I want to share with you the following good news I have received from Kevin and Rachael Collins:
As some of you already know, Rachael recently founded the Neumann Classical School (http://neumannschool.org) – a classical curriculum, private Catholic school in lower Westchester, NY.
We are proud to report that that our little school has come a long way since we started earlier this year.
We now have a location (St. Casimir’s Parish in Yonkers, NY), a start date (Fall 2015) and we’ve been approved by the Archdiocese to call ourselves a ‘Catholic’ school.
We will open in 2015 with Pre-K, Junior Kindergarten, Kindergarten and Grade One. We expect to add at least one grade every year.
Our aim is to provide families in the NYC area with an affordable school option that is faithfully Catholic and academically rigorous. We will offer a classical liberal arts curriculum with an emphasis on the great works of the Western canon, Latin, phonics, grammar, recitation, classical music, classical art, and tried and true methods of teaching math and science.
A second aim is to provide, through scholarships, the opportunity for promising students of poor and migrant families in the local area to attend Neumann Classical School and receive a classical education. This community is currently underserved and will play an important role in determining the health and vibrancy of the Church in years to come.
The Archdiocese has been very supportive – the Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Tim McNiff, and His Eminence, the Cardinal have been particularly encouraging. We will, however, be legally and financially independent of the Archdiocese.
Indeed, we need to raise $100,000 (in donations or pledges) before the Archdiocese will allow us to sign a lease for the building. An additional $250,000 will have to be raised before our doors open in September 2015.
Please consider donating what you can to help us raise the funds we need.
You can see our fundraising efforts so far on Go Fund Me at http://www.gofundme.com/NeumannClassicalSchool
If for some unforeseen reason we are ultimately unable to open our doors, we will refund all unused portions of donations. We’d like to note, however, that all the families involved in founding this school are not going to give up, since we all have young children and we are dedicated to providing them with a great Catholic education.
Thank you for considering this and for sharing it among friends who may be interested in enrolling their children in the school. And a big thank you to those of you who have already given!
Rachael and Kevin Collins