Summerville Catholic School provides a challenging and nurturing environment for students

Summerville Catholic School is the News 2 Cool School of the week. Educating the whole child, academically, spiritually and physically, that’s the mission at Summerville Catholic School. We’re in Summerville for our Cool School of the week.

The day begins with morning prayer at Summerville Catholic School. There are 175 students in K-3 through 8th grade. Students come from five supporting parishes in the Tri-county area. Principal Charlie Tisdale says, “I’ve been a teacher here for six years, moved to principal this year, and I’ve never worked with a more dedicated caring staff. Everyone looks out for each other. We take care of each other. The kids are fantastic. The parents are amazingly supportive. They all have to do volunteer hours. They all go way above and beyond that. It’s just such a family atmosphere. We work in the religious aspect into everything we do.”

The school offers advanced high school credit classes. They also have an extensive inclusive education program for students with special needs. Tisdale says, “We have two full time inclusion teachers, which means they help the students with special needs, Downs Syndrome. They help them so they assimilate into their regular classes.”

They are also proud of their successful athletics program, and offer numerous extracurricular activities. Teacher Megan Childers says, “I truly believe it is an ideal learning environment for students. We are able to offer smaller classes where students get the individual attention they deserve. We can offer differentiation to students who need it, and we can push the students who deserve enrichment and need to be challenged.”

Each grade is also responsible for a different community service project in which the entire school participates, including Habitat for Humanity, Ronald McDonald House, The Humane Society, and Operation Christmas Child. “We educate the whole child. Academically, our test scores are much higher. Almost every grade level is above the national average on text scores. We provide monthly service projects, so our kids get a sense of what it’s like to be in the community and serving others,” Tisdale says. Second-grade student Rosario Martinez-Landete says, “It’s fun. It’s challenging. It’s exciting and because we have an awesome principal.”

Coming up Friday on News 2, we’ll present Summerville Catholic School with our Cool School award.

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