Archbishop Williams High School will soon be adding a 7th and 8th grade, transforming it to a 7-12 college preparatory high school.
With the addition of the 7th and 8th grade, Archbishop Williams, which has served the surrounding communities for more than 60 years, will provide the first and only co-educational Catholic 7-12 high school in the area. AWHS will open the program in the fall of 2014.
School President Dennis M. Duggan Jr., said he is excited about this new opportunity for students.
“Our mission of educating young men and women spiritually, academically, morally and physically guides us every day. We look forward to expanding our mission to include boys and girls at this most crucial, turning point time in their lives,” said Duggan.
“Our dedicated faculty, campus ministers, administrators, coaches and staff are excited about helping our new students develop and grow in this most challenging time for young people. We are confident that our environment of respect, trust, support and learning will allow our students to reach their potential in school, college and life.”
Like the students in grades 9-12, all 7th and 8th graders will study a rigorous curriculum and will have access to high school level courses and technology, including iPads, SMART Boards and Apple TV, as well as the school’s science labs, auditorium and gymnasium. Co-curricular offerings including drama and chorus will be available, and 7th and 8th graders will be eligible to participate in the school’s interscholastic athletic program at the appropriate level.
“Welcoming students to AWHS in the 7th and 8th grade will let us prepare them for the PSATs and SATs two years earlier and prime them for the important transition to our high school curriculum,” said Dr. Carmen Mariano, the school’s principal.
“We will offer six years of writing across the curriculum, expose our 7th and 8th graders to high school courses before they enter high school and to collegiate courses (through our dual enrollment program) before they enter college. Academic rigor, consistency, and preparation are alive and well at AWHS. Expanding our grades will plant those seeds deeply into the soil of our future,” Mariano said.