Christian Brothers School in City Park and St. Anthony Padua Catholic School in Mid-City are combining to create a new school in order to be compliant with the Office of Catholic Schools' strategic plan, according to a spokesperson with the Archdiocese of New Orleans.
The plan calls for the campus in the 4600 block of Canal St. to be renamed St. Anthony of Padua: A Christian Brothers School. Starting in the 2016-2017 school year, the schools will offer a co-ed elementary for pre-K4 through the fourth grade, an all-girls middle school for grades five through seven at the Canal St. Campus and an all-boys middle school for grades five through seven at the City Park campus.
Christian Brothers currently runs a fifth through seventh grade school for boys at City Park.
"This is about more than being compliant. We want to design a program to best serve the young people of New Orleans," Christian Brothers Principal Joey Scaffidi said.
The planned collaboration will begin in the 2015-16 school year. During that year, Scaffidi will work with Sr. Ruth Angelette, principal of St. Anthony of Padua, as they oversee the transition into a Christian Brothers school.
"I am delighted that St. Anthony and Christian Brothers have come up with this bold and creative plan," said Dr. Jan Daniel Lancaster, superintendent of Catholic Schools. "And I am grateful to both Joey Scaffidi and Sr. Ruth Angelette for working together to serve the needs of our young church. This kind of collaboration is what Catholic education is all about."
The strategic plan, released in May, calls for all Catholic schools to be configured as pre-K through seventh, eighth through twelfth , or pre-K through twelfth by the 2015-16 school year. More details are scheduled to be released in 2015, and the new school plans to open its doors to students at the start of the 2016-17 school year.