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Old 12-08-2008, 08:35 AM
 
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I need your help, we are moving to southern vermont, possibly Brattleboro area and are looking for an elementary catholic school. I am assuming there is slim pickings since I cannot find anything. I would just like advice on where to look and also what the best neighborhoods are for children, (we have 3 boys). We are not city slickers, we actually live in a rural are in upstate NY now. A lot is based on the schools as far as where we will live. Can anyone help?
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Old 12-08-2008, 09:28 AM
 
Location: Vermont
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I would suggest calling the local parish in Brattleboro. They should be able to steer you. If there is not a local catholic elementary school in Bratt, look in Keene, NH or Greenfield, MA area as they are nearby.
Good luck!
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Old 03-04-2009, 08:21 AM
 
Location: SOUTHERN VERMONT
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Check in Springfield Vermont... St. Marys Catholic School is there. (much more wonderful area too)
Shopping center, Shaws, Catholic School, McD's, Restaurants, etc...
Good Luck!
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Old 03-04-2009, 04:24 PM
 
Location: SW NH
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St.Michael's School on Walnut St in Brattleboro has daycare, Pre-K to 8th grade. All 3 of my daughters went there, oldest went 6th-8th, 2nd went 5th-8th and youngest was pre-k to 4th. At the time I enrolled them there (2000) I had been on a waiting list for 2 years.

I took my youngest out of the school at the end of the 2008 school year and transferred her to the public school in Chesterfield NH. I was planning on doing that in 6th grade anyway to transition her way into Keene High School so she would know kids from the area, plus my eldest started college this year, and I have another going to college in Fall 2009, need I say more, lol? I decided to do it a year earlier because of the upheaval that happened at St. Mikes. The long time principal retired 2 years ago and the new principal was never the "right" fit in a lot of parents' views. Enrollment dropped, programs changed, teachers were let go and there was also an issue with the priest at the time and his views/feelings on the school. I didn't make my decision to leave the school until almost the last day of school, but decided to go ahead and switch because I truly didn't know what would be happening with St. Mikes.

It is an old facility, has a small playground with equipment, they do have a library building, but no library services because there wasn't a librarian for at least the last 2 years.....kids walk to Brooks Library on Main Street and they have gym at the Gibson-Aiken center on Main Street. All the kids attend Mass on Wednesday morning. It welcomes children of all faiths so there is a small diversity within the classroom. Each family is required to sell 12 calendars @ $25 each every year for their big fundraiser and commit to 20 hrs volunteer work or pay the equivilent at the end of the year if they don't have enough hours in. They have a Winter Sports program for a fee that your child can do for 6 weeks on Mondays....some sports are skiing/boarding at Mt Snow, bowling, rock climbing, skating and other choices have been offered in the past.

So........St. Mike's now has a new, younger, enthusiastic priest, and a new principal that started this year. I do not know if enrollment has grown, but I can give you the name of a board member. Her son started the same time as my youngest and is still there. She is a very involved with the school and would certainly be able to fill you in on all the latest news of the school.

The Catholic school in Keene is St.Joseph's which is behind St.Bernard's Church on Main St.
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