “Over the course of the past 83 years Cathedral High School has taken great pride in demonstrating leadership in serving students in the Archdiocese of Boston. We are equally proud of our mission to ensure that a Catholic education remains available to the children of Boston’s inner-city neighborhoods. Consistent with this tradition and our mission, we are pleased to announce that beginning in September we will be accepting students to the newly created Cathedral Junior High School.”

Board Chair John J. Remondi of Fidelity Investments stated, “Our goal in establishing the junior high division is to have an even greater impact on the lives and educational outcomes of the students we serve. We aim to give all our students the academic platform to be successful not only at Cathedral High School, but at the colleges and universities to which 99% of our graduates matriculate. The sooner we can engage students in a focused, rigorous college-preparatory environment, the more successful we and they can be.”

Cardinal Seán O’Malley, commenting on this new initiative in Catholic education, said “Cathedral High School is making it possible for many students and families to realize their dream of receiving an outstanding Catholic education.  Our hope and prayer is that we can continue to open doors to excellence for students and to build on an already established and thriving school environment with the addition of the junior school grades beginning in the Fall of 2010. In particular I want to thank John Remondi and Tom Arria for leading the school through this important process, we are blessed by their commitment to Catholic education. I am also grateful to Cathedral Elementary school for their participation in the planning and to the Archdiocesan Catholic Schools Office for their support and guidance with the process.”

Dr. Mary Grassa O’Neill, Secretary for Education/ Superintendent for Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese, stated, “Cathedral High School is a great example of a school community implementing a strong vision that is making Catholic secondary education available and affordable to deserving students and their families.  They are accomplishing this goal with a vibrant commitment to academic excellence and faith formation understanding that it takes dedicated faculty and staff all working together for a shared mission to help students achieve.”

The tuition for the junior high division will be $2,600, representing an $11,400 discount on the actual cost to the school per student, and apart from need-based financial aid.

The junior high division can accommodate up to 40 7th and 40 8th grade students this September. Housed in a single wing of the current high school building, junior high students will have access to new, state-of-the-art integrated science classroom/laboratories; a foreign language lab; the newly renovated library media center; refurbished cafeteria; newly furnished classrooms; computer room; Campus Ministry Center; and a spacious new gymnasium. The junior high curriculum will include modern language, laboratory science, physical education, technology and advanced math classes not commonly available to 7th and 8th graders.

Cathedral High School was founded in 1926 as a parish high school serving primarily Irish-American families in the South End. Over the years, the school has continued to serve the children of first- and second-generation immigrant families, and today 39% of students come from homes where English is not the first language. Ninety percent of the current student body lives in the city of Boston and slightly more than half of the students are Catholic. In 2004 Cathedral was separately incorporated as a private educational institution, independent of the Archdiocese of Boston, and is now governed by a 19-member volunteer Board of Trustees that has the sole responsibility for its strategic direction and its financial well-being.

Cathedral High School will host an information evening and open house for interested 6th and 7th grade students and their families at the school on Wednesday evening, February 24 , from 6 – 7:30 p.m. Applications will be available as of February 8 and can be secured by calling the school at 617-542-2325. The application will also be available on line. Admissions will be on a rolling basis.

About Cathedral High School, Inc.:  Cathedral High School, Inc. is a college-preparatory,  urban, co-educational, multi-cultural, private Catholic, learning community committed to excellence. With financial assistance available to those in need, CHS admits students regardless of economic status, faith, race, or educational background. Within the Cathedral family and in keeping with Gospel values, students learn to take personal responsibility for their actions, make morally and socially responsible decisions, and help the less fortunate. For more information, please visit www.cathedralhighschool.net