Catholic schools see uptick in enrollment

Kumi Tucker
Created: August 11, 2020 06:41 PM

ALBANY -- At All Saints Catholic Academy, demand for tours has tripled. 
"We traditionally tour one family a week, maybe two in the summer.  Families can take up to two weeks to commit," said Principal Traci Johnson.  "This summer has been completely different. We're receiving multiple calls from families.  They come in for a tour.  Most are committing within 24 to 36 hours of that tour." 

All Saints has students from nursery school through eighth grade.  It's offering daily in-class instruction, plus before and after child care.


It's also offering a remote learning option and using CARES Act funding to hire someone just for that. 

The superintendent says it's all about choice and more options. 

"As more and more of our public school districts have announced their plans, it has translated into an uptick in interest in our Catholic schools," said Giovanni Virgiglio, Superintendent of Schools for the Catholic Diocese of Albany. 

All Saints is one of 21 schools in seven counties in the Catholic Diocese of Albany. 

Classes will start on September 14-- a little later this year to give students and teachers some time to get used to new procedures in the days before. 

"In certain districts where there isn't much of a choice for families, it has prompted them to look at our Catholic schools, where they might not have before," said Virgiglio.  "And that has translated in some cases to some schools with waiting lists."

All Saints has waiting lists for at least three grades. 

"Families want school to happen," said Johnson.  "They want their child in academic situations, and we can make that happen because we are a population of just a little over 200."

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