A New Catholic “STREAM” School to Be Formed on the East Shoreline for the 2018–2019 Academic Year
HARTFORD, Conn. – (Jan. 25, 2018) School pastors from Our Lady of Mercy School (OLMS), 149 Neck Road, Madison, and St. Mary School (SMS), 62 Cedar St., Branford, have decided to form an advanced STREAM school called, East Shoreline Catholic Academy (ESCA). The academy will open in the 2018–2019 academic school year and be housed in the current location of St. Mary School.
The decision came after Fr. Daniel McLearen of St. Margaret Parish in Madison, Fr. Stephen Sledesky of St. George Parish in Guilford, and Fr. Daniel Keefe of St. John Bosco Parish in Branford in consult with the Office of Education, Evangelization and Catechesis (OEEC) addressed ways to make Catholic education stronger and more viable on the East Shoreline. St. Margaret and St. George Parishes operate OLM School, while St. John Bosco Parish assumes the same responsibility at SMS.
The Academy will employ the STREAM (Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Arts and Math) curriculum endorsed by the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA). This approach to education is designed to enhance teaching of subject areas such as mathematics and science by incorporating technology and engineering into the traditional curriculum and creating an interdisciplinary experience for students.
The formation of ESCA is not considered a merger, because the school entities of OLMS and SMS will cease to exist and a new corporation, East Shoreline Catholic Academy (ESCA), will be formed. ESCA, however, will continue to be operated by the same three parishes.
Currently, there are 140 students attending OLMS and 106 students at SMS. The hope is that all students will transition to the STREAM Academy next year. After a set period of enrollment for current school families, spaces for additional students may become available for interested families.
All teachers hired at the new school will be trained in the STREAM methodology. It is important to note that the new school will be an authentic Catholic school, which teaches the faith and helps students grow in their relationship with God.
“This marks a new and exciting chapter for Catholic education on the East Shoreline. Students will engage in a progressive curriculum, which will integrate mathematics, science and technology into their daily course work, while maintaining their faith-filled foundation,” said Provost for Education, Evangelization and Catechesis for the Archdiocese of Hartford, Sr. Mary Grace Walsh, ASCJ, Ph.D.
Current OLM Principal Cheryl Panzo has been named the principal at ESCA. Sr. Annette D’Antonio, the principal at SMS, has accepted the position of assistant principal.
In December, parish administrators in Waterbury announced the formation of Catholic Academy of Waterbury: A STREAM Model & Heritage School of St. Mary & Blessed Sacrament Schools. It will open in the 2018–2019 academic year as well.