In An Island of Opportunity, Senior Education Policy Analyst Ross Izard profiles St. Rose of Lima Catholic Academy. St. Rose is a private, PK-8 Catholic school that predominantly serves low-income Hispanic children. Most children who attend St. Rose come from migrant backgrounds.
An integral part of the surrounding neighborhood for more than half a century, St. Rose is deeply and powerfully connected with its community. Through good times and bad, the school’s leaders and teachers have sought to provide hope and opportunity to students who might otherwise face dim prospects. Principal Elias Moo, a product of an immigrant family not unlike those who attend St. Rose, believes that “The same thing possible for a son of immigrants in Oxnard, California, should be possible for the children of immigrants in Denver, Colorado.”
St. Rose’s expeditionary learning model, focus on relationships with its families and community, and commitment to serving a challenging population of students make it a unique part of Colorado’s private school landscape. Don’t miss this inspiring story about the power of educational choice to change lives.