Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year! As I enter my seventh year serving as President of Archbishop John Carroll High School, I have never been so excited about the prospects for Carroll and its future. The role of President continues to be an honor and great gift in my life.
Archbishop John Carroll High School’s mission is “to equip saints for life in this world and the next.” For more than 50 years we have been true to our mission, and always will be. We live this mission every day through our six core values: Faith, Community, Virtue, Christian Service, Academic Excellence, Diversity, and Inclusion.
Carroll’s vision is “to be one of the finest Catholic high schools, providing the highest quality, student-centered education.” To that end, we are implementing a newly crafted five-year collaborative strategic plan to achieve our goals.
Improvements to the Carroll Campus
We have completed a number of facility upgrades that will improve the Carroll experience for our students, families, faculty, staff and visitors. Improvements to the physical plant are made possible by loyal supporters of Archbishop Carroll High School. These improvements include:
· Continued classroom renovations- new student desks, flooring, lighting and paint
· Replaced projectors, laptop and desktop computers
· Renovation of two additional restrooms
· Upgrading the faculty lunchroom and lounge
· New sound system in East Gymnasium
· Construction of boys and girls locker rooms
· Replacing fluorescent lighting with 4,000 new energy efficient LED fixtures throughout the school
· New exterior campus directional signs
· New facilities for choir, music theory, piano, band practice and theater
· Installation of fully comprehensive surveillance camera system
Project Lead the Way (PLTW)
This year we roll out the nationally renowned Project Lead the Way, brought to Carroll by our Principal, Dr. Anchen Schulz. The project is funded through our first major grant in school history through the efforts of our Director of Advancement, Nora McGeever. PLTW is a nonprofit organization that provides a transformative learning experience for both students and teachers.
· With this grant, Carroll became the very FIRST private PLTW School in the Philadelphia region and joins more than 11,500 schools across the U.S. offering PLTW programs to students
· PLTW engineering engages high school students in collaborative, real-life activities such as designing a home, programming electronic devices or robotic arms or exploring algae as a biofuel source
· Students work together to imagine and design solutions to local and global challenges, test their limits and question what’s possible. By pushing themselves to rework and refine their projects, PLTW engineering students learn that both failure and perseverance are key to learning and innovation
· Archbishop Carroll anticipates Project Lead The Way will be a key differentiator as students select a high school and an academic game-changer for Carroll’s STEM program
The Grayson School
With the addition of The Grayson School, along with our long partnered St. Katherine’s Day School, Archbishop Carroll campus becomes one of the most unique academic institutions in America, addressing a full spectrum of academic talents.
The Grayson School also gives Carroll’s faculty the opportunity to share ideas with teaching professionals who are implementing the most progressive learning techniques in education today. Additionally, in the competitive world of education, The Grayson School lease provides significant financial stability to Carroll with a key academic partner.
What a summer it’s been! As we begin our 52 nd year we are more prepared than ever to welcome our students, faculty and partner schools to our special campus.
God bless you and your continued support of Carroll, #WhereSuccessBegins.