New Catholic classical school set to open in Green Bay

By Heather Sawaski, Local 5 News

Published 04/29 2014 05:08PM

Updated 04/29 2014 07:30PM

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) - There will soon be a new educational option for local families. Green Bay Area Catholic Education, or GRACE, is announcing plans to open a new school at the start of the 2015-2016 school year. Leaders said it will be anything but ordinary.

Catholic classical curriculum. Bishop David Ricken describes it as language-based education, with a focus on classic western literature, logic, math and religion. It's the foundation of the GRACE system's new K-8 grade school.

"It's kind of a growing phenomena in the country," he explained. "People are really interested in looking at how has the western world instructed young people for many, many centuries."

Tentative plans call for the school to be located in the old St. Joseph's School building on Twelfth Avenue. That school closed back in 2008.

"We will offer the same tuition levels as our other schools," Father Dane Radecki said.

Leaders said the idea was first formed by a group of parents. They conducted a survey and found significant interest, mainly from home-schooled families and current grace school attendees.

"We're really responding to a need they felt and brought to our attention," said Bishop Ricken.

Leaders said the school will begin with grades K-3, then gradually add a grade each year. They're target enrollment is between 18 and 22 students per classroom.

Similar catholic classical schools already exist in Madison, Milwaukee and La Crosse.

"It fits in very well with the catholic approach to education," added Bishop Ricken. "It kind of goes hand and glove in a way."

Leaders will hold an informational meeting for those interested in learning more about the school on Thursday, May 15th at 6:30 p.m. at the grace offices on Kellogg Street.

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