Letters: Young St. Martin school offered quality education

Posted: March 07, 2011

The article "7 Catholic schools to close this year" quotes archdiocese spokesman Kenneth Gavin as saying, ". . . the quality of the children's education has to come first, and when you have eight kids in an eighth grade class, as you do at St. Martin, for example, it becomes impossible."

Please check your facts. St. Martin is only 10 years old, with only five graduating classes. We have had two Neumann scholars, one in 2009 from a class of six, one in 2010 from a class of 11.

St. Martin has consistently scored above the national percentile in Terra Nova Testing, putting us in the top 10 of the elementary schools in Bucks County. Our graduates have continued their education, some with scholarships, in places such as Mount St. Joseph's, LaSalle, Holy Ghost, Villa Joseph Marie, Notre Dame in Lawrenceville, Pennington, Villa Victoria, and Gwynedd Mercy.

We have had student finalists in archdiocesan math contests and two of our graduates now are editors-in-chief of their high school newspapers.

I know the outcome will remain the same, but when our academics and the quality of the education is maligned, in good conscience, I must speak out.

Patricia Seaver

Eighth Grade Teacher, St. Martin of Tours School

New Hope

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