Academic excellence, community service are hallmarks of Casper private school
Students at St. Anthony Tri-Parish School in Casper may come from different faith, cultural, and economic backgrounds, but they form a community that studies, prays, and volunteers together, all while exceeding state standards for academic performance.
“We are dedicated to achieving academic excellence in a faith-filled community, living a life committed to Christian service,” explains Cyndy Novotny, principal at St. Anthony Tri-Parish School. “Through our faith-based model of education, we strive to develop outstanding young leaders who have a strong moral foundation and a commitment to serving others in need.”
Each of the 245 students at the school take part in service projects that include collecting canned goods for the Holy Cross Food Bank, staging a Winter Festival to support homeless families in Natrona County, preparing hygiene packs for the Casper Rescue Mission, or simply helping fellow students with homework or other needs at the school.
The school is an innovative collaboration between the three Catholic parishes in Casper: Our Lady of Fatima, St. Anthony, and St. Patrick. Each parish provides volunteers and financial support to ensure that local families seeking a faith-based educational model for their children have access to the program, regardless of their ability to pay.
“ACE Scholarships is having a tremendous impact on families and on our school,” explains Novotny. “The program provides vital tuition assistance to students from families in serious financial need, which allows us to leverage other scholarship funding to help students from families that may not be defined as low income, but who otherwise would struggle to pay tuition.”
St. Anthony Tri-Parish School has open seats in each of its grade levels and ACE Scholarships offers a way for the school to fill the seats with students who are struggling in local public schools.
“Wyoming is fortunate to have a strong public school system, but many students do not fit the one-size-fits-all model,” explains Novotny. “While ACE Scholarships only cover a portion of the tuition, it makes moral and financial sense to fill a seat with a student who will benefit from the program.”
There are no Catholic high schools in Wyoming so graduates of the Pre-K to 8th Grade program matriculate into local public schools. Staff at St. Anthony Tri-Parish School stay in contact with the students to provide ongoing support and track their progress.
“Many of our students enroll in the International Baccalaureate programs at our local public high school, and many of them are on the honor roll at their school,” she explained. “People in Wyoming have a strong sense of community, and our school is highly-regarded by public educators and community leaders who value the choice we offer students who might not otherwise succeed in school.”
For more information on St. Anthony Tri-Parish School, visit www.StAnthonyTriParishSchool.com