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St. Paul Catholic School nurturing faith, learning

4/4/2013 - South Side Leader
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By Maria Lindsay

Students at St. Paul Catholic School are shown enjoying an activity last month.
Photo courtesy of St. Paul Catholic School
SOUTH AKRON — St. Paul Catholic School, located at 1580 Brown St., offers a Catholic education to students in prekindergarten through eighth grade, according to school Principal Robert Brodbeck.

The curriculum at St. Paul’s includes the core subjects of religion, reading, math, social studies, science and language arts, as well as Spanish, physical education, computer technology, music and art.

Technology such as SMART boards and Wi-Fi is used to enhance teaching and learning, and students take “nationally normed tests” to gauge teaching effectiveness and monitor learning, said Brodbeck.

Classroom learning is enhanced and enriched with extracurricular activities and after-school learning opportunities such as Student Council; Science Fair; sports such as football, basketball, volleyball, soccer and track; and arts including cantering, handbell and singing choirs, and drama club; as well as Boy and Girl Scout programs.

St. Paul also has an after-school care program until 6 p.m. and a daily hot lunch program.

“We also offer a sacramental program, weekly Mass and prayer services, and opportunities for community service,” said Brodbeck. “And we have a vibrant parent-teacher organization and a parent booster club for sports.”

Brodbeck said what sets the school apart is how family oriented the school is and the importance of its Catholic identity.

“We are well known for cultivating a positive Catholic identity, developing the whole person and providing learning in a safe and loving atmosphere of care and concern,” said Brodbeck. “What is central to the school is the Gospel message of Jesus and providing excellence in education.”

Brodbeck added that the school motto, “Live the love of God and the love of neighbor while challenging each person to reach spiritual, academic and social potential,” defines St. Paul.

“We try to live that mission each day,” said Brodbeck. “By recognizing and nurturing each child’s God-given talents and strengths, we are ‘Educating in the light of Christ.’”

Currently, St. Paul School, founded in 1926, has 183 students and draws from about 12 area school districts, according to school officials.

Prospective parents and students are invited to tour the school. To make an appointment for a tour, call 330-724-1253. For more information, visit www.saintpaulakron.org.


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