LINCOLN (SNR) - Students and parents from Lincoln and surrounding areas are encouraged to discover the academic, extra-curricular, and faith formation opportunities available at Pius X High School by attending New Student Orientation Feb. 2 in Bishop Flavin Gym at 7 p.m.
Hosted by administration and students, the evening will provide important information about Pius X’s academic program, classes, registration guidelines and activities.
Pius X was named a “School of Excellence” as part of the 2014 Catholic Honor Roll sponsored by The Cardinal Newman Society. Honor Roll schools are marked by the integration of Catholic identity throughout all aspects of their programs and demonstrate excellence in academics. This places Pius X among the top 5% of all Catholic High Schools in the country. Pius X was the only Nebraska school to earn this distinction. In addition, 17 priests and religious sisters teach classes or work at Pius X, and 42 alumni have entered religious life (24 priests/brothers and 18 women religious) with 26 alumni currently in religious formation.
Pius X also maintains the most affordable tuition ($1,525 per year average, compared to $9,275) for a private secondary school in the Lincoln or Omaha area. Eight advanced placement classes are offered, and certified Pius X staff members possess an average of 17 years of teaching experience with 59% of the faculty having earned a master’s degree or equivalent.
Pius X also maintains a 99% graduation rate. In 2014, 95% of the senior class entered a post-secondary college or university after graduation.
“Our goal is to provide a rigorous curriculum that is challenging enough for those students headed toward highly selective universities, while at the same time, is accessible to the small percentage of students who will directly enter the workforce,” said principal Tom Korta. “We strive to offer high-quality preparation for all of our students, regardless of where their journeys may lead them.”
During the Feb. 2 New Student Orientation, current student organizations and athletic teams will host booths to provide prospective students with a closer look at the school’s athletic, social and extra-curricular activities. Pius X offers 19 varsity sports and more than 25 clubs and organizations covering a wide variety of interests, including science, bowling, horticulture, performance and visual arts, and more.
“Life as a Pius X High School student is a time of growth and discovery,” said Jan Frayser, director of guidance. “Through involvement in classes, activities, sports, service and friendships, students discern their gifts and appreciate the gifts of others.”
“Pius has been a great experience for me through the people I have met, the tremendous education I have received, and the way I have grown in my faith,” commented Joe Stara, Pius X senior. “Pius has really shaped me into a better person.”