Wednesday, November 07, 2007

High School Triple Crown

Well, we have three more high school open houses under our belts. It was a crazy Sunday of dashing from St. John's College High School to the Academy of the Holy Cross to Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart. Memo to local Catholic high schools--coordinate your open houses!

Actually, it was fine. We were able to knock three schools out in a couple of hectic hours and not blow three different days on our tour. Out of the blur, a couple of observations stand out in my mind.

St. John's looks very familiar. From the campus with the rolling hills, to the red that is everywhere inside and outside the building to the ever-present ROTC kids, St. John's reminded Desi and I very much of Bishop Ahr.

Stone Ridge has a seventh floor! Stone Ridge is located on a very, very hilly piece of land. As a result, the complex of buildings meanders up and down, with lots of stairs and a couple of elevators. At the very top is the old mansion that was the original building on the property. The attic of this mansion, which is where the art classes are held, is six stories above the ground floor where you enter the school. No excuse for Stone Ridge students to be out of shape!

I want to go back to high school! There are so many things going on on these beautiful campuses, things I'd love to take advantage of, both inside and outside the classroom. Everything from lessons on Catholic catechism to opportunities to do pottery to great athletic fields and tons of instructional technology. High school for 40 year olds! We'll show them how to do it!

As things stand right now, Julie seems to have picked Visitation, Holy Cross, and St. John's as her front runners, with a Good Counsel visit still to come. Desi and I figure we'll panhandle nearby whatever school Julie chooses...



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