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Merrimack Valley

January 26, 2013

Catholic Schools Week set to begin tomorrow

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Central Catholic High School has taken technology one step further by offering online courses through Virtual High School, a consortium of high schools from across the globe, said David DeFillippo, director of advancement.

The classes are open to juniors and seniors with a grade point average of 2.5 or better and more than 40 students are enrolled in the program, he said.

Students can chose from one of 150 courses including creative writing, oceanography, astronomy, criminology, Irish literature, mythology and the Vietnam War. They also have the option of taking advanced placement classes such as statistics, environmental science, economics, computer science and world history. in order to be part of the consortium, each school has to have a teacher train to teach. At Central Dennis King, and diseases. “We’re very excited about the opportunity it gives our students,” DeFillippo said. “It’s more than we can ever offer with a fixed number of faculty and classrooms.”

Central Catholic at 300 Hampshire St., also has a dual enrollment project with Syracuse University. Central students take classes designed by the New York university and in addition to getting credit, their participation appears on their transcripts.

The newest parochial school in the city is Lawrence Catholic Academy, established after the merger of St. Patrick and Our Lady of Good Counsel schools three years ago.

Lawrence Catholic Academy housed at the former St. Patrick School at 101 Parker St. is expanding on more than 100 years of education offered at the former schools with close to 500 students in nursery school to eighth grade.

Principal Sister Lucy Veilleux is more than happy at the results of the new school.

“The school has worked because of the parents, the students and we’ve been able to create a family community,” Sister Veilleux said.

John Licciardi, director of advancement agreed.

”The reception from the parents and the community has been phenomenal,” he said. “Parents chose Catholic school because they feel it really prpares students for high school and college. In addition to academics, it instills values that goes with Catholic education.”

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