Chesterton Academy of Wichita Falls to open in August of 2023

Published: Jun. 7, 2022 at 10:24 AM CDT
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WICHITA FALLS, Texas (KAUZ) - Chesterton Academy, a new catholic school opening in Wichita Falls in August of 2023, has raised some eyebrows after Notre Dame Catholic School closed its doors just last year.

Lauren and Jacob Morath, the co-founders of the school, had their kids enrolled in Notre Dame and after it closed, they decided to open Chesterton Academy.

Notre Dame was affiliated with the Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth, and it closed because of low enrollment and the rising cost of maintaining their older buildings. Despite this, Chesterton’s founders are confident in their school’s success.

“Being a part of the Chesterton schools network, we have monthly meetings that we attend and they really guide us through financial projections, fundraising, hiring a staff and teacher training,” Lauren said. “All of those things that will really help us to succeed.”

Their other goal is to make the school as affordable as possible so that cost isn’t a barrier for families hoping to join. While the academy isn’t affiliated with a church right now, it’s been receiving a lot of support from the Sacred Heart Catholic Church and hopes to keep reaching out to the community.

Chesterton Academy also does not have a set enrollment list yet, but the owners claim to already have a group of people who are interested in having their children attend. They believe that their school system sets them apart from other schools in Wichita Falls.

“Chesterton Academy is a classical high school in the Catholic tradition,” Lauren said. “Our classical curriculum combines a broad liberal arts education with a strong emphasis on the development of Christian virtues and an appreciation of beauty.”

A public presentation will be held on June 10 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church at 6:30 p.m. for anyone interested in learning more about Chesterton Academy.

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