Cabrini moves 7th and 8th graders to high school academy model – The News Herald

The new year has started with many positive changes at Cabrini School.

A few weeks ago, Allen Park Catholic School announced a new administration, major renovations and a $1.3 million donation from the estate of longtime parishioners Don and Dolores King.

In another startling announcement released late Friday afternoon, Reverend Timothy Birney, pastor of St. Frances Cabrini Church, shared in a letter to parishioners, faculty and school families a new academic model for seventh and eighth grades at the Cabrini School, in addition to several other changes and programs coming to the school.

Donna Sweeney, Director of School Improvement (Photo courtesy of St. Frances Cabrini Catholic School)

“In January, I shared with you the incredible news of the generosity of the King family estate, leaving Cabrini School with $1.3 million, and the creation of a new position of Principal to lead Cabrini into a new chapter,” Birney said. “One of our primary goals at Cabrini School is to always prepare our students for the next stage of their educational process. In order to best position our students academically and emotionally for the difficult transition to high school, we are delighted to announce the creation of the new Cabrini Academy for seventh and eighth graders.

Cabrini’s new school principal, Ryan John, has expressed his enthusiasm for the successful model.

“Cabrini will join several Catholic high schools in the Archdiocese of Detroit (Shrine High, Royal Oak; University of Detroit Jesuit, Detroit; Notre Dame Prep, Pontiac) who decades ago established an academy in their respective high schools and continue to have positive experiences. results for students and the school.

RJ Chidester, Director of Alumni and Student Engagement (Photo courtesy of St. Frances Cabrini Catholic School)

Birney also made several announcements regarding the school’s new administrative team, led by John as principal of the school: Donna Sweeney will move from the position of high school principal to the newly created position of director of school improvement. school, RJ Chidester will join his alma mater in the newly created position of director of alumni and student engagement, Anthony Sahadi returns to Cabrini as director of academy and high school, and Kelly Stetz will continue as director from primary school.

Closing her letter, Birney shared a final announcement, tied to the parish’s 75th anniversary.

“I am thrilled to announce that we are throwing quite a party for our current and future school families,” he said. “Be one of the first 75 new families to enroll in school at Cabrini, and you will receive a one-time $750 tuition discount for the 2022-23 school year. New families refer to all students who have already enrolled or plan to enroll in kindergarten, first grade or transfer.

Anthony Sahadi, Principal of Cabrini Academy and High School (Photo courtesy of St. Frances Cabrini Catholic School)

Cabrini parish and school officials recognize that tuition can be a barrier for many families, so they are doing their best to remedy this situation.

“Catholic schools have a reputation for being expensive and unaffordable to many, but we have worked diligently to make Cabrini School the most affordable Catholic school in the area,” John said. “We also provide nearly $100,000 in need and merit-based scholarships each year for students interested in attending Cabrini – and the $750 for 75 is another important commitment to help families afford a Catholic education in Cabrini.”

(Photo courtesy of St. Frances Cabrini Catholic School)

To learn more about the new $750 for 75 tuition credit, contact Lisa Hughes, Director of Admissions, at or by phone at 313-388-0110 Ext.1019.

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