The Official Newspaper of the Diocese of Little Rock

Catholic Schools Herald, November 2016

Healthy enrollment builds healthy Catholic schools and strong Catholic communities. This special section from the Nov. 12, 2016 issue of Arkansas Catholic features a few of the ways Catholic schools are working to include more children.


Kids with special needs get tuition help

By Aprille Hanson, Published: November 15, 2016   

Brooklin Boudreaux, 6, had a tough time pronouncing the name of her favorite food — chicken strips. The “ch” and “str” combination gave her a “really hard time,” said her mother Brin Marie Boudreaux. Though Brooklin had been receiving speech therapy in her public school, thanks to the state’s Succeed Scholarship Program, which allows parents of children with special needs to have the option of attending an approved private school with a scholarship, she has made More... 

Sacred Heart to expand, launches capital campaign

Published: November 11, 2016   

MORRILTON — Sacred Heart Church and School announced Oct. 22 the public phase of a nearly $3 million campaign. The campaign, titled “Serve the Present. Honor the Past. Inspire the Future.” will support the addition of a new school building, which will provide six classrooms for kindergarten to 12th grade students and a safe room for more than 400 people, as well as an expansion to the church. Nearly $1.6 million has already been committed toward More... 

Closing the tuition assistance gap for Catholic schools

By Malea Hargett, Published: November 11, 2016   

Catholic schools have been able to increase their financial aid over the past year, but there is still $500,000 that the schools are not able to cover, associate superintendent Marguerite Olberts said. The Catholic Schools Scholarship Appeal will kick off Nov. 12-13 across the diocese to raise awareness and support for 24 of the diocese’s 28 Catholic schools. A letter from Bishop Anthony B. Taylor will be mailed to previous donors and a flyer should be More... 

Catholic schools build community over a lifetime

By Vernell Bowen, Published: November 11, 2016   

Several weeks ago I attended my husband’s 50th high school reunion from Hot Springs High School. In connection with the high school reunion, the students who had graduated from St. John in Hot Springs gathered together for their own reunion. Of the 14 in attendance, one journeyed from as far away as New Zealand. As I listened to each one share their memories of attending St. John, a common theme resonated. They all spoke about the closeness of the families in the school, the community building More... 

Catholic schools by the numbers

Published: November 11, 2016   

The Office of Catholic Schools provided the following statistics for the 2016-17 school year for the Diocese of Little Rock.   Enrollment • Schools: 28  • Total enrollment: 6,799 • Elementary enrollment: 4,940 • Secondary enrollment: 1,859 • Percentage of Catholic students: 77 • Total enrollment in preschools: 737   Race and Ethnicity • Percent of white students:  88 • Percent of Asian students: 4 • Percent of black students: 1.6 • Percent of multi-racial students: 4 (The remaining students are Native American, Pacific islanders or unknown. Additionally 13.4 percent More...