“Instead of being just a church that welcomes and receives by keeping the doors open, let us try also to be a church that is able to step outside itself, that finds new roads…“ — Pope Francis
As alumni of Catholic School education from an earlier era, we have fond memories of diverse student populations, both in social and economic status and in ethnicity. During our student years, our diversity and our differences became assets, and the social and academic skills we developed prepared us for negotiating the world into which we graduated.
Today, San Francisco College Preparatory Schools are even better academic institutions than the high schools from which we were sent forth years ago. But the larger student bodies, the reduced numbers of priests, nuns, and religious brothers on the faculties and staffs, and the increased operational costs, have raised the tuition beyond the reach of lower and many middle-income families.
In essence, a Catholic high school education in San Francisco has become less accessible to those who traditionally have benefitted most from its prodigious opportunities. The New Roads Education Fund wants to help make the premiere educational opportunity of a Catholic High School education available for a new San Francisco generation of families who, like us, are from modest, largely working-class families.
To do so, we have established a mechanism to raise supplemental funds for qualified low-income, minority applicants to San Francisco Catholic secondary schools. We invite qualified 8th grade students from Catholic elementary schools to apply to New Roads Education Fund for supplemental financial assistance with their tuition. We welcome donors to contribute to their support.