More Maine parents opt to send children to private school amid pandemic

Maine’s private schools said they are seeing an increase in enrollment amid the coronavirus pandemic.Most have announced a return to in-person learning in the fall.With 360 students, North Yarmouth Academy felt its 7-1 student and classroom spacing satisfied the guidelines to have students return to school five days a week.“As we were looking to return for the fall, that was important for families for a lot of reasons. Both for their children’s education and both for also for practical reasons to get back to work, so it’s been a really busy summer for enrollment,” NYA Head of School Ben Jackson said.NYA had to add five faculty positions to meet the student demand, which has maxed out the school’s classrooms.“There’s heavy interest in that kindergarten through that eighth grade level, and we have more applicants than we have space right now,” Jackson said.The eight Catholic schools associated with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland are also seeing a bump in enrollment after announcing a return to in-person learning.“There’s been an explosion, with our phones, with all of our catholic schools. I mean, one of our directors of enrollment at St. Dom’s said it’s been too good. She’s had trouble keeping up with the phones,” Maine Catholic School Superintendent Marianna Pelletier said.Cheverus High School is expecting a bigger freshman class and more transfers into 10th and 11th grades.A parent survey revealed that 98% are comfortable with in-person instruction, school officials said.“We feel very confident that as we instill the importance of increased hygiene, increased safe distancing, mask wearing on campus. Our students are going to respond responsibly to that,” Cheverus Director of Admissions Beth Hanley said.

Maine’s private schools said they are seeing an increase in enrollment amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Most have announced a return to in-person learning in the fall.

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With 360 students, North Yarmouth Academy felt its 7-1 student and classroom spacing satisfied the guidelines to have students return to school five days a week.

“As we were looking to return for the fall, that was important for families for a lot of reasons. Both for their children’s education and both for also for practical reasons to get back to work, so it’s been a really busy summer for enrollment,” NYA Head of School Ben Jackson said.

NYA had to add five faculty positions to meet the student demand, which has maxed out the school’s classrooms.

“There’s heavy interest in that kindergarten through that eighth grade level, and we have more applicants than we have space right now,” Jackson said.

The eight Catholic schools associated with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland are also seeing a bump in enrollment after announcing a return to in-person learning.

“There’s been an explosion, with our phones, with all of our catholic schools. I mean, one of our directors of enrollment at St. Dom’s said it’s been too good. She’s had trouble keeping up with the phones,” Maine Catholic School Superintendent Marianna Pelletier said.

Cheverus High School is expecting a bigger freshman class and more transfers into 10th and 11th grades.

A parent survey revealed that 98% are comfortable with in-person instruction, school officials said.

“We feel very confident that as we instill the importance of increased hygiene, increased safe distancing, mask wearing on campus. Our students are going to respond responsibly to that,” Cheverus Director of Admissions Beth Hanley said.