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Message from the Assistant Headmaster, 12/7/18

Dr. RashfordEarlier this week, 11 administrators and educational leaders from independent schools across the country visited Saint Louis Priory School. They were tasked with the responsibility of assessing our school with regard to the standards set forth by our accrediting body, the Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS). Their visit to our campus marked the culmination of a two-year reflective process that included a constituent survey in 2016-17 and the development of a comprehensive self-study report in 2017-18. While the visiting team’s full report will not be made available to Father Cuthbert until later in the school year, the Chair of the team presented members of our community with an executive summary of the visit and a list of major commendations and recommendations determined by the group.

The team recognized Priory for many of the same attributes that we believe enable us to realize our mission each and every day, attributes that were especially apparent on campus throughout the team’s visit and over these last few weeks. The recent alumni interview workshop organized by members of the Alumni Board and Fathers’ Club leadership team and last week’s Mothers’ Club Christmas boutique exemplify the stability and powerful sense of community inherent in a Benedictine education. The ongoing work of those involved in our Tutoria program and the generous donations made during our Junior School food drive speak to the importance of developing and nurturing a spirit of service and leadership in our young men. The breadth of our curricular offerings and the ongoing accomplishments of many of our students continue to demonstrate our commitment to academic excellence. And the very real acts of hospitality demonstrated by the entire Priory community, not only to members of the ISACS visiting team but also in the interactions observed between faculty and students in and out of the classroom, affirm our school’s dedication to fostering a love of Christ and neighbor. 

I want to personally thank everyone who was involved in planning for and participating in this important stage in the process. The success of the visit would not have been possible without our faculty and staff who met with team members throughout and opened their classrooms to periodic observations. We are grateful to the students, parents, alumni and board members who equally welcomed the visiting team to Priory and provided important feedback and points for consideration in numerous committee meetings. And a special note of thanks to Dr. Rebecca Kalhorn and Father John McCusker, O.S.B. ’02, who served as the steering committee co-chairs over the last several months, and whose leadership and professional commitment to excellence were exemplified in the quality of the self-study report and the success of this week’s visit. 

In Christ,

Dr. Jared Rashford
Assistant Headmaster

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Prologue, 1

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Prologue, 1

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Prologue, 4

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Prologue, 17

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Prologue, 21

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Prologue, 22

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Prologue, 41

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Prologue, 45

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Prologue, 47

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Chapter 4, 27-28

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Chapter 4, 41

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Chapter 4, 72

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Chapter 61, 10

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Chapter 63, 17

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Chapter 66, 8

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Chapter 70, 7

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Chapter 73, 3

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