Program Offers Catholic Education at Special Rate

By Tim Bishop

WHEELING—The department of Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston is inviting any student who wishes to attend schools within the diocese—who have openings—to join them for the second semester at a special, discounted rate. Those wishing to attend a Catholic school with an open seat will pay a one-time price of $1,000 for the second semester.

Vincent de Paul Schmidt, superintendent of schools for the diocese, said, “we realize that we have an amazing product. We realize that some people think we are too expensive or that we are at full capacity or that our schools are not for everybody. But we want everyone to know that if you want a Catholic education, we are here for you. We want you to be a part of our future. We have amazing things happening with technology, cirriculum and instruction. We are offering this package to show families how great our schools are.”

This special rate is available for one semester—families will pay full tuition next year. Schmidt stressed that not every school in the diocese currently has open seats, but the program is extended to any school in the diocese that does have openings. “We are a vibrant and growing educational community,” Schmidt said. “Many of our schools are experiencing unprecedented growth in both programming and educational opportunities for all students. We want to share that programming with all who could benefit. Our schools are—first and foremost—Catholic, very safe, able to offer personalized attention to the educational needs of each student and offer a sense of community that is second to none.”

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