Two weeks after the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles announced it would extend the academic calendar of its 210 elementary schools by 20 days, administrators at local parochial schools said they are assessing how and when to implement the change.
“We are brainstorming what is going to work best for our kids,” said Susan Romero, principal at St. James Elementary and Holy Redeemer Middle School, a joint school with split sites in La Crescenta and Montrose, respectively. “The faculty is excited about it. The majority of our parents are receptive.”
A longer school year would help boost student performance, preparing young people to compete in a technology-driven, global society, Kevin Baxter, archdiocesan superintendent of elementary schools, said this week.
The archdiocese has described the change as a recommendation. But 70% of Catholic schools will have an extended calendar starting in 2011-12, and the goal is to have all the schools move to an extended calendar by the 2012-13 school year, Baxter said.