In the past several years Meitler has seen a rise in the number of requests for us to lead new school feasibility studies. Geographically, we have partnered with diocesan, parish and lay leaders across the country in Texas, California, Michigan, Idaho, Nebraska, Louisiana, Indiana, Minnesota, Illinois, North Carolina, Florida, New Jersey, Kansas, Missouri and West Virginia.
In the Diocese of Austin, feasibility studies led to the opening of Santa Cruz Catholic School in Buda (2007and St. Dominic Savio High School (2009). In the Diocese of Boise, St. Ignatius Catholic School opened in 2017, has 452 students for 2018-19 and a capacity of 490. In the Diocese of Grand Rapids, a new elementary school, St. Robert Catholic School, opened in the 2018-19 school year with a PK-Kindergarten program and will add a grade each year to become a full elementary school. Also in 2018-19, St. Jeanne de Lestonnac High School opened its doors to 9th grade in Temecula, California. Meitler partnered with the Archdiocese of New Orleans to study the potential for sustaining a special education school, Holy Rosary School. This study led to the opening of St. Therese Academy dedicated solely to serving students with exceptional needs.
Other feasibility studies include an elementary school in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles (Simi Valley), a high school in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, two elementary school studies in the Diocese of Austin (Leander and East Austin), a Catholic middle/high school program in Beeville, Texas, and a new early childhood education center at the Church of the Ascension in North Minneapolis.
At the present time, new school feasibility studies are being conducted in Corpus Christi, Texas (elementary school – Diocese of Corpus Christi), Galesburg, Illinois (high school – Diocese of Peoria), Houston, Texas (high school – Diocese of The Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter), Morgantown, West Virginia (private high school), Durham/Chapel Hill, North Carolina (high school – Diocese of Raleigh), and Fayetteville, North Carolina (high school – Diocese of Raleigh), Meitler will continue two additional feasibility studies with the Diocese of Raleigh in Wilmington and in the Jacksonville/New Bern/Havelock area.
In a time when we continue to hear about Catholic school consolidations, mergers and closures, the vision and passion for Catholic school education continues to thrive through new possibilities.