School: Louisville High School
Type: All Girls High School
# of Students: 430
Principal Kathleen Vercillo
Two aspects that make our school a special place: Louisville — a Catholic high school for young women — has something to offer its students that is unparalleled and rare. In today’s fast-paced world with its conflicting values, Louisville provides an environment of learning and growing in an ALL-GIRLS SETTING, preparing its students for life’s opportunities and challenges while allowing them to focus completely on themselves while at school. They learn to recognize and develop their strengths in a place where it is safe, and where they are encouraged the risk of trying new things. At the very heart of Louisville are students, faculty, families and alumnae who support and firmly believe in an educational experience that stresses personal growth and achievement within a stimulating learning environment. As today’s technology influences and changes the face of education, Louisville has infused technology into the curriculum in ways that are appropriate and beneficial TO GIRLS. The program builds upon the advantages Louisville offers as a single-sex environment and the benefits technology provides for girls as highlighted recently by the Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA. Confidence with technology motivates girls to select STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) courses, majors and careers. All students are issued a laptop upon entrance, allowing them ubiquitous access to software, online resources and their own schoolwork. Interactive whiteboards and 3D mapping software develop girls’ visual learning and spatial skills, and project-based learning supports girls’ strong communication skills. We have achieved this level of technology integration with minimum financial impact to our families.
How will this cash grant directly benefit the students at your school? As an affiliate of the Online School for Girls, Louisville has expanded its curricular offerings to support specialized AP, modern language, music and STEM courses while providing girls with a first-rate and mission-appropriate experience with online learning. As Louisville strives to increase the number of girls who take advantage of these courses, it has incurred the expense of their online tuition. Louisville maintains tuition levels that are less than half of some competing private schools, and serves students who are unable to pay supplemental tuition for online courses. We currently support five students as they take AP courses online, but we expect the interest to double next year. In these difficult economic times, a grant will help us pay for the cost online learning without impacting tuition levels. More students will be able to experience quality online courses that directly impact their choices of college majors and careers.
What are the biggest challenges in running your school, and how will you overcome them? The biggest challenge in running the school is to ensure that constituencies and resources are committed to the long-term health and vitality of the school, and that the school anticipates and manages change, rather than simply react to external situations and circumstances. These challenges will be overcome by investing time and resources during the 2012-2013 school year in an effective Strategic long-range plan which will ensure the continued growth of the school.
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