In the summer of 2006 a
group of parents and teachers came together and
created something wonderful.
Faced with the prospect of
losing the school they loved, and being told
“No” every time they had an idea to try and save
it, they decided to start their own independent
school. The odds were definitely against them.
It was nearly June when they decided to go for
it. Ideally, you would want a year to plan
something like this; to develop a business plan,
to study other independent schools, to put
together a staff, to recruit students, to find a
location and fill it with the materials needed,
They realized though,
they could not wait. Students from four area
schools were being forced to find new homes in
September – and once they had adjusted to these
new schools they were not likely to do it all
over again the following year. So this group,
armed with little experience but boundless
passion, had to create an entirely new school in
less than 100 days.
Let there be no question
about this – the hand of God was there to guide
them each step of the way. They were able to
find a very suitable location just a stone’s
throw from the diocesan school that was closing. In doing so, they were able to rally the
neighborhood behind them. They asked the closing
schools for supplies and were once again told
no. They would witness these same supplies being
thrown into dumpsters just days after. They were
deeply hurt by what they saw, and could not
understand why; but again, the Lord provided for
them. Area public schools would come forth
with donations of desks, books, bookshelves,
computers, and so on. When spirits were tested,
they would receive random phone calls and emails
from the community encouraging them and
strengthening their resolve. They prayed for
guidance, and their prayers were answered.
Fast forward to today. Once
again the news is filled with area diocesan
schools closing. On one hand their leaders blame
the tough economic times while, at the same
time, deciding tuition must be raised yet again.
Yet here stands All Saints
Elementary of Tipperary Hill, continuing forward
with slow but steady growth. While the school
might not have two nickels to rub together, we
refuse to raise tuition to the outlandish amounts other private schools charge – fully understanding the
sacrifices parents are making to send their
children to a faith-based school. (No, we can’t
officially call ourselves a Catholic school, but
we pray just the same as they do.)
Everyone at All Saints is
very proud of their school - from the
administration, teachers, parents and students.
We are not the biggest school, nor are we
interested in becoming so. We don’t have the
sleekest marketing pieces or the glossiest
advertising or subscribe to the latest fads.
Instead we pour ourselves into our students,
with heart and soul. We recognize each one as
the special gift from God that they are. We are
proud that each and every student is known by
their first name. We rejoice in each other’s
triumphs. We pray through each other’s trials.
We stand as a testament to what can be
accomplished through hard work, prayer and faith
in God. Our commitment to providing an
affordable, quality education to the children of
the area remains the focus of all that we do. We
are proud to be independent. We are All Saints.