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Secretary Grant Application Period is Started!

Posted: October 2, 2023

The Office of Catholic Elementary (OCE) is proud to provide the Secretary Grant as a resource to support our elementary school teachers who have children that attend an Archdiocesan elementary school. Please note the list below for guidelines and qualifications:

  • One parent/guardian must be employed full-time as an Archdiocesan elementary and/or early childhood school teacher or administrator at the time of submission of the application and continue to be employed in the 2024-2025 school year.
  • The parent/guardian must have been employed as a teacher or administrator in the 2023-2024 school year.  New hires employed after this school year will need to wait for the following registration year to apply.
  • The child/children must attend an Archdiocesan elementary (not early childhood) school in the 2024-2025 school year.
  • The grant is applied toward elementary school tuition and is given to the school where the child is a student.
  • The grant  is based on the number of applicants and the calculated need of each applicant, so award amounts will vary.
  • In the Spring of 2024, the principal and the families will receive a letter confirming each family and grant amount that will be issued to the school that the student(s) attend.
  • The application process is a two-part process, as follows:
    1. Completion of the Secretary Grant Application. (This will determine the eligibility of the applicant.)
    2. Completion of the FACTS Application. (This will determine the amount of the scholarship.)

Please retain a copy of your confirmation for each application filed, as proof of registration that will be required in the event that we have no proof of registration.

The deadline for submitting the application January 31, 2024. No applications will be accepted after this point. OCE is working to streamline the Secretary Grant process, as we understand that it has been confusing in the past. As we move forward, if you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to Catherine Jennings.

Introduction to Keystone STARS Certification

Posted: August 21, 2023

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New!! 2023 – 2024 Administrative Resources Form

Posted: July 6, 2023

The 2023 – 2024 Administrative Resources Form has been updated and is now available on the Forms page.

Neumann Scholarship Information

Posted: June 26, 2023

Please note that a web page has been created to house the Neumann Scholarship information.

Recommended Reading 2023

Posted: May 30, 2023

summer reading


Librarians and Teachers:

Here is the Recommended Reading List for 2023.

Remember, when selecting from the recommended list, please pre-read books before assigning them for reading. Some books may be better suited as directed or guided reading and not read alone.

You should inform parents that all books are available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Thank you,

The Media Arts Curriculum Committee

Reading Olympics Book Lists

The books that will be used for Reading Olympics next year are also available:

Reading Olympics Elementary 2024 book list

Reading Olympics Middle School 2024


Opportunity! Mary Ann Remick Leadership Program

Posted: May 24, 2023

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Register Now for the 2023 Leadership Academy!

Posted: May 23, 2023


REGISTER now for the 2023 Leadership Academy!


Information Session for EADP (Elementary Administrators Development Program)

Posted: April 24, 2023

Session Information Contact:  Bernadette Dougherty, Asst. Superintendent of Elementary Education  |  215-587-3743

Session Registration Contact:  Jeanne Steitz |  215-587-3743

This information session is for all who are interested in finding out more about our 2023-2024 Elementary Administrators Program.  Please join us to find out if our Administrators Program is for you!

Date:  Monday, May 22, 2023

Time:  4:00 to 5:00 PM


 Program Requirements:  Please come ONLY if you meet the criteria (paperwork not necessary for this information session)

  • Practicing Catholic and a letter of recommendation from your home parish pastor
  • Master’s Degree (transcript to verify)
    • Candidate may be enrolled or planning to enroll in a master’s program (transcript to verify)
  • PA certification
  • A minimum of five (5) years teaching experience
  • Religious certification (or minimum of 6 credits and working toward certification)
  • Current:
    • Police Check
    • Child Abuse Clearance
    • FBI Fingerprint Check
    • Child Abuse Prevention Training Certificate