Consideration is being given by the Archdiocese of Hartford to a Proposed Waterbury Catholic Academy to ensure a Bright, Sustainable Future for St. Mary School Students
HARTFORD, Conn. – (Nov. 1, 2016) On October 13th, The Roman Catholic Diocesan Corporation expressed its interest in purchasing the Rose Hill property, 63 Prospect Ave., in Waterbury, CT, as serious consideration is given to the establishment of a state-of-the-art Waterbury Catholic Academy. This would mean the relocation of St. Mary School students. It may elicit the interest of other Waterbury Catholic schools as well.
No purchase agreement has been signed, but the Office for Education, Evangelization and Catechesis of Archdiocese of Hartford is looking at the viability of transforming the buildings on the property, which include a Victorian mansion and two other buildings into a premier academy. For now, the name Waterbury Catholic Academy is being used to refer to the project. Three main features, which would make the academy special and unique, are:
- Retrofitting the buildings so that each would be specifically designed to offer students a balance of both core academics as well as classes in the arts and sciences. Currently, one of the buildings has a new gymnasium, and there is a green house on the property, along with an enclosed outdoor yard for students. The property itself is gated and secure.
- While the proposed Waterbury Catholic Academy would be authentically Catholic, it would offer a STREAM – Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Arts and Math – curriculum, which emphasizes science and math and greater use of technology in classrooms to better prepare students for the twenty-first century global society we live in and for further study and careers across many disciplines. All teachers at the academy would be trained in STREAM.
- The proposed academy would not be operated by a parish or by the archdiocese directly, but would be its own corporation, governed by a Board of Directors, who would oversee day-to-day operations and finances. The archdiocesan Office of Education, Evangelization and Catechesis would ensure that Catholic teachings and culture are embraced and the STREAM curriculum maintained. This new model of “academy governance” has been successfully implemented in other Catholic dioceses throughout the United States, and has helped revitalize former parochial schools making them sustainable for the future.
A meeting is being planned by the Office for Education, Evangelization and Catechesis to discuss this proposal with interested parents, faculty, and board members before Thanksgiving.
For Immediate Release
Contact: Maria Zone
Director of Communications
Archdiocese of Hartford