Enrollment is up at a few private schools in Wichita Falls. Notre Dame has 40 new students this year, and Christ Academy has 65. Both schools said their efforts in reaching out to families are paying off.
School is back in session for Notre Dame Catholic Private School. Faculty and staff said nothing but positive energy is filling the halls and classrooms.
Courtney Cluley, Director Of Enrollment Management, said, "Mr. Jones, our new principal is really focused on improving moral around here. That means helping more students and families who really need it."
Cluley said more families are choosing a private education. "I think the main reason why students are coming here is because we are a family."
Family is not only what sets Notre Dame apart from others, it's also their small classroom sizes. Also, Notre Dame just received a grant for $100,000 to improve technology.
Christ Academy is also seeing an increase in enrollment. Jerry Meadows, Chief Education Officer, said, "I think people are beginning to see what we do here at Christ Academy. We are more focused on the future and we are looking at new innovation, rather than traditional concepts."
Meadows said what sets Christ Academy apart from others is their focus on competencies, rather than content in the classrooms. Students are very hands-on and are taught to juggle time and study.
Newschannel 6 reached out to Wichita Falls ISD to see what enrollment numbers are like. School officials said they are expecting about the same number of kids as last year.