Mount Royal Academy North announces plans to open Catholic school in LancasterBy JOHN KOZIOL
Union Leader Correspondent
January 01. 2018 9:07PM
LANCASTER — What would be the only Catholic school north of the Lakes Region is taking shape here with plans to open next September.
To be known as Mount Royal Academy North, the school will be a sister school of Sunapee-based Mount Royal Academy.
Mount Royal Academy North might be kindergarten to 4th grade, or pre-kindergarten to 4th grade depending on enrollment, said Jill Colby, its director,
In 1994, Mount Royal Academy opened as an independent Catholic K-8 school and grew to include a preschool and a college-preparatory high school. It is the first lay-founded school to be recognized by the Diocese of Manchester as a Catholic school.
Colby, who resides in nearby Lunenberg, Vt. but is a Lancaster native, said Mount Royal Academy North hopes to achieve that same recognition, but acknowledged Thursday that the recognition will be a gradual, multi-year process.
For the short-term, Mount Royal Academy North will have temporary classrooms at a site in town for which an agreement is close, but has yet to be finalized, said Colby.
Also to be determined are class sizes and teacher-to-student ratios, both of which will become clearer as students enroll and as their parents let Colby and her staff know what they specifically want to see in the school. Colby, who is a certified K-8 teacher, said she wants both class size and the student-teacher ratio to be small.
Colby urged interested parents to attend an information night at All Saint’s Church in Lancaster at 6 p.m. on January 9. The academy also has information available on its website at www.mountroyalnorth.com.
In announcing the incorporation of Mount Royal Academy North on Monday, Derek Tremblay, headmaster of Mount Royal Academy, said the similarities between his school and the sister school “illustrate our common mission: parents and community members authentically thirsting for a dynamic Catholic education came together to discern God’s plan.”
The Foundation for Catholic Education is a partner with Mount Royal Academy North, and it will support the school “by providing their facilities and other capital needs so that the faculty and staff can devote all of their time to the formation of the children in their care,” said Victor Prieto, the foundation’s chairman, in a prepared statement.