CUMBERLAND — Bishop Walsh School has 114 new students this year, bringing the total enrollment for the pre-K-12 school to 408 students. Enrollment increased by 46% at all levels over three years, allowing the Catholic school to create additional class space and hire more teachers.
“We are pleased that we are seeing a steady increase in enrollment,” said Principal Ray Kiddy, who credits the school’s long-standing reputation of providing a quality education. “It’s a result of our safe, nurturing environment, excellent academics and our wonderful faculty, staff and families. I give the credit to them.”
Several new initiatives have started this year at the school on Haystack Mountain. Through a donation from Kathy Mattingly, a former teacher and graduate of Ursuline Academy, and from the Maryland Agricultural Education and Rural Development Assistance Fund, BW is constructing a greenhouse in the school’s courtyard to build upon its strong science, technology, engineering and education program. The school hopes to partner with community organizations to teach students growing techniques, the use of plants to remove wastes from aquaculture and agriculture, and other ecofriendly experiments. According to Mick Burkett, BW science chair, the school will hold plant sales to make the greenhouse self-sustaining.
“The greenhouse will offer opportunities for all age levels. With BW’s Makerspace close by, I hope to have students manufacture as many components as possible,” said Burkett, “We plan to eventually add solar energy as a power source for the school. We’re hopeful that future grants will help with the advancement of technology inside the greenhouse.”
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