St. Paul the Apostle has grown over the past several years, but nothing quite like it experienced this year.
Its current enrollment in kindergarten to eighth grade is 450 students, an increase of 22 students from last year. Its preschool to eighth-grade enrollment is 545 students, an increase of 54 students from last year. The school also is excited to announce that its preschool program filled all of its 98 seats, and the daycare program is also full.
To accommodate this growth the school expanded into the second floor of the Early Learning Center. Also, the preschool expanded from 65 seats to 98 seats, and a daycare program with 24 seats was added this year. With all these changes, there are many new faces around the school and lots of activity.
The 2008-2009 school year started out with a bang – literally. The summer was full of construction, and many volunteers helped reduce costs by $40,000. Major changes included a new playground surface, new preschool-age playground equipment, and newly renovated band, music and after-school program spaces in the Early Learning Center (former convent).
In the main building, the new kindergarten rooms turned out quite nicely, as did the new science lab and seventh-grade classrooms, while the third-grade teachers have done a great job with their new spaces on the main floor.
Thank you to all the teachers who spent many extra hours getting their new rooms ready for the fall. What a great example of stewardship in action!