May 01, 2012
St. Peter Claver Latin School is success story in the making
By Joe Lanzillotta, Board President
Is it possible to improve individual lives and change entire neighborhoods at the same time?
St. Peter Claver Latin School for Boys in Over-the-Rhine has been doing just that for eleven years! Its founder, Father Al Lauer, after working in this area of Cincinnati for several years, thought the best way to accomplish his mission would be to focus on boys from six to fourteen years old. This training, hopefully, would not only change the direction of their own lives, but through their example and leadership would have a positive impact on those who would follow in their path. As Board President, I am pleased to report that we are witnessing Father Al’s vision become a reality.
Twenty-four young men are currently enrolled in this independent, non-profit, tuition-assisted, Catholic school. By experiencing the school’s rigorous curriculum and strict discipline, these K-8 students, many from disadvantaged backgrounds, are succeeding. Graduates have already gone on to have academic success at several area high schools which include the following: Walnut Hills, Western Hills, Batavia, the School for Creative and Performing Arts, Woodward Technical School, Horizon Science Academy, and DePaul Cristo Rey High School.
Roger’s story is not an atypical one. Having come from a difficult family situation and a less-than-stellar first two years of school, Roger was already at a critical crossroads in his young life when he entered St. Peter Claver School. With strong support from his teachers and tutors, Roger began to succeed in his school work, even overcoming a huge obstacle - his inability to read as he entered the third grade. After graduating from St. Peter Claver, he attended Woodward Career Technical High School, and is just one of our success stories in the making.
As with any undertaking with a proven track record, St. Peter Claver School would like to expand. Our goals are two-fold: to increase student enrollment to forty-five students in the near future; and to eventually reach out to one hundred and fifty students. Both of these goals will enable us to not only focus on students in the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood, but also to continue to spread our outreach to other areas of Cincinnati.
Since we are a tuition-assisted school, the generosity of our benefactors is paramount to our continued success and growth. If you would like to help us by volunteering or through a donation, check us out through our website at stpeterclaverlatin.org or by giving Headmaster Barry Williams a call at 513.929.9164. Also, if you know of any young men who would benefit from this type of schooling, please contact us. Your support would be appreciated; together we will be able to create a continuous flow of success stories in the making.