THE CHALLENGE

Overview

The Diocese of Rockville Centre and the Department of Education are doing everything they can to advance Catholic education on Long Island. We are aware that now more than ever, Catholic education is a critical part of our churches and communities. We are also aware of the level of commitment and investment families have made to educate their children with us. And while we are making progress in many areas, we also have to be honest about the challenges we face.

Between Our Lady of Mercy Regional School in Cutchogue, St. Isidore School in Riverhead and Bishop McGann-Mercy High School in Riverhead we have seen enrollment in Kindergarten through 12th grade fall by 37% since 2011. Demographically the number of school-age children in the region defined by a 20 mile radius around Riverhead* has declined by 19,000 students, or 6% since 2011. This leaves the schools in need of millions of dollars-per-year in subsidies. *US Census Bureau data

There is no alternative but to consolidate schools and students in order to maintain the high-quality Catholic education parents expect out of us.

As part of a long-term effort to revitalize and strengthen Catholic education on Long Island, the Diocese of Rockville Centre will consolidate two elementary schools, Our Lady of Mercy Regional School in Cutchogue and St. Isidore School in Riverhead, and close a diocesan high school, Bishop McGann-Mercy Diocesan High School. Elementary students from the two closed elementary schools will be offered the opportunity to attend a new school, St. John Paul II Regional School which will be located on the St. Isidore School campus. St. John Paul II Regional School will be a model for what we’re working to create at all our schools across Long Island. High school students will be offered the opportunity to transfer to St. John the Baptist Diocesan High School in West Islip.

This was a difficult decision – one that was made reluctantly and only after much study and prayer. While we deeply regret the pain and disruption these decisions will cause for parents and students, and of course for teachers and administrators who have served these schools so faithfully, we are left with no alternative other than making the changes described here.

Demographics

When the demographics of an area change, as the demographics on the East End of Long Island are changing now, Catholic schools are hard pressed to meet ongoing obligations and continue to grow academically and technologically.

Long Island is experiencing these challenging demographic conditions now and feeling the effects first in the less populated areas of the island, the East End.

  • Long Island’s population is ‘graying’, or becoming older on average. Nassau and Suffolk counties have median ages of 41.3 and 40.6 respectively, compared to New York State and national medians of 38.1 and 37.6, respectively. This means fewer school-age children.
  • The East End of Long Island in particular has seen a reduction in their school-age population by 6% since 2011 according to US Census data, meaning a reduction in students of nearly 19,000.

Incoming School-Aged Population

For 20-Mile Radius Around Riverhead 2011 – 2016.

Isolates the 5 – 9 and 10 – 14 age groups.

(The source of this data is 2016 US Census Bureau American Community)

Enrollment

There has been a 37% decline in combined enrollment at Our Lady of Mercy Regional, St. Isidore, and McGann-Mercy since 2011, which shows no signs of turning around anytime soon. As an example, the enrollment at McGann-Mercy High School illustrates how these population changes impact Catholic education. In descending order, from 12th grade through the 7th grade the class sizes are:

12th grade – 91
11th grade – 90
10th grade – 67
9th grade – 60
8th grade – 28
7th grade – 25

These declining enrollment trends make the delivery of a quality educational experience difficult and have financial implications that directly impact the school.

Financial Data

Using McGann-Mercy High School as the example, the Department of Education and the diocese have invested 16.3 million dollars in subsidy since 2007 and are likely to add 2.3 million dollars to that total by the end of this school year to keep the school open. The cost projection going forward suggests that many millions of dollars more would be needed to subsidize McGann-Mercy’s operation over the next ten years.

The changing cost structure plus the diminished capability to deliver the quality experience students and families deserve in such a small school population demanded that we look at alternatives.

On a smaller scale, both Our Lady of Mercy Regional School and St. Isidore School were experiencing similar enrollment and financial challenges.

THE PATH FORWARD

McGann-Mercy High School

After much study and prayer the Diocese of Rockville Centre has announced a new long-term vision for delivery of Catholic education on the East End of Long Island. For high school students this will involve a closure of McGann-Mercy High School and the consolidation of students into the large and vibrant school community of St. John the Baptist High School in West Islip.

We believe that this measure will strengthen the long-term viability of Catholic education and the critical role it plays in the health of our churches and the formation of the next generation of Catholic laypeople and clergy. Most importantly, consolidation will create a more vibrant and effective educational environment for the students affected.

This was a difficult decision and we deeply regret the pain and disruption this will cause to our parents and students and to the dedicated teachers and administrators who have served this school so faithfully.

In order to continue to serve those who have put their faith in us we have created a plan and incentives to help students and families through this difficult period. These include:

  • We will provide busses to and from St John the Baptist’s West Islip campus from McGann-Mercy for students
  • We will compensate the affected families with tuition incentives
  • We will provide a dedicated guidance counselor to assist McGann-Mercy students in making the transition

The diocese’s goal is to ease the transition as much as possible for the students and families involved.

East End Elementary and Middle Schools

The consolidation plan will also affect students and families of McGann-Mercy Junior High School, St. Isidore School and Our Lady of Mercy Regional School which will also close at the end of the 2017/18 school year. Beginning September 2018 the students who attend each will be combined at a new school, to be named the St. John Paul II Regional School, on the property that currently houses St. Isidore’s. Here the Diocese will implement a new school serving students from Nursery through eighth grade.

The new school will include an Early Childhood Education Center, a strengthened elementary education program and a middle school academy featuring a STREAM (Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Art and Math) curriculum. STREAM schools integrate Catholic identity into all aspects of the curriculum and have a strong focus on problem solving, group collaboration and independent research.

Bussing needs and related details are currently being finalized for the new N – 8 school.

ABOUT THE CHANGES

General Information & FAQ

As part of a long-term effort to revitalize and strengthen Catholic education on Long Island, the Diocese of Rockville Centre will consolidate two elementary schools and close a diocesan high school on the eastern end of the island that are no longer financially viable. Together, Bishop McGann-Mercy Diocesan High School, Our Lady of Mercy Regional School and St. Isidore School have seen enrollment drop by 37 percent since 2011. Additionally, the high school alone was subsidized $16.3 million from 2007 through last school year and will require an additional $2.3 million in support this school year.

We remain deeply committed to Catholic education and the critical role it plays in the health of our churches and the formation of the next generation of Catholic laypeople and clergy. These actions are therefore part of our larger, long-term vision to advance Catholic education and Catholic life on Long Island – to the enduring benefit of our Faith, our people and our communities.

Ask Your Questions Here

While we’ve tried to anticipate and answer many questions here we invite you to submit your question. If it is general and potentially of interest to everyone in the community we will add the question, and its answer to the list here. If it is specific to your student or circumstances we’ll provide you an answer directly.

High School

1. WHERE WILL THE AFFECTED STUDENTS ATTEND SCHOOL IN 2018?


Students will be given the option to continue their Catholic education at St. John the Baptist Diocesan High School. In addition, we will offer the following for the students and families:

a. Bus service from a pick-up point to St. John the Baptist Diocesan High School.
b. Tuition grants.
c. Transition teams will be provided at each school to provide emotional, academic and spiritual support for children and parents.
d. Additional special services to ensure the timely completion of college applications.

2. WHAT SUPPORTS WILL BE PUT INTO PLACE FOR THE JUNIOR CLASS AS THEY ENTER THEIR SENIOR YEAR?

We will be working diligently between now and June to ensure the current students, and particularly, the junior class will have what they need to move forward with college applications. We will provide additional support to the administrative offices moving forward.

3. WILL STUDENT’S COURSE CREDITS TRANSFER?

All students’ course credits will be transferred to St. John the Baptist Diocesan High School.

4. WILL NEW UNIFORMS NEED TO BE PURCHASED?

To assist students in assimilating into their new school, they will wear the St. John the Baptist Diocesan High School uniform.

5. WHAT WILL BE PROVIDED FOR THE EIGHTH GRADERS WHO WERE PLANNING ON ATTENDING A CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL?

Students will be able to continue their Catholic education at St. John the Baptist Diocesan High School, West Islip. For those students, we will offer the following:

a. Bus service from a pick-up point to St. John the Baptist Diocesan High School.
b. Tuition grants.
c. Transition teams will be provided at each school to provide emotional, academic and spiritual support for children and parents.

6. HOW DO I REASSURE MY CHILD ABOUT HAVING TO START OVER WITH NEW FRIENDS, NEW STAFF AND A NEW SCHOOL?

Transition teams will be provided at each school to provide emotional, academic and spiritual support for children and parents. We are going to do everything we can to make the transition as easy as possible. We will be offering transportation, guidance counseling and tuition grants to students who continue with us at one of our diocesan schools.

Once again, as Bishop Barres has stated, “We recognize the pain and disruption that this decision causes for our beloved school families. It is a decision that is heartbreaking to our students, their parents and families, our dedicated faculty, administrators and staff, and of course our parishes that are impacted. We will be supporting our students, families and employees throughout this transition with spiritual and pastoral care as well as the practical and timely information that is needed through consistent and ongoing communication.”

7. WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO THE STUDENTS IN THE MCAULEY PROGRAM ATTENDING BISHOP MCGANN-MERCY

These students will be welcomed into St. John the Baptist Diocesan High School and services will be provided.

8. IS MCGANN-MERCY DIOCESAN HIGH SCHOOL PROPERTY FOR SALE?

The property is not for sale at this time. Consideration of the future of the property on which the school rests, played no role whatsoever in the decision to close.

9. ARE THERE OTHER HIGH SCHOOLS IN THE DIOCESE THAT ARE IN SIMILAR FINANCIAL TROUBLE?

The are no schools in the diocese that currently have the drastically low and declining enrollment rates as Bishop McGann Mercy. However, declining enrollment continues to be a challenge for Long Island schools – public and private.

10. WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO THE MONEY RAISED TO BUY BISHOP MCGANN-MERCY DIOCESAN HIGH SCHOOL A NEW BUS?

We are looking into all issues regarding fees, donations and grants pertaining to Bishop McGann-Mercy Diocesan High School and will be able to provide a clear answer once we have that information.

11. DOES THE BISHOP PLAN TO HAVE A MEETING FOR PARENTS WITH STUDENTS WHO ARE AFFECTED BY THE HIGH SCHOOL CLOSING?

Bishop Barres and his entire team remain engaged throughout the entirety of the transition. The Bishop met with McGann Mercy students on Friday, March 16th, and had a frank and constructive dialogue.

12. HOW WILL CLOSING MCGANN-MERCY STRENGTHEN CATHOLIC EDUCATION IF IT'S DENYING THAT EDUCATION TO STUDENTS ON THE EAST END? WHY IS THE DIOCESE ABANDONING THE EAST END?

This action is part of the larger, long-term vision to advance Catholic education and Catholic life on Long Island. Preventing further financial drain on the overall school system will allow the Diocese to create a more effective educational environment, and enable strategic investments that will improve programs, teaching resources and infrastructure.

On the East End, we are strengthening enrollment by creating the new St. John Paul II Regional School in Riverhead. The new school will include an enhanced Early Childhood Education Center, a strengthened elementary education program and a middle school academy featuring a STREAM (Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Art and Math) curriculum. STREAM schools integrate Catholic identity into all aspects of the curriculum and have a strong focus on problem solving, group collaboration and independent research.

13. WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO THE REGISTRATION FEES THAT I'VE PAID?

If you made a deposit at McGann-Mercy, it will be returned. If you choose to enroll at St. John the Baptist, all registration fees will be waived.

14. MY CHILD IS HEARTBROKEN OVER THIS. WHAT WILL BE PUT IN PLACE TO HELP EAST THIS TRANSITION FOR THEM EMOTIONALLY? ADDITIONALLY, MY CHILD HAS ALREADY SIGNED UP FOR ALL THEIR CLASSES. WHAT IF THEY DON'T GET INTO THE CLASSES THEY WANT OR NEED NOW?

We are in the process of putting together a team of dedicated guidance counselors to assure the integrity of each student’s emotional well-being and academic program.

15. MY CHILD WAS SET TO RECEIVE A GRANT; WILL THAT STILL HAPPEN IF HE/SHE WERE TO ATTEND ST. JOHN'S IN THE FALL?

We will evaluate all grants and scholarships and take appropriate action on each one. Our goal is to ensure that these commitments remain in place.

16. CATHOLIC SCHOOL IS EXPENSIVE. WHAT WILL THE EXACT TUITION COSTS BE SHOULD MY CHILD ATTEND ST. JOHN'S? IF SPECIFICS CANNOT BE PROVIDED AT THIS TIME, WHEN WILL THEY BE AVAILABLE, AS IT IS ALREADY LATE IN THE SCHOOL YEAR?

Tuition information at St. John the Baptist school can be found on our website www.eastendcatholicschools.org.

The URL for the tuition page on the St. John the Baptist website is http://www.stjohnthebaptistdhs.net/admissions/registration/tuition.

Tuition assistance will be available; however, we are working on gathering information on specific grants and will share as soon as it is available.

17. WHAT IS THE LATEST UPDATE FOR TRANSPORTATION TO ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST HIGH SCHOOL?

As of now, plans are being finalized for two routes each with multiple pick up points.  One route will be from Mattituck and Riverhead to St. John the Baptist Diocesan High School, West Islip.  The second route will be from Hampton Bays and Center Moriches to St. John the Baptist Diocesan High School. We will continue to evaluate East End students’ transportation needs and options and revise our plans accordingly. We will keep parents and students informed on any changes.

18. WHY WAS THIS TOLD TO US THROUGH AN EMAIL? WHY DIDN'T YOU TELL US EARLIER SO THAT WE COULD BE MORE PREPARED?

We recognize that there is never good timing for this type of announcement, and that a robo-call directing people to an email may seem cold. However, email was the most effective way to ensure that everyone received the same information at the same time. The main factor driving the timing was the need to complete our financial and demographic analysis, have the time to thoroughly review and discuss options and exhaust all alternatives.

19. ENROLLMENT HAS FLUCTUATED IN THE PAST - WHY PULL THE PLUG NOW?

Enrollment in our east-end schools has declined steadily (37 percent) over the past 10 years. The enrollment decline reflects a 6.2 percent drop in the school-age population in Suffolk County between 2011 and 2016 – a loss of 19,000 children. There is no indication that this trend is going to change and thus we had to make this difficult decision.

20. HAS THE DIOCESE EXPLORED ALTERNATIVES SUCH AS A CHARTER HIGH SCHOOL?

Our evaluation, which was comprehensive and exhaustive, included looking at alternative schools. However, we were unable to resolve the core problem of declining enrollment.

21. WHY DIDN'T THE DIOCESE ALERT PARENTS ABOUT THE FINANCIAL DIFFICULTIES AND GIVE THEM TIME TO COME UP WITH A SOLUTION?

We strive to be completely transparent about the spiritual, academic and financial health of our diocesan education system. It’s no secret that our east-end schools have been struggling for some time with declining enrollment levels and increasing subsidies.

Elementary School

1. WHERE WILL THE AFFECTED STUDENTS ATTEND SCHOOL IN 2018?

Seventh grade students from Bishop McGann-Mercy Diocesan High School, students from Our Lady of Mercy Regional and St. Isidore’s will be accepted as entrants to the newly created N-8 Catholic School – St. John Paul II Regional School – that will be located on the St. Isidore campus. In addition, we will offer the following for the students and families

a. Bus service from a pick-up point to the new school.
b. Tuition grants.
c. Transition teams will be provided at each school to provide emotional, academic and
spiritual support for children and parents.

2. WHAT WILL BE PROVIDED FOR THE EIGHTH GRADERS WHO WERE PLANNING ON ATTENDING BISHOP MCGANN-MERCY DIOCESAN HIGH SCHOOL?

Students will be able to continue their Catholic education at St. John the Baptist Diocesan High School, West Islip. In addition, as with all affected students, we will offer the following for the students and families:

a. Bus service to transport students from a central pick-up point.
b. Tuition grants.
c. Transition teams will be provided at each school to provide emotional, academic and spiritual support for children and parents.

3. WILL THE TOMORRROW’S HOPE SCHOLARSHIP BE CARRIED TO ST. JOHN PAUL II REGIONAL SCHOOL?

Yes.

4. WILL NEW UNIFORMS NEED TO BE PURCHASED?

When St. John Paul II Regional School identifies a new uniform, students will be expected to transition to wearing the new uniform.

5. TELL US ABOUT THE NEW SCHOOL THAT IS REPLACING ST. ISIDORE N-8 SCHOOL. WHAT WILL IT HAVE THAT ST. ISIDORE’S DOESN’T?

The new school, St. John Paul II Regional School, will promote holiness in our families and holiness in our school family. It will:

a. Provide a faith-filled environment for high quality Catholic education that forms the minds, hearts and souls of our children and families under the inspiration and heavenly patronage of St. John Paul II, champion of holiness in marriage and the family.

b. Offer a stronger early childhood center.

c. Become a STREAM center of excellence.

d. Provide middle school students with community-based leadership opportunities and a community-based learning environment.

e. Continue to offer Regents classes in Mathematics and in Living Environment/Biology for eligible eighth grade students.

f. In September of 2015, Pope Francis said, “Families transform the world and history.” We dedicate our newest school under the heavenly patronage and guidance of St. John Paul II, true Champion of Holiness in Marriage and the Family. Through quality Catholic education, St. John Paul II Regional School will promote holiness in our families and holiness in our school family. We will strengthen the bonds of family and faith, creating missionary disciples that will encourage dramatic missionary growth on Long Island.

6. WHAT IS THE STATUS OF THE CURRENT ADMINISTRATION, FACULTY AND STAFF?

All current staff and administration will be offered the opportunity to apply for positions at the new school.

LEARN MORE

Future Opportunities

There are a number of ways students and families can learn more. This web site will be kept current with new information as it becomes available.

At St. John the Baptist High School Assistant Principal Patrick Harris has been identified as the point person to help to assure that each student’s academic path is supported. He will work alongside of Lisa Navarro and three designated guidance counselors from St. John’s.

Open House Sessions

McGann-Mercy parents and students are invited to simply stop by during school hours to register, drop off paperwork or make purchases at the book store.  No appointment necessary.

Meet the St. John the Baptist Family 

McGann-Mercy families are invited to attend the Campus Ministry Coffee House on Wednesday, May 23rd for an evening of food, prayer and song. Additionally, the school uniform providers will be available that night as well as guidance counselors for any families who may still need a guidance appointment. The evening’s program will include:

o   5:00pm – 6:00pm             Uniform measurements, Guidance Counselors available

o   6:00pm – 6:45pm             Pizza and Chinese food

o   6:45pm – 7:30 pm            Prayer Service

o   7:30pm – 8:30pm             Coffee and dessert

During the prayer service students will participate in prayer and reflection with St. John’s students while parents will have a breakout session with current St. John’s parents. Please RSVP to (631) 587-8000 x116 if you plan on attending.

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While we’ve tried to anticipate and answer many questions here we invite you to submit your question. If it is general and potentially of interest to everyone in the community we will add the question, and its answer to the list here. If it is specific to your student or circumstances we’ll provide you an answer directly.

INTRODUCTION

St. John the Baptist Diocesan High School

Families within the diocese are fortunate to have two additional Diocesan high schools, St. John the Baptist and Holy Trinity as an alternative as well as seven other high schools run by parishes or religious orders to choose from. Due to its geographic proximity, McGann-Mercy students will each be offered the opportunity to transfer to St. John the Baptist High School to complete their studies. This outstanding school, with a current enrollment of approximately 1,400 students offers excellent academics and vibrant campus life. We believe it provides students a place where they will not just complete their high school requirements, but a place where they will get a real sense of belonging as part of the St. John’s family.

 

Founded in 1966 by the Diocese of Rockville Centre, St. John the Baptist is a co-educational, comprehensive college-preparatory school which offers a variety of courses to maximize each student’s potential. Integrity, respect, responsibility, and concern for others are representative of the qualities of character that we instill in each student at St. John’s. St. John the Baptist is approximately 41 miles from the McGann-Mercy campus and the diocese will provide special bussing from and to McGann-Mercy to support McGann-Mercy students. These busses will support both the regular school day as well as offering a late bus to support students participating in sports and extracurricular activities. The diocese will also offer financial assistance to the families affected by the changes and will provide a dedicated guidance counselor to assist McGann-Mercy students making the transition.

Academic Programs

Academic excellence and personal development are highly valued at St. John’s. Students can choose from a variety of course offerings and each student can receive individualized guidance on course selections and collegiate applications. Fifteen college credit courses, 14 Advanced Placement courses, as well as honors- and Regents-level courses are offered with a wide array of electives. Specialized research programs, like GENESIS & AP Capstone, enable selected students to create and execute their own original projects. For students with an Individual Educational Plan (IEP), St. John’s offers a fully staffed Resource Room in conjunction with our local school district.

St. John’s boasts extensive state-of-the-art facilities for academics: a new collegiate Library/Tech Center, science labs, Mac & PC computer labs and a Performing Arts Center. In addition, SJB is a Google School with a closed-circuit TV studio, video production lab, a dance studio, music rooms, radio station, and fine arts classrooms, including a photo lab.

Sports & Extracurricular Programs

St. John the Baptist (SJB) offers outstanding athletic facilities and programs to support interscholastic teams and physical education classes. SJB offers more than 80 interscholastic teams, a newly renovated turf field and gymnasium, a state-of-the-art track, a modern tennis complex, as well as an aerobic and strength training facility.

The inclusive nature of the athletic programs means that there are Freshman, JV and Varsity programs that help to develop and refine skills and allow students at a variety of ages and skill levels to enjoy interscholastic competition. Athletic programs at St. John’s exist to support the educational mission. Like other scholastic activities, the athletic program stresses both competition and fair play. We seek to present to our students the person of Jesus Christ as the model of how each one of us ought to conduct our life. In all endeavors, whether they be academic, athletic, or social, the Gospel animates all that we do and the behavior that we seek to inculcate in our students.

St. John’s also offers more than 50 moderated clubs for young people to join.  Over 70% of the student population is involved in some club or organization – not including athletic teams.  Through their participation, young people learn more about themselves and topics and interests that are appealing to them. They might even discover things about themselves they never knew before!

Our student activities are not “extra-curricular” but “co-curricular”. By joining a club, students are given a chance to build upon the knowledge learned during the school day and encouraged to apply that knowledge to the school, local and global communities. In addition, young people work with other students and faculty and staff members. That interaction is invaluable!

There are far too many activities to list here, but to review the complete list visit http://www.stjohnthebaptistdhs.net/who_we_are/student_activities.

The School Mission

As a Catholic educational community, the mission is paramount. Everyone at St. John’s is committed to spiritual, moral, and personal growth. Our young people are inspired to build responsible relationships with each other and a personal relationship with God.

Through different experiences, such as daily prayer, monthly school Masses and prayer services, retreats, individual counseling and guidance, all students are challenged to see their lives as wonderful gifts from God and, in turn, to live their lives in service to others.

You can read the mission statement of SJB here:

http://www.stjohnthebaptistdhs.net/who_we_are/mission_statement

Tuition and Registration

Tuition for the 2017-2018 school year is $10,350.00 —- which includes computer and science lab fees, guidance fees, PSAT testing fees, and a school ID card. An additional class fee is collected at the beginning of every school year.

There are many tuition payment plans: 11 payments, 4 payments, 2 payments and 1 payment. Special consideration will be offered to students transferring from McGann-Mercy that will reduce these costs.

Learn more about St. John the Baptist High School by visiting the SJB website here: www.stjohnthebaptistdhs.net/ or by attending any of the Open Houses listed above.

Founded in 1966 by the Diocese of Rockville Centre, St. John the Baptist is a co-educational, comprehensive college-preparatory school which offers a variety of courses to maximize each student’s potential. Integrity, respect, responsibility, and concern for others are representative of the qualities of character that we instill in each student at St. John’s. St John the Baptist is approximately 41 miles from the McGann-Mercy campus and the diocese will provide special bussing from and to McGann-Mercy to support McGann-Mercy students. These busses will support both the regular school day as well as offering a late bus to support students participating in sports and extracurricular activities. The diocese will also offer financial assistance to the families affected by the changes and will provide a dedicated guidance counselor to assist McGann-Mercy students making the transition.

THE 'NEW SCHOOL'

St. John Paul II Regional School

In the place of Our Lady of Mercy Regional School, a Nursery through Sixth grade facility and St. Isidore’s School, a Nursery through Eighth grade facility, and the Junior High School at McGann-Mercy, the diocese will open a new school on the St. Isidore property. This new school will reflect the latest and best in Catholic educational philosophy and technology. To be named St. John Paul II Regional School, the new school will offer:

  • An Early Childhood Education Center with Nursery, Pre-K and Kindergarten programs providing a loving and nurturing place to start for children, and before and after care for busy, working parents
  • The strengthened Elementary Education program is a technology infused, experiential program featuring a new STREAM (Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering and Math) curriculum with an emphasis on problem solving, group collaboration and independent research
  • The Middle School Academy continues the STREAM curriculum, prepares students for the rigor of a prestigious Catholic high school and college, and begins a focus on developing each student’s leadership qualities.

In September of 2015, Pope Francis said, “Families transform the world and history.” We dedicate our newest school under the heavenly patronage and guidance of St. John Paul II, true Champion of Holiness in Marriage and the Family. Through quality Catholic education, St. John Paul II Regional School will promote holiness in our families and holiness in our school family. We will strengthen the bonds of family and faith, creating missionary disciples that will encourage dramatic missionary growth on Long Island.

Academic Programs

Like the other schools in the Diocesan school system the curriculum will meet or exceed New York State and Diocesan guidelines. As a STREAM school, the new school will seek to integrate Catholic identity into every aspect of the curriculum. We will manifest this intent through projects based in social justice as well as in-depth experiential instruction in the teachings of the Church.

As a STREAM school the challenging learning environment will be focused on science, technology, math, arts and the integration of education in the faith that inspires the joy of discovery and an authentic culture of faith based on the doctrinal precepts of church teaching. The school will promote a culture of innovation as well as a commitment to ethical behavior.

As a STREAM school we will seek to increase the participation of groups that are under-represented in the sciences while we increase the content literacy for all students who do not pursue technology related courses of study.

The school will operate on the premises that 1) math and science competencies can be developed in all students and 2) that all students need these competencies to become full participants in 21st Century education.

As a STREAM school we will foster an environment that encourages problem solving, group collaboration and independent research by utilizing instructional practices and organizational.

Sports and Extracurricular Programs

St. John Paul II Regional School will offer children an abundance of extracurricular activities that provide genuine growth opportunities for children beyond the classroom. From arts-and-crafts programs to book, drama and chess clubs, to math contests and opportunities for liturgical growth and community service, there will be no shortage of reasons to stay beyond the normal school day. These enriching experiences complement the strong academic training and moral and spiritual support that children receive every day, helping them gain a well-rounded and fulfilling education.

The schools will offer both interscholastic and intramural sports too. Our focus on educating the ‘whole child’ in mind, body and spirit means that we understand that many positive aspects of life are reflected in sports and activities. We use sports and activities to aid in a student’s physical development, but also as a part of their socialization. We work to instill a competitive nature within the framework of good sportsmanship. Sports programs are important parts of assuring the understanding of fair play and teamwork.

During the formative years that students are with us they progress rapidly from the socialization activities of Early Education to intermural and CYO organized sports for elementary students. As they progress to middle school, Catholic Middle School Athletic Association (CMSAA) sanctioned interscholastic sports teams and events become the focus.

Tuition and Registration

Tuition rates for St. John Paul II Regional have been set to assure the long-term sustainability of the school. Because these rates may reflect an increase or decrease from what parents currently pay, the diocese will offer a Tuition Transfer Grant program to for the first two years to minimize any difference in the cost of selecting a Catholic Elementary School based on what families currently pay.

In order to hold the line on costs for existing families of Our Lady of Mercy and St. Isidore Schools we offer a Tuition Transfer Grant for the first two years of St. John Paul II Regional School:

Tuition Transfer Grant Year One Year Two
Per child $750 $500
Max per family $1,500 $1,000

Nursery – Pre-K

 

3 full days – $5,750/child

5 full days – $6,750/child

K – 8

K – 8 Supporting rate Non-supporting rate
1 child $5,500 $6,000
2 children $9,000 $9,750
3 children $11,250 $12,250

 

These rates reflect a fee for the second child that is equal to 64% of the first child and a third child rate that is 41% of the first child. Parishioners at any parish are billed at the supporting rate.

CONTACT

For Future Updates and Information

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Phone

516-280-2479

Fax

516-280-2963

Department of Education

Diocese of Rockville Centre
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