All Saints Catholic Academy opens this fall

Published: Aug. 6, 2019 at 7:41 PM CDT
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The start of the school year is right around the corner and teachers at All Saints Catholic Academy are adding the final touches to their classrooms.

" I am excited to get all the students here to start learning," said Melissa Wedwick, All Saints Catholic Academy.

All Saints Catholic Academy will open its doors for the first time this school year Wedwick is in the process of setting up her science classroom.

"I mean unpacking stuff takes a lot but just excited to get started," Wedwick said.

All Saints consolidates four Catholics schools: St. Bernadette, St. Edward, St. James and St. Peter, where Wedwick taught last year.

"It will be nice to have a community atmosphere where everybody can come together and work together and meet new people and make a lot more friends," Wedwick said.

At St. Peter Wedwick says sometimes her classes were as small as ten students. But at All Saints, she will have class sizes closer to 30.

"I do a lot of group work so I need a lot of different students," Wedwick said.

"Our enrollment is at 301 as of Tuesday and that exceeds our expectations by about 20%,” said Jim Burns, All Saints Catholic Academy.

For students who live on the south end of town, All Saints will provide transportation options.

"We are working with catholic charities to provide a bus that will transport the students to and from All Saints Catholic Academy for and there will be a nominal fee for that," Burns said.

All Saints will start classes on August 28th, But Burns says students can still sign up.

"Everyone is excited about this school, parents are excited, I know there is a lot of support from the eight parishes and it's been great," Burns said.

All Saints will be located at the former St. James School, St. Bernadette and St. Edward will be used for religious education programs and the Cathedral of St. Peter will be used by the Diocese of Rockford.