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Three schools are ranked in the top ten nationally; all are ranked in the top 100 in the State of Pennsylvania; and the top student in the nation hails from Our Lady of Calvary School Students and educators from 19 parish and regional Catholic elementary schools in the Archdiocese who have ranked nationally or statewide […]

 

Archdiocesan high schools and parochial elementary schools in the City of Philadelphia will open on a two hour delay tomorrow, Thursday, March 22, 2018. Archdiocesan high schools and parochial elementary schools in the suburban counties normally follow the decision of their corresponding local public school district and submit closure status independently. ###  

 

Due to impending inclement weather as forecasted by the National Weather Service, Archdiocesan high schools and parochial elementary schools in the City of Philadelphia will be closed tomorrow, Wednesday, March 21, 2018. Archdiocesan high schools and parochial elementary schools in the suburban counties normally follow the decision of their corresponding local public school district and […]

 

UPDATED Archdiocesan high schools and parochial elementary schools in the City of Philadelphia will now open on a two-hour delay tomorrow, Thursday, March 8, 2018.  

 

Due to impending inclement weather, Archdiocesan high schools and parochial elementary schools in the City of Philadelphia will be closed tomorrow, Wednesday, March 7, 2018. Archdiocesan high schools and parochial elementary schools in the suburban counties normally follow the decision of their corresponding local public school district and submit closure status independently.   ###

 

Students from elementary schools, high schools, and schools of special education packaged over 17,000 relief bags to benefit Nutritional Development Services’ Community Food Program Today, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. officially kicked-off Catholic Schools Week (CSW) in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia with a day-long community service event Nourishing our Neighbors—Catholic School Students as Servant […]

 

In 2016 approximately fifteen eighth grade students at Saint Francis De Sales School in Southwest Philadelphia had the opportunity to work on a documentary project titled, “Bridging the Gap.”  They teamed up with filmmakers/producers Steve McWilliams, John Stefanic, and Matthew Marencik from “Youth Solution Films” located in Havertown (Delaware County).  A screening for current students, […]

 

The City of Philadelphia has established Thursday, February 8, 2018 as the date for the public celebration and parade for the Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles. Given projected city street closures and heavy demands on public transportation in the Philadelphia region, Archdiocesan high schools and parochial elementary schools in the City of Philadelphia will be […]

 

The National Catholic Schools Week 2018 Theme: “Catholic Schools:  Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed” The Archdiocese of Philadelphia will join in the national observance of Catholic Schools Week January 28, 2018 – February 3, 2018. Catholic Schools Week is an annual celebration of the Christ-centered, faith-based education that students receive in the 119 elementary, 17 secondary, […]

 

Archdiocesan high schools and parochial elementary schools in the City of Philadelphia will open two hours late today, Tuesday, January 9, 2018. This decision was made due to expected slippery conditions on roads and walkways in the early morning hours. Archdiocesan high schools and parochial elementary schools in the suburban counties normally follow the decision […]

 

Archdiocesan high schools and parochial elementary schools in the City of Philadelphia will close at 1:00 p.m. today, Monday, January 8, 2018. According to the National Weather Service, a Winter Weather Advisory is in effect this afternoon for the possibility of freezing rain and sleet. Precipitation will begin between 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. in […]

 

Archdiocesan high schools and parochial elementary schools in the City of Philadelphia will be closed tomorrow, Friday, January 5, 2018. This decision was made in the wake of today’s storm. It follows reports from the National Weather Service projecting that the next 60 hours will feature dangerously low temperatures, winds gusting 35-40 miles an hour, […]

 

Due to projected inclement weather in the overnight and early morning hours, Archdiocesan high schools and parochial elementary schools in the City of Philadelphia will be closed tomorrow, Thursday, January 4, 2018. Archdiocesan high schools and parochial elementary schools in the suburban counties normally follow the decision of their corresponding local public school district and […]

 

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia Announces the Appointment of Dr. Andrew McLaughlin as Secretary for Elementary Education

Wednesday, December 20th

Background At the conclusion of the 2016-2017 academic year, the Superintendent for Elementary Education in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia departed to pursue other opportunities. In July the Archdiocese appointed an interim Superintendent for Elementary Education and announced that it would work with its Executive Board of Elementary (EBEE) and the Faith in the Future Foundation […]

This fall, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., along with the Auxiliary Bishops of Philadelphia and the Archdiocesan Office of Catholic Education (OCE), announced their second annual “Christmas Card Design Contest” in the 216 parishes, 17 high schools, 119 elementary schools, and 4 Schools of Special Education in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. School administrators, teachers, […]

 

Archbishop Chaput’s 2nd Annual Christmas Card Design Contest 2017 — DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS OCTOBER 20TH

Thursday, October 12th

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., along with his Auxiliary Bishops, are pleased to announce the 2nd Annual Christmas Card Design Contest.  School Administrators, Teachers, PREP Teachers, and Parents are encouraged to invite students to create an original design for the Archbishop’s official 2017 Christmas Card. All cards are to be an original work depicting […]

Link to Video from Back to School Pep Rally and Kick Off Celebration on the steps of the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in Philadelphia, September 11, 2017. https://vimeo.com/catholicphilly/review/233422220/1f6a1d1c4a

 

On Friday, September 11, 2017, over 300 students gathered on the steps of the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul to celebrate the beginning of the 2017-2018 school year in the five-county Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The celebration signaled the opening of the 234th consecutive year for Catholic education in the region. The several hundred […]

 

(Editor’s Note:  Mr. Mominey, Chief Operating Officer and Secretary for Catholic Education will celebrate his 5th year with the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in May 2018) I hope that each of our students come to know, love, and serve the person of Jesus Christ in a more meaningful way.   I hope that each student reaches […]

 

The 119 parish and regional elementary schools in the five-county Archdiocese of Philadelphia officially begin the first day of school on Wednesday, September 6th. Many elementary schools will hold opening week school liturgies in church to unite students, faculty, and staff in prayer in front of the Blessed Sacrament.  Additionally, two schools have special events […]

 

Students and teachers highlight academics and fine arts in parochial elementary schools during “Showcase of Excellence,” which this year will be held at six satellite locations During the months of March and April, over 65 Parochial and Private Catholic elementary, Independence Mission Schools, and Schools of Special Education throughout the Archdiocese of Philadelphia will participate […]

 

Seven Local Catholic Schools Participate in Junior Flower Shows

Thursday, March 16th

During January, February, and early March, six Parochial elementary schools and one Archdiocesan high school held a “Junior Flower Show” at their school and welcomed judges from the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) as part of its free program for area students. Participating schools include:  Little Flower Catholic High School for Girls, Saint Agnes Catholic School […]

Archdiocesan high schools and parochial elementary schools in the City of Philadelphia will be closed tomorrow, Tuesday, March 14, 2017 due to the projected inclement weather. Archdiocesan high schools and parochial elementary schools in the suburban counties normally follow the decision of their corresponding local public school district and submit closure status independently. ###

 

Our Lady of Calvary Elementary School (http://www.olcalvaryschool.org/)in Northeast Philadelphia has a group of young ladies named the, “Soaring Six.” This group is comprised of eighth grade girls who are now preparing for the nation’s premiere rocketry contest, the Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC). The competition is expected to feature more than 800 teams of secondary […]

 

Holy Trinity Catholic School and Saint Lucy Day School for Children with Visual Impairments Share Lesson in Braille

Thursday, February 23rd

HOLY TRINITY CATHOLIC SCHOOL AND SAINT LUCY DAY SCHOOL FOR CHILDREN WITH VISUAL IMPAIRMENTS SHARE LESSON IN BRAILLE Holy Trinity Catholic Elementary School 7th and 8th grade students recently completed a unit of study on the life of Louis Braille, the 19th Century Frenchman who was best known as the creator of the Braille alphabet […]

PARISHIONERS FROM SAINT JOHN VIANNEY PARISH PRESENT SCHOLARSHIPS TO ARCHDIOCESAN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL STUDENTS Parishioners from Saint John Vianney Parish in Gladwyne (Montgomery County) will present eight $3,000 a year scholarships to current eighth grade students from several parish, regional, and Independence Mission Schools in the City of Philadelphia to attend any Archdiocesan High School for […]

 

SCHOOLS THROUGHOUT THE ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA CELEBRATE CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK The National Catholic Schools Week 2017 Theme: “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service”    The Archdiocese of Philadelphia will join in the national observance of Catholic Schools Week January 29, 2017 – February 4, 2017. Catholic Schools Week is an annual celebration of […]

 

Mater Dei Catholic School’s “Future Cities” Team recently received the Fire Protection Engineering and the Innovative Transportation Concept awards at Future City Philadelphia Region! Congratulations to Mater Dei students and all ten of the Archdiocesan elementary schools whose students competed in the Future Cities – Philadelphia competition recently!  The ten Archdiocesan elementary schools that participated […]

 

Students at two Archdiocese of Philadelphia schools have acts of community service planned to mark this year’s celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (MLK).  In doing so, they will carry out several of the Corporal Works of Mercy. Elementary school students at Saint Andrew Catholic School in Newtown (Bucks County) will host a Day […]

 

Inaugural Event Gives Students Opportunity to Design Official Christmas Card Cover for Archbishop Chaput

Tuesday, December 6th

This fall, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., along with the Auxiliary Bishops of Philadelphia and the Archdiocesan Office of Catholic Education (OCE) announced an inaugural “Christmas Card Design Event” in the 217 parishes, 17 high schools, 122 elementary schools, and 4 schools of special education in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. School administrators, teachers, Parish […]

Four Archdiocese of Philadelphia Elementary Schools Named 2016 National Blue Ribbon Schools

Friday, September 30th

Holy Family Regional Catholic School in Phoenixville (Chester County), Saint Genevieve School in Flourtown (Montgomery County), Saint Mary Interparochial in Philadelphia, and  Saint Philip Neri in Lafayette Hill (Montgomery County) were selected as part of the 2016 cohort of National Blue Ribbon Schools in an announcement made by United States Secretary of Education, John B. King, […]

The Northeast Times newspaper recently profiled six teachers at Resurrection Regional Catholic School in Northeast Philadelphia, almost 1/4th of the faculty, who have come full circle and returned to teach at the regional school formed in 2012, after having graduated from the former Re­sur­rec­tion of Our Lord and Our Lady of Ransom Parish Schools. Read the […]

 

Schools in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia will commemorate the first anniversary of the visit of Pope Francis during the World Meeting of Families-Philadelphia 2015 with a celebration of the Year of Mercy called for by the Holy Father. The various components of this celebration are a positive response to the challenge Pope Francis issued in […]

 

Nearly 400 Students Gather in Front of the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul to Kick-Off the 2016-2017 School Year in the Archdiocese with Prayer and a Pep Rally

Tuesday, September 13th

Today, nearly 400 students gathered on the steps of the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul to celebrate the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year in the five-county Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The celebration signaled the opening of the 233rd consecutive year for Catholic education in the region. The several hundred students in attendance represented […]

Office of Catholic Education Announces Appointment of Field Coordinator for Hispanic Outreach

Thursday, June 2nd

Today, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s Office of Catholic Education (OCE) announced that Ms. Nancy L. Sanchez has been named to the newly created position in OCE as Field Coordinator for Hispanic Outreach effective June 6, 2016. Mr. Christopher Mominey, Chief Operating Officer and Secretary for Catholic Education said, “We are thrilled to announce the hiring […]

Saint Basil the Great CYO Team to Compete in International Odyssey of the Mind World Championship

Tuesday, May 17th

The Saint Basil CYO Team is the only Catholic elementary school team in the State of Pennsylvania to advance to the World Championship this year A team of seven students from grades 6 through 8 at Holy Family Regional School in Phoenixville, are set to compete in an educational World Finals competition, called “Odyssey of […]

Sister Cathy McGowan, SSJ, principal of Drexel Neumann Academy (DNA) was named by the National Catholic Education Association (NCEA) to be one of its recipients of the “Leadership. Learn. Inspire” Award.  This national award is presented to educators who have made outstanding efforts, contributions, and achievements on behalf of Catholic school education.  Sister Cathy is […]

 

Over 500 music students from schools throughout the Archdiocese of Philadelphia will perform during the annual “Reverend Monsignor Louis D’Addezio Concert of Excellence” in Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts on Tuesday, March 22, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. The “Concert of Excellence” will feature pieces performed by students from the Archdiocesan […]

 

Developed by parish leadership in conjunction the Delaware County Advisory Council, the Office of Catholic Education, and neighboring parishes, the plan seeks to provide affordable and viable educational options for current parish school students. Background Regarding Today’s Announcement Today, Reverend Alan J. Okon, Pastor of Saint Francis de Sales Parish (SFDS) in Lenni, Delaware County, […]

 

In celebration of National Engineers Week (E-Week), Saints Colman-John Neumann (SCJN) students in grades five through eight recently learned about careers in engineering and were guided by a Boeing engineer in building their own unmanned glider. On Feb. 16, a Boeing engineer visited SCJN as part of Boeing’s annual E-Week program. Students in grades five […]

 

2016 marks the 21st year Neumann Scholarships have been sponsored by the Connelly Foundation The Archdiocese of Philadelphia Office of Catholic Education is proud to announce that 37 current eighth grade students are this year’s recipients of the Neumann Scholarship sponsored by the Connelly Foundation. The scholarship is an annual initiative, which honors the founder […]

 

Three Archdiocesan Elementary Schools Recognized at the Annual Keystone Awards Ceremony

Tuesday, December 15th

On Sunday, December 9th the annual Keystone Awards Ceremony were held in Hershey, PA. Sponsored by the Department of Education of the State of PA, the ceremony recognized the “Milliken Teacher of the Year,” as well as, the “Blue Ribbon Schools” of the state. At the awards administrators from the three 2015 Blue Ribbon Archdiocesan […]

Saints Simon and Jude Teacher Inducted into Chester County Hall of Fame, Class of 2015

Wednesday, December 2nd

SS. Simon and Jude 8th grade teacher, Jackie Dryfoos was recently inducted into the Chester County Hall of Fame, Class of 2015. She was honored at the Gala sponsored by the Foundation for Catholic Education supporting Chester County on Friday, November 6th at Bishop Shanahan High School. Mrs. Dryfoos was one of two teachers in […]

Saint Agnes Catholic School Receives National Blue Ribbon School Award

Thursday, November 12th

Washington, D.C.: On November 10, principal Sr. Joan Felicia and other administrators and faculty represented Saint Agnes Catholic School (Chester County) at the 2015 National Blue Ribbon School Program (NBRSP) Award Ceremony at the historic Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. One of only 122 private elementary schools in the nation to be recognized this […]

Saint Katharine Drexel Regional Catholic School Honors Late Pastor With Blessing and Dedication of Pre-K Center

Thursday, November 5th

Saint Katharine Drexel Regional Catholic School will hold a blessing and dedication of its new Pre-K Center in honor of Reverend William F. McGeown, late Pastor of Assumption B.V.M. Parish in Feasterville, on Friday, November 6, 2015. Well over 400 students, faculty, staff, parishioners and members of Rev. McGeown’s family are expected to attend the […]

Three Archdiocesan Elementary Schools Named National Blue Ribbon Schools

Thursday, October 1st

Our Mother of Consolation in Chestnut Hill, Saint Agnes (Chester County) and Saint Norbert (Chester County) Parish Elementary Schools selected as 2015 National Blue Ribbon Schools Our Mother of Consolation Parish School (OMC) in the Chestnut Hill section of Northwest Philadelphia, Saint Agnes School in West Chester (Chester County) and Saint Norbert Catholic School in […]

Pennsylvania Catholic Conference: Show Your Support for the Successful EITC and OSTC Programs

Tuesday, August 4th

Article via Pennsylvania Catholic Conference:  http://www.pacatholic.org/show-your-support-for-the-successful-eitc-and-ostc-programs/ Both the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) and the Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit (OSTC) programs are funded by companies that contribute to our scholarship organizations in exchange for a tax credit. The longstanding EITC program has helped countless students attend our Catholic schools every year. EITC tax credits are […]

Two Scholarships Awarded to Saints Philip and James School Students

Tuesday, June 16th

Exton, PA (West Whiteland Township)—Two Saints Philip and James School students were awarded partial scholarships for the upcoming academic year. The scholarships were given through the generosity of a local business and in memory of a late longtime substitute teacher. Kirsten Ward, who will be entering 6th grade, was awarded a partial scholarship for her […]

26 Archdiocesan Elementary Schools and Students Nationally Recognized During First in Math® Award Ceremony

Wednesday, June 10th

Twenty-six Archdiocese of Philadelphia parish and regional elementary schools, whose students and educators have ranked nationally in the First In Math® online program were honored during a local awards ceremony. The awards were presented by Sister Edward William Quinn, IHM, Director of Elementary Curriculum, Instruction and Staff Development for the Office of Catholic Education. The […]

Office of Catholic Education Announces New Superintendent of Elementary Schools

Wednesday, May 20th

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s Office of Catholic Education announces that Mrs. Debra Brillante has been named the Superintendent of Elementary Schools effective immediately. For the past six months she served in that position on an interim basis. Mrs. Brillante was chosen to lead the Archdiocese’s 122 elementary schools through an extensive search process led by […]