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2 The Message --for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana September 26, 1997 l 7,804 students are enrolled in diocesan schools this falH By MARY ANN HUGHES Message staff writer Enrollment in diocesan schools has risen dramatically this year, according to the Catholic Educa- tion Office, which has released an official enrollment count of 7,804 students. Last year's student enrollment was7,467. This enrollment figure includes students at newly-opened pre- kindergarten programs at Holy Spirit and Resurrections schools, both in Evansville. Elementary school enrollment is 5,969 students, including 688 students in 14 pre-kindergarten programs. Secondary school enrollment is 1,702 for students enrolled at Memorial and Mater Dei high schools in Eansville, at Rivet High School in Vincennes, and at Washington Catholic High School in Washington. There are 133 students at Marian Heights Academy, Ferdinand, a school owned and operated by the Sis- ters of St. Benedict. Phyllis Beshears, director of schools, noted, "Once again we have been blessed with an increase in enrollment. More parents are entrusting us with their precious children. They are asking us to help them mold and educate these children so that they might grow up to be faith-filled ;: and academically prepared yung adults. "We know it is an awesome responsibility  one that we take most seri0usly." Beshears said that "for the last several years, the schools in our diocese have experi- enced tremendous success and growth. We are planning for this to continue." She said that when she makes school visits, "I am often presented with the challenge that many of our. schools are experi- encing now, that is that we are out of space. Many parish- es are working on that issue with plans ifor expanses: and renovation,of exist- ing facilities." Here are the offi- cial 1997-1998 enroll- ment figures: There are 612 students enrolled at Mater Dei High School, Evansville, including 159 freshmen this fall and 168 sophomores. There are 158 I. . • . juniors and 127. semors. Eight-hd-fifty students are enrolled at Memorial High School, Evansville. One-hun- dred-ninety-seven students com- prise Memorial's freshman class, and there are 234 sophomores, 231 juniors and 188 seniors Rivet Middle School and Rivet High School in Vincennes have a combined enrollment of 224 students; 105 students are in grades six through eight and 119 students are in grades nine through 12 at Rivet. There are 24 freshmen, 24 sophomores, 41 juniors and 30 00ors. Flaget Elementary School in Vincennes has a student enroll- ment of 286. Eighty-six students are enrolled in the pre-kinder- garten program and 50 students are in kindergarten. There are 37 first graders. One-hundred -twenty-one students are enrolled at Wash- ington Catholic High School, Washington, including 29 fresh- men, 28 sophomores, 35 juniors and 29 seniors. Ninety-three students are enrolled at Washington Catholic Middle School. There are 274 students enrolled in Washington Catholic Elementary School. Thirty-nine students are enrolled in the kindergarten program and 39 students are in first grade. This year, 78 students are in the pre-kindergarten program. The two Catholic elementary schools in Jasper have a com- bined student enrollment of 529. • Holy Family School has 328 students enrolled, including 39 students in the kindergarten pro- gram and 26 students in first grade. The pro-kindergarten pro- gram has 57 students enrolled. Last year's enrollment was 293 students. • Precfous Blood has 201 stu- dents this fall. Twenty-four stu- dents are enrolled in the kinder- garten program, and 22 students are in first grade. Fifty- eight students are in the pre- kindergarten program at Pre- cious Blood. There were 191 students enrolled atPrecious Blood last fall. There are 3,115 students enrolled in Catholic elementary schools in Vanderburgh Coun- ty. This includes pro-kinder- garten programs through grade eight. • Christ the King School, Evansville, has 305 students This is the first year for the pre-kindergarten program at Resurrection School, Evansville. Thirty-five children are enrolled in the pro- gram, including, above, Kristine RolleR, and at right, Kendall Aldstadt. m Message photos by Mary Ann Hughes ville, has 418 students enrolled. There are 41 kindergarten stu- dents and 41 first graders. • Holy Spirit School, Evans- ville, has 200 students, includ- ing 26 kindergarten students and 26 first graders. Eleven chil- dren are enrolled in the new pre-school program, Gabriel's Garden. • Resurrection School, Evans- ville, has 321 students enrolled; last year's enrollment was 282. Thirty students are in the kindergarten program and 38 students are first graders. There are 35 children enrolled in the pre-kindergarten program. ore parents are entrusting us with their precious children. They are asking us to help them mold and educate these children so that they might grow up to be faith-filled and academically prepared young adults. enrolled, including 28 in kinder- garten and 24 in first grade. Twenty students are in the pre- kindergarten program. Last year's enrollment was 301. • Corpus Christi School, Evansville, has 177 students enrolled, including 17 students in first grade. There are 25 stu- dents in the kindergarten pro- gram. • Good Shepherd School, Evanscille, has 318 students enrolled, an increase of 35 stu- dents over last year, Thirty-eight students are in kindergarten and 39 students are first graders. • Holy Redeemer School, Evansville, has 264 students enrolled. There are 29 students in kindergarten and 25 students • in first grade. • Holy Rosary School, Evans- * St. Benedict School, Evans- ville, has 295 students enrolled, including 38 students in the kindergarten programand 36 first graders. This year, there are 29 students enrolled in the school's pre-kindergarten pro- gram. Last year, there was a stu- dent enrollment of 263. • St. Theresa School, Evans- ville, has 263 students enrolled, including 22 students in kinder- garten and 30 students in first grade. , Westside Catholic Consoli- dated School in Evansville has 394 students enrolled, including 33 kindergarten students and 34 first graders. The pre-kinder- garten program has 110 stu- dents enrolled. • St. Joseph School, Vander- burgh County, has 160 students enrolled, including 17 kinder- garten students and 14 first graders. Last year's enrollment was 158. St. John the Baptist School, Newburgh, has 333 students enrolled, an increase of 26 stu- dents over last year. There are 37 sdents in kindergarten and 48 students in first grade. There are 542 students enrolled in the four Catholic elementary schools in Gibson County. • Holy Cross School, Fort Branch, has 112 students enrolled, including 40 students in pre- • There are 125 studen enrolled at St. Bernard Schoo Rockport, this fall, with 19 dents in the kindergarten gram and 14 first graders. Last year's enrollment was students. This includes 39 students. There are 133 students at Marian Hei dinand, this fall. There are 26 students in freshman class and 37 in sophomore class. There are kindergarten, 21 in kindergarten juniors and 41 seniors. The academy is a privati high school owned and operalt  ed by the Benedictine Sisters it and nine students in first grade. • St. James School, St. James, has 134 students enrolled, including 18 kindergarten stu- dents and 19 first graders. • St. Joseph School, Princeton, has 121 students enrolled, including 21 kindergarten stu- dents and 16 first graders. This year's enrollment includes 42 pre-kindergarten students. Last year's enrollment was 89. • Sts. Peter and Paul School, Haubstadt, has 175 students enrolled. There are 20 kinder- garten students and 22 first graders. The school also has 51 pre-kindergarten students. There are 567 students enrolled in the three Catholic elementary schools in Posey County. • St. Matthew School, Mount Vernon, has 112 students enrolled. There are 17 kinder- garten students and 11 first graders. • St. Philip School, St. Philip, has 292 students enrolled. There are 27 students in the kinder- garten program and 31 first graders. Fifty students are enrolled in the pre-kindergarten program. • St. Wendel School, St. Wen- del, has 163 students enrolled, including 16 first graders and 19 students in the kindergarten program. Ferdinand. POST JILDI Custom Made On Your Lot Thousands of References POST BUILDING PKGS. Complete pro-engineered you to build. Very Low Prices. 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