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L.A. Archdiocese offers summer school

June 8, 2009 8:33:01 AM PDT
Cardinal Roger Mahony has announced another option for Los Angeles Unified School District students whose summer school classes were canceled due to the budget crisis. The Archdiocese of Los Angeles is offering summer classes at local Catholic schools. "In speaking with Superintendent Cortines last week, I said that LAUSD students would be most welcome to attend school classes being offered at many of our Catholic secondary and elementary schools in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles," said Cardinal Mahony during a news conference at Our Lady of Loretta Elementary School.

School administrators say no matter the students' religious background, private Catholic schools welcome all students interested in learning. The schools also offer many of the same classes provided by the LAUSD.

"Many of the schools do integrate some of the liturgical activities, prayer services, things like that," said Pat Livingston, Superintendent of Elementary Schools at Archdiocese of Los Angeles. "But I think you would mostly find the focus on academic skills because that's what the kids need to continue through the summer."

Dozens of Catholic schools around Southern California are participating in the program.

Tuition for a five-to-six week program ranges from $100 to $350 depending on the type of program. However, Cardinal Mahony says each of the schools involved in the program will work individually with parents who require financial assistance.

More than 200,000 students will be affected by the LAUSD's decision last month to cancel summer school this year.

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