Catholic Schools of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles are beginning the 2019-2020 school year with innovative programs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), a new high school in Burbank, key renovations and a new superintendent.

Paul M. Escala, new Superintendent of Catholic Schools, will oversee the more than 200 elementary and high schools spanning the tri-county Archdiocese of Los Angeles serving more than 78,000 students in Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties.

“As we prepare for the new school year, I am delighted to share the good news about our new Superintendent of Catholic Schools, Paul Escala,” said Archbishop José H. Gomez. “Mr. Escala shares my strong commitment to academic excellence and educating our young people to know and love and follow Jesus Christ. He also shares my deep desire to make Catholic education available to every Catholic child, especially those in our highest need communities.”

Many students are welcoming the new school year with renovated spaces. Sacred Heart High School in Lincoln Heights boasts a new gymnasium, Our Lady of Loretto High School in Pico-Union is inaugurating a beach volleyball court, the first of its kind in the Archdiocese, and an overall renovation at Holy Spirit STEM Academy in Los Angeles was just completed.

After a year in the making, the STEM Network initiative will launch with three inner-city elementary schools: Holy Spirt STEM AcademySt. Turibius School and Divine Saviour School. The STEM Network is an all-encompassing learning ecosystem involving the network schools, community partnerships, and intentional parent engagement. Each year, the Network will onboard a new group of three schools; creating an ever-expanding network of Catholic elementary schools dedicated to teaching and learning using the STEM approach.

Full story at LA Archdiocese Newsroom.