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Central Catholic Strives for Seamless Education

January 25, 2013
The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

WHEELING - The goal of a Catholic education, and the mission of Wheeling Central Catholic High School, is to educate the whole child by providing an excellent education rooted in Gospel values and seated within a Christ centered environment.

Wheeling is blessed with exceptional Catholic schools at all educational levels.

It is the goal of Central Catholic High School to be a seamless part of that continuum.

"The Northern Panhandle is blessed with a rich Catholic tradition. We are able to offer a Catholic education from Pre K (on). We have the responsibility of continuing where the parochial schools left off and preparing our students for the rigor of a college or university, hopefully within the Catholic tradition," says Central's principal, Julie Shively.

Shively is committed to working with the parochial schools through collaborating and aligning academic content and mutually participating and sharing events.

In this way, Central Catholic High School will continue to meet the needs of each student where the parochial schools left off.

To this end, Shively wants to recognize the sacrifice that Catholic families have made by raising and educating their children within the Catholic school system by offering a multi-child Catholic school discount.

Beginning with the 2013-2014 school year, families who want to continue a Catholic education at Central Catholic High School who have other children in any of the feeder parochial schools will receive a multiple child tuition discount at Central Catholic High School.

"We hope that this discount, along with our tuition assistance and scholarship opportunities, will help families make a Catholic high school education a reality. Again, this is part of my commitment to making a Catholic education a seamless process," said Shively.

In terms of preparing students for the academic rigor of Catholic colleges and universities, Central Catholic High School is currently in the process of securing funds, equipment and technology for STEM education.

A STEM education has an emphasis on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

Implementing STEM is a process that will further prepare Central Catholic High School students for the demands of the 21st century.

Central Catholic has partnered with Wheeling Jesuit University to create an engineering track for students that will take them through WJU into West Virginia University for a master's degree in engineering.

"A student can graduate from Central with their freshman year of classes completed, finish Jesuit in three years, WVU in one year, and have a master's in engineering by the time the student is 22," she said.

Central Catholic High School has a collaborative relationship with local colleges and universities.

At Central Catholic, a student has the opportunity to earn dual college credit through class offerings at Wheeling Jesuit University and West Virginia Northern Community College while attending high school.

"Jesuit offers classes to our high school students at one-third the cost a college student pays. They understand the sacrifices of Catholic families, and so do we," said Shively.

This collaboration has facilitated an easy transition for students as they continue their academic pursuits.

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