|January 23, 2017 • VOL. 55, NO. 2 • Oakland, CA|
Catholic Schools Week
Majority of St. Elizabeth transfers
accept offers at Catholic high schools
There were busy days at St. Elizabeth High School after the Sept. 9 announcement that the Fruitvale District landmark for the past 95 years would transition into the Diocese of Oakland's first Cristo Rey high school in fall 2018.
Principals and presidents of the eight additional high schools in the diocese checked their projected enrollments and found how many students they would be able to invite to their campuses, some including 20 miles away.
A transition plan was made available to students and their families. At the Sept. 9 announcement, families were told that if students met some conditions, families would pay tuition no greater than what they were paying at St. Elizabeth.
To qualify for the transition admission process, tuition payments had to be up to date as of Nov. 15, 2016, with no pending debts; students needed a minimum GPA of 2.5 with no grades lower than a C; no more than 10 late arrivals to class per semester and no unexcused absences; no suspensions or Saturday school; and fewer than two behavioral referrals from classroom teachers.
Students submitted applications, making two choices. Principals met for a session to look over transcripts and hear from St. Elizabeth administrators JoEllen Baker and Chellsea Rivera tell them about their students. Students received their offer letters before Christmas vacation.
The majority of eligible students will be attending diocesan high schools. St. Joseph Notre Dame in Alameda is welcoming the most students, with Bishop O'Dowd in Oakland second.
The remaining high schools, which are administered by religious orders, accepted between one and 15 students. Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep in San Francisco offered admission to three students.
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