Verbum Dei High School Has Growing Pains

As Dean of Admissions it pleases me to report that Verbum Dei High School is growing! We are in our twelfth year after joining the Cristo Rey Network. There are twenty-six Cristo Rey schools in 17 states and the District of Columbia each of us provide a quality, Catholic, college preparatory education to 8,000 young people who live in urban communities with limited educational options. Verbum Dei is the only school within the network that exclusively provides an educational experience to High School aged boys. Emphatically, as many of our young men are experiencing a metamorphic, transitional change identified as puberty; the process of physical changes through which a boy’s body matures into an adult body, the Administration, Faculty and Staff members are experiencing growing pains too. We are at a place in our development as a school where our community of educators, innovators, and problem solvers are working together to expand the threshold of academic change as we know it.

Our goals have not changed, however our approach is the area where we are experiencing the most challenge. We are successful! And successfully addressing issues to promote and sustain the academic behavior of our students in a manner that leads to success while attending college and beyond. Within the past twelve years we have experienced a tremendous amount of success by achieving 100% college acceptance. Recently, we have had an increase in our student population as well as an increase in the need to remediate educational deficiencies. Over the past twelve years we took an aggressive approach to unwarranted student behavior in our classrooms and on our school campus. We are categorically pleased with the cultural transformation in the student behavior that is presented on our school campus. Now, we look forward to stimulating consistency in the academic behavior of our students.

This is what we do. Together, all of our efforts produce a platform for effecting remarkable young men displaying an unbelievable ability for breakthrough. By sharing ideas from a wide variety of sources, we convert our student’s intelligence into a capacity for a remarkable outcome. Our students are people growing into leaders capable of enduring the challenge associated with transformation and positive change. We have established a community of young men that are making a real impact in the world. We invite you to join us in our growth!

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