20 May 2009

The End of Gateway Academy?

I have read (so-far) uncorroborated rumors on two blogs, and received some emails, to the effect that Gateway Academy is to close.

I hesitated to post on just that much information, but apparently there could be an announcement as early as tomorrow.

This is really a shame on several levels.  There was much promise in the Legion and the school, and it all goes down with the shameful activity of the founder to whom they attached their wagon.

I don't want to turn this into a Legion post; I would instead focus on two things:

1) The need for a Catholic high school in this town that is orthodox in its catechesis, and excellent in its academics.

2) Catholicism is not just a set of doctrines to which one must give intellectual assent, but rather a way of living, worshipping and praying that informs, and is informed by, those doctrines.  Lex orandi, lex credendi.


Cato said...

"...orthodox in its catechesis and excellent in its academics"

I always thought closing McBride was a big mistake.

cmziall said...

Gateway isn't just high school. WOW, many large families I know send their children to Gateway. Now where will they go?

thetimman said...

cato, my sainted father's alma mater.

cmziall, again, still at rumor stage, but I believe this only covers the high school and not the grade school.

Maria said...

That's sad to hear. I always thought Gateway had a comparatively good reputation.

I confess I had small hopes when Barat Academy opened that it might raise the bar a bit as far as Catholic identity goes. Sadly, that is far from the case.

What we need is for the Nashville Dominicans to come staff a high school!

Anonymous said...

Gateway costs between $6700 and $9700 a year per student. The vast, vast majority of orthodox Catholic familes are immediately precluded. What apostle, saint or martyr could have gone there? It strikes me as an "Anglicization" of Catholicism. Of course the same could be said about most Catholic schools today so why bother?

Tom M. said...

I believe it is "only" the High School," not the Elementary School. Still, it is a shame and certainly leaves many student and faculty families in a quandary. I must add that there are other venues for strong, traditional Catholic education, including my alma mater, Saint Louis Priory School, which rests on a 1500-year tradition of Benedictine education and is blessed with the highest percentage of religious faculty (an amazing 25%) of any school in the area. The blogger above is correct: quality Catholic education in an independent school setting is an expensive proposition. But the best teachers, facilities and programs cost money. Still, thousands of families here in Saint Louis have, for decades now, determined that it is worth the sacrifice that their households experience in order to make this a reality. Saint Louis is, in fact, the second most competitive secondary school market in the country, due in large measure to the enormous number of options we have for good Catholic schools. I, myself, was saddened and impacted many years ago when my former school, Barat Hall, closed back in 1968...but we survived.

Ora et labora said...

Anon is right. These schools exist for two reasons: 1) so the elites can further ingrain a sense of superiority in their kids, and 2) so the founders can add even more money to their already bloated bank accounts.

They may talk a mean show about doing their part to restore conservatism and orthodoxy to the church, but at the end of the day, nothing's changed.

X said...

In response to the 23:26 poster, I've sort of come to the conclusion that traditional Catholic education, such as we had in the 40's, 50's or 60's is economically unworkable without the volunteer army of nuns that we had back then. Teachers must be paid, to pay them tuition must rise, placing an ever increasing burden on already overburdoned families. Public schools operate at a loss, most private schools charge exorbitant tuition, where does that leave Catholic education for the common man? From what I can tell the Catholic parish schools don't want children from Catholic families, they want children from nominally Catholic, i.e. Protestant families, families with two incomes and two kids, lots of disposable time and preferably a sizable inheritance in the not to distant future.

Patrick Kinsale said...

Priory is the one school one parent pointed out as a orthodox environment. Of course, it is also one of the most costly institutions around.

Many of us GA families are looking for something more affordable and without the bells and whistles that drive up the cost of education and that sometimes attract families that are not like-minded. I am appalled at those at GA who believe that, for example, were we to start a football program, all our problems would be solved.

GA would have succeeded, as a smaller school, if only it focused on the niche it was designed for and did not try to be like all the other schools.

Anonymous said...

To cut costs you have to invite Sisters back into these schools! . .