As with other private schools in the nation, Catholic schools are seeing a decline in enrollment. Hoping to reverse that trend, the Diocese of St. Petersburg is in the midst of drawing up a strategic plan for its schools in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Citrus, Hernando and Pasco counties.
The strategic plan is looking at five areas: Catholic identity, finances, leadership, reimagining and academic excellence. A draft of the plan still is being reviewed.
"The Bishop of the Diocese of St. Petersburg realized the need to look at a new way of Catholic education in the diocese," wrote superintendent Alberto Vazquez-Matos in an executive summary about the effort.
In 2010, the diocese hired Vazquez-Matos — the youngest superintendent ever — to help boost enrollment, reach out to Hispanic students and strengthen the overall system.
He launched an initiative to study enrollment and demographic trends of students in the diocese's schools and proposed drawing up a five-year strategic plan to either revamp or replace the diocese's parochial schools model.
"There is a need to vitalize and strengthen our schools throughout the diocese, as well as to make sure there is accessibility to Catholic education in every area of the diocese," Vazquez-Matos wrote in his summary. "Catholic education has been challenged over the years. … Overcoming these challenges calls for transformational and entrepreneurial thinking."
Blessed Sacrament Catholic School
11501 66th Ave. N, Seminole; K-8; phone: (727) 391-4060; bsschool.org
Clearwater Central Catholic High School
2750 Haines Bayshore Road; 9-12; phone: (727) 531-1449; ccchs.org
Espiritu Santo Catholic School
2405A Philippe Parkway, Safety Harbor; preK-8; phone: (727) 812-4650; escschool.org
Guardian Angels Catholic School
2270 Evans Road, Clearwater; K-8; phone: (727) 799-6724; gacsfl.com
Holy Family Catholic School
250 78th Ave. NE, St. Petersburg; ECC2,3,4(VPK)-8; phone: (727) 526-8194; holyfamily-school.com
morning star catholic School
4661 80th Ave. N, Pinellas Park; Special Education; phone: (727) 544-6036; morningstarschool.org
Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School
730 San Salvador Drive, Dunedin; preK-8; phone: (727) 733-3776; myoll.com
Sacred Heart Interparochial School
7951 46th Way N, Pinellas Park;
preK-8; phone: (727) 544-1106; shsaints.org
St. Cecelia Interparochial School
1350 Court St., Clearwater; preK-8; phone: (727) 461-1200; st-cecelia.org
St. John Vianney Catholic School
500 84th Ave., St. Pete Beach;
preK-8; phone: (727) 360-1113; sjvcs.org
St. Jude Cathedral School
600 58th St. N, St. Petersburg; early childhood 3 and 4, K-8; phone: (727) 347-8622; cathedralofstjude.org/school-home
St. Patrick Catholic School
1501 Trotter Road, Largo; preK-8; phone: (727) 581-4865;
St. Paul Catholic School
1900 12th St. N, St. Petersburg;
preK-8; phone: (727) 823-6144; stpaulstpete.com
St. Petersburg Catholic High School
6333 Ninth Ave. N, St. Petersburg;
9-12; phone: (727) 344-4065; spchs.org
St. Raphael Catholic School
1376 Snell Isle Blvd. NE; preK-8; phone: (727) 821-9663; straphael