Ensuring a Catholic Education is Accessible for all
OPEN HEARTS, PREPARED MINDS, LOVE OF GOD
We strive to meet the financial needs of those who desire to attend Catholic Central, ensuring the seeds we plant and the dispositions we develop are accessible and affordable to all. More than 41% of the student body for the 2015-2016 school year requires varying degrees of financial assistance totaling $1,300,000, to whom we were able to provide $1,100,000. Catholic Central’s immediate goal of driving growth will be to raise scholarships through this campaign.
In the past year, the Diocese of Grand Rapids has made unprecedented investments in the sustainability of its Catholic schools. As parish schools increase enrollment and aggressively market to non-parish schools, Catholic Central is also preparing to attract and enroll additional students and increase capacity for tuition assistance. Catholic Central is in its third year of implementing an aggressive enrollment plan.
This plan will narrow the tuition gap for five years and create two significant advantages. First, it will buy time for the new enrollment plan to take root and deliver results. Significant time and money is being invested in student recruitment so we will reach a desired enrollment level of 800 students by 2020. Second, the plan will support families who desire a Catholic education for their child, or children, who cannot afford the financial burden without help.
the greatest gift
The greatest gift we can give our students is an open heart, a prepared mind, and a living faith. Through our core values -- love, lead, serve, strive, wonder, honor -- our education reflects both the life skills and life outcomes we seek to cultivate in our students as part of a life of discipleship. Catholic Central has remained a strong, vibrant school because families see this gift develop in their children.
As our graduates grow into adulthood, they will become the scientists, business leaders, voters, and parents who can question, analyze, and discern through the lens of the Catholic faith. As a prominent and inclusive Catholic school, welcoming all students who want to develop their God-given potential in service to others is indeed the greatest gift we can give. Catholic Central is embarking upon a $10 million dollar campaign that will transform the downtown campus into a model of Christ-centered student learning by 2018-19.