Blessed Sacrament Parish School Update for June 2018
Reopening as St. Katharine Drexel Academy in August 2018
Class of 2018 Baccalaureate & Awarding of Diplomas June 6
By Anne Egan, Principal
Blessed Sacrament Parish School makes history on June 6, 2018. After providing excellence in Catholic education for 70 years in the College Area Neighborhood of San Diego, CA, Blessed Sacrament School will graduate its last namesake class.
The school is merging with Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, located two miles west, to reopen on August 22, 2018 as St. Katharine Drexel Academy. The new school will specialize in providing students in Transitional Kindergarten – Grade 8 with 21st century personalized instruction supported by technology that’s integrated within a blended learning, small class size Catholic learning environment. SKDA teachers will be supported by a multi-year training partnership with Loyola Marymount University iDEAL Institute, specializing in blended learning methodology and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). SKDA will prepare all learners for academic and social leadership success in high school and beyond.
Blessed Sacrament Elementary School, located at 4551 56th Street, opened in September, 1947, staffed by the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. For 70 years, the landmark school provided an excellent Catholic education to generations of El Cerrito – College Area – Rolando residents, many of whom continue to lead successful lives all over the world. Notable Blessed Sacrament graduates include NBA basketball player Bill Walton, PGA golfer Phil Mickelson, and thousands of successful entrepreneurs and professionals in law, medicine, education and business. Blessed Sacrament Class of 1964 graduate, Joe Kloberdanz serves as the Chairman of the St. Katharine Drexel Academy Advisory Board.
The last day of classes for grades TK-7 is June 8. The month of June is busy with class trips, school luau, and the final BSPS school mass, immediately following the 2018 Awards Ceremony on June 8. Parishioners and alumni are invited to attend our final school mass on June 8 at 11:00, Blessed Sacrament Church.
BSPS alumni, College Area residents and prospective SKDA families are invited to visit the school website www.skda-sd.org for updates, summer office hours, and enrollment information. Summer tours of St. Katharine Drexel Academy will be given each Tuesday and Thursday at 10:00 and 12:00 without appointment, starting June 26 – August 2. School begins August 22.
Alumni are invited to join / update your BSPS or OLSH Alumni Association contact list at www.skdasd.org to keep current with friends and former staff. Tell us where you are and what you are doing. Keep up with progress about the new school. We wish everyone a safe and joyful summer.