Mater Christi School plans expansion
Due to strong interest and to accommodate families on waitlists, Mater Christi School in Burlington is creating two kindergarten classes of about 12 students each, taught by veteran teachers and adding a second fourth-grade class of about 12 students each. The school will be hiring two additional teachers.
Led by President/Head of School Tim Loescher of Burlington the school is in the first year of a five-year strategic plan that was developed by a team of parents and board members to lead the school into the next decade. The strategic plan focuses on cutting-edge academics including a revamped and differentiated math curriculum, an accelerated French language program and integrated technology and continues the tradition of specific course instruction in English grammar in the middle school.
Also part of the strategic plan and intrinsic to the school’s mission is to continue to broaden the channel for tuition assistance at different income levels. Tuition- assistance guidelines were revised to offer deeper assistance to those with need. In addition, there is an initiative to actively seek partnerships within the Burlington community to identify students with potential who could benefit from the tuition assistance program.
Mater Christi School is sponsored by the Mercy Education System of the Americas, a global mission-based Catholic organization that includes among their critical concerns immigration, non-violence, racism, Earth and women. All faiths are welcome. Currently, about half of the school is Catholic, and the other half represents a spectrum of faiths and beliefs.
Mater Christi students come from Burlington, Colchester, South Burlington, Williston, Shelburne, Charlotte and other area towns.
It’s not enough anymore to learn “what” to do in life, students need to learn “how” to live their life, agreed Mary Beth and Ken Sartorelli, of Williston, whose four children attended the school. They also agree Mater Christi School teaches both as the years at the school formed their children’s character, intellectual curiosity, faith formation and success as young adults.