Lourdes' Golden Year
Lourdes' Golden Year

Our Lady of Lourdes has the largest enrollment of area Catholic and private schools with a total of 391 students in preschool through eighth grade.

Principal Tammi Rohman said enrollment is up about 20 students from last year with 10 new students in both the prekindergarten program and the grade school, located in Washington.

“The beginning of school went very well and we are all settling into our routines,” said Rohman. “It is nice to have the children back in the school.”

Classes at OLL started Thursday, Aug. 16. The preschool program got underway Monday, Aug. 20.

St. Francis Borgia 

Across town, enrollment at St. Francis Borgia Grade School stands at 227 students.

“We have 32 new students in preschool through eighth grade,” said Principal Linda Pahl. We have had an amazing opening to the school year.”

Classes at Borgia also got underway Aug. 16.

“We opened the school year by celebrating Mass in the gym on the new floor and bleachers,” said Pahl.

St. Ignatius

At St. Ignatius School in Marthasville, a total of 48 students are enrolled in prekindergarten through eighth grade.

Last year, the school served 42 students.

“On the first day of school we had some firefighter dads out in front of the school with ‘Slow Down — Schools in Session’ signs,” said Principal Lesa Leopold. “There was a fire truck with lights flashing too.”

St. Vincent

St. Vincent School Principal Mark Spann said the school is off to a “groovy start.”

“We are serving grades kindergarten through eighth, as well as a preschool program, with an academic curriculum and a full-time certified lead teacher,” he said. “Our enrollment in grades K-8 is at 73 students, down a bit from last year.”

Spann said the school, located in Dutzow, is continuing to work to enhance its academic programs and add extracurricular activities such as an archery club, the Read, Right, Run program, and a book club.

“This year we also will have a Mad Science after-school program in October and early November for students,” he added. “It is going to be a great year.”

St. John Gildehaus

There has been a “slow and steady increase” in students attending St. John Gildehaus in Villa Ridge over the last five years, according to Principal Gary Menke.

Currently, 164 students are enrolled in prekindergarten through eighth grade. That’s up from about 143 students in 2014-15 and 156 students last year.

“Typically our pre-K enrollment is about 30 students,” he said.

Immanuel Lutheran

Immanuel Lutheran School in Washington began the school year Aug. 15 with nearly the same enrollment from last year — 186 students in preschool through eighth grade.

“We had a great turnout for our back-to-school night, where parents got to hear about some exciting items that we’re working on this year,” said Principal Nick Hopfensperger.

“Included in this discussion was our reaccreditation process that will take place this year,” he said, “allowing us to be continually accredited by the National Lutheran School Accreditation, as well as by the Missouri Non-Public School Accreditation.”

St. Gertrude

The new year at St. Gertrude School also started with a new principal — Dwight Elmore.

The school reported 198 students in preschool through eighth grade. Of those, 139 are in the K-8 classes, which began Aug. 16.

“Everything is going really smooth so far and started great,” said Tina VanBooven, administrative assistant.

Crosspoint 

Enrollment at Crosspoint Christian School in Villa Ridge is down this year.

Becky Laschke, secretary, said the school currently has 135 students in preschool through high school — down about 20 students from last year.

Crosspoint students started school Aug. 14. Laschke said the year has started off on a good note so far.