The spirit of Providence Catholic School has inspired students for 60 years. A rigorous academic curriculum prepares the all-female student body for college. A rich faith environment equips everyone -- from freshmen to seniors -- for service.
Teachers offer Saturday classes. Counselors provide one-on-one college advising and create portfolios for each student. The school offers 13 Advanced Placement courses, five dual credit classes, innovative electives and an internship class for seniors.
The results impress. Every graduating senior last spring was accepted into college. The Class of 2011 earned more than $8 million in scholarships.
"This is a dream of every counselor," says Providence academic counselor Evelyn Griess.
Griess once worked in a large public school and could not give every student individual attention. But she is able to meet with each of 56 Providence seniors and their families.
"I have time to analyze students' academic ability, drive, desire, motivation and field of study," Griess says. "But I am not a lone ranger. We have amazing, dedicated teachers. They are the key to making this all work. I take the delicious residuals and translate them into college scholarships and acceptances."
Some students arrive as freshmen, unsure about college or their ability to succeed. But before long, they receive encouragement from older students and become college motivated.
"You are in a can-do environment and it brushes off on everyone," Griess says. "It's an inbuilt support system. They talk to each other, motivate each other. It's like a wildfire and it catches on."