DFR Catholic Schools for You
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We welcome your family to explore the possibilities of a Catholic education by clicking on any or all of the schools above. Or, if you need more information, email us!
All of our schools have multiple “Return to School” plans in place – on campus, hybrid, or fully remote – and are ready to welcome you into our family as soon as you are ready!
Many Families Realize that Not All Remote Learning Experiences Are Equal
Whether you/your child was
- lost in the shuffle of overwhelmingly large video sessions
- had poorly organized remote learning classes with little structure and few new concepts
- or there was lack of support for your child with special needs
This is the perfect time to consider a different option: Your nearest Catholic School…
Many thanks and kudos to you and all for their hard work - students included! It really was a positive oasis with all we are dealing with now. The academics, community and focus really helps us muster on. Praying for all in these challenging times! Keep up the good work. We really appreciate all you do!– Carolyn K. M.
I love how you break it down into days and what things need to be done on each day. It makes it sooo much easier for us parents to keep track of.– Heather M.
Overall, the process of online learning has been easy and welcome. Our child appreciates using technology over worksheets.– Anonymous
I think it’s great the way you stay connected with your students. You make it such fun. Teachers are great at SJSJ– Linda C.
I am sure you are extremely busy with school and family but I wanted to send a quick note to express our appreciation to you, the teachers, and the entire SFXP community. It is amazing how seamless the transition to online learning has been. Our previous school system is still scrambling to try and pull things together and SFXP is already up and running.– Anonymous
No concerns. My daughter’s teacher have done an AMAZING job communicating and providing appropriate assignments. Also, the frequent communication from the Administration has been incredibly helpful and informative. Stay healthy and keep up the great work!– Anonymous
I just had to let you know how truly remarkable it is what you and your staff have done in such a short amount of time. Obviously from an educational standpoint, it’s important to keep the instruction in place, but the structure and purpose this gives the kids during this time is equally important, I think.– Caitlin A.
Good morning Mr. Shaughnessy, hope you are well. Thank you for all you and the teachers and staff are doing to keep our students learning and thriving... Eternally grateful for all you are doing.– Jody S.
What the school has produced in 1 day, companies, BIG companies spend years preparing to produce what you guys did in just one day! THANK YOU!– Anonymous
I just wanted to send you a quick note commending you and the entire staff at Bishop Stang for organizing and doing such a fantastic job in such a short amount of time. Bishop Stang is the only school in the area that I know of, both private and public, that was able to put this together last week.– Julia A.
We see that both of our children are presently engaged in formal LEARNING, while our friends’ children are talking about board games and craft projects, we are again reminded that we made the right choice a decade+ ago. The family atmosphere and genuine caring of the faculty and staff has always been a primary reason to entrust our children’s education to Saint Josephs'.– Steve P.
Thanks for having everything under control. Your teachers are amazing!– Helena A.
I can’t thank you enough for all the work that you have put in this week to help the middle school to continue learning during this difficult time. You are so dedicated and kind. We truly appreciate it.– Kristina P.
I just wanted to send a quick note of thanks to you and your staff. You have taken unchartered territory and made it seem like we’ve been doing e-learning regularly. I have welcomed the structure and consistency of a “normal” day in this unnerving time. It’s been a very positive experience and you all have been nothing short of amazing! Thank you!!!– The Evans Family
We are ahead of most public schools and their forward way of teaching during these times. For that I can’t speak any higher about how we are doing great. Yes some questions arise and yes some things I can’t teach them but together we will get through this.– Anonymous
Thank you again for everything you do for the class and the children. I truly appreciate it, especially in times like this.– Anonymous
I have to say to all the teachers you are doing the best that you can under these circumstances. Outstanding Job!!! Google Classroom working well as well as Zoom!!– Anonymous
Just a quick note to say how grateful we are for the structure, commitment and unbelievably speedy planning you have done and are doing for our son and all of the students at SJP. I cannot imagine what it would be like for Jack without the structure and interaction, even if it's just virtual.– Wendy and Joe O.
Thank you so much to the teachers and staff that worked so hard to make this transition seamless - I am amazed how organized Bishop Stang is!– Joana S.
Please let staff know that even though us parents are overwhelmed at times, we are SOO very grateful for all of the staff at St. Michael's and all you do!– Anonymous
You guys are doing awesome!! No down time, no extra weeks off, and we are all up and learning, Holy Trinity and the Diocese rocks, other kids are getting nothing and public schools are scrambling to figure it out...we are ahead of the curve and rocking it!!!– Lisa L.
Not only did our schools quickly convert to remote learning, they maintained the rigorous structured curriculum families look for in our Catholic schools. Upon converting to online learning, we received feedback quickly, especially from families who saw the slow progress within their local school districts.
Individually, our schools were able to identify students who did not have a device at home. Therefore, a Chromebook was immediately made available to any student who needed a device so they could continue with remote learning and not miss any class time.
Excellent Attendance Rates – Even During Remote Learning
While our schools provide students with faith and academic formation, they also serve as a family by providing a strong sense of community. With the “shelter in place” restrictions, our students and families quickly realized how much they missed their “family”. Our students remained engaged and looked forward to the structure their online classes provided.
Thus, our students actively participated in their online classes, Zoom meetings, prayer services, and other fun activities. The schools who have reported their attendance indicate a 90 – 99% attendance rate since March 16, 2020.
You Can Afford a Catholic Education
The Diocese of Fall River Catholic schools are committed to providing students with the highest quality education at a reasonable price. We work diligently to meet the financial need of every qualified student and attempt to ensure that no qualified student is denied a Catholic education for lack of financial resources.
The Foundation to Advance Catholic Education (FACE) has been providing needs-based scholarships for our K – Grade 8 students for over 25 years. Over $1.2 million was awarded to more than 900 K – Grade 8 students for the 2019-20 school year. Each of our four high schools work with families to identify scholarships and grants that can assist with the cost of tuition. Families are encouraged to have a discussion with each principal who can assist with financial aid.
You Do Not Need to be Catholic
Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to be Catholic to benefit from the higher academic standards available through Catholic schools. In fact, many of our students are not Catholic and, nationally, almost 20% of students are not Catholic (NCEA).
No matter your area of interest, grade level, or economic background, at the Diocese of Fall River Catholic schools, We Have a Place for You.
What Does “Back to School” Look Like?
Even though the buildings have been closed since March and the school year has ended, our school leaders are actively working and finalizing plan for the re-opening of school in the fall. With the recent DESE guidance provided on June 25, 2020, our schools are able to finalize their plans that ensure all students are able to return on campus for the 2020-21 school year.
Families who have children with health issues will be able to enjoy the school community remotely via livestream technology.
“The COVID-19 Slide”
Many parents grapple with the “summer slide” as their children return to school in the fall and require time to review concepts learned the prior academic year. With the unprecedented early closing of all school buildings in March, rather than June, researchers are trying to understand if three months of remote learning prior to the summer break will increase the learning gap when students return in the fall.
A recent white paper by the Collaborative for Student Growth provides an introduction into the COVID-19 slide as well as some projections for what educators can expect. Preliminary COVID slide estimates suggest that students will return in the fall of 2020 with roughly 70% of the learning gains in reading relative to a typical year. These gains drop to 50% in mathematics, and in some grades, close to a full year behind what would be observed in normal conditions (Kuhfeld, April 2020).