ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — The new All Saints Catholic Academy in Rockford opened for its first day of class Wednesday. The new school combines students from several former schools.
Principal Jim Burns said, “We are able to offer more than we could as independent, individual schools.”
Over 300 students and their families cheered as Rockford Bishop David Mallory cut the red ribbon earlier today, officially opening the new school, which is located at the site of the former St. James School, at 409 N. First Street.
All Saints Catholic Academy is made up of students from St. James, St. Edwards, St. Peters, and St. Bernadette.
Burns says the church realized “the need that we have to combine these resources, to truly offer the type of education that parents want for children today.”
The school features smaller class sizes and S.T.E.M. curriculum.
“I hope my daughter learns more on that aspect,” said mother Amy Enna.
Her daughter is starting 4th grade, and Enna says all the changes gave her some first day jitters.
“She was nervous, that she didn’t know anybody in her class, she didn’t have any friends, she wouldn’t like the teachers,” she said. “Just all the common stuff you would go through. I told her that she would see her friends during lunch and recess, and it’s an opportunity to make new friends and build new friendships.”
Burns said the transformation will be an adjustment.
“The change that took place, to get to this point, was hard for many individuals, because they had to give up their school, their traditions, and that to reach this point, the point where we’re going to start a new school with new traditions,” he said.
All Saint’s Catholic Academy’s mascot is a phoenix, to represent the new school rising from the ashes of four closed schools.
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