Mount to lower tuition, add programs for middle schoolers

Mount to lower tuition, add programs for middle schoolers

WOONSOCKET – In an effort that Mount St. Charles Academy President Alan Tenreiro says is motivated by the desire to make the school accessible to more students, the school will lower the cost of tuition for students attending middle school next year.

The school will also expand extracurricular offerings, adding new sports and clubs and expanding programs already offered to high school students to younger students.

Tenreiro, who was named president in February and began July 1, says the effort is part of a new and more effective way of doing business at the private Catholic school.

“Coming in as the new president, I guess I took more of a business model approach. I said, ‘Is there a way for us to be more affordable?’” said Tenreiro. “When you look at the median family income, it’s still down from where it was four years ago.”

The cost drop for the school’s younger students is significant. Starting in the fall of 2018, Mount’s middle school tuition rate will be $8,850 per year including all fees. Incoming students last year paid $12,150, plus the annual registration fee of $150.

Administrators are also planning significant growth in programs offered after school hours. Tenreiro said school officials aim to implement a new mountain biking club called “Mountaineers.” Other new activities will include a video gaming club, table tennis, badminton and cricket. A Mount parent is running a six-week Wachusett Mountain ski club experience every Sunday for six weeks.

“We’re really open to also hearing from the kids about what activities they’re interested in,” Tenreiro said. “We’re open to all sorts of clubs.”

And it won’t be just fun and games after school. The school also plans to offer new sessions providing academic and homework support, and have dinner options available to students every night. That initiative, Tenreiro says, is directed at making life easier for parents.

“When kids get active, parents do as much work as the kids,” he said.

Next year, Tenreiro said he hopes students can be picked up with full stomachs, with all activities such as sports and clubs completed, and homework done.

“At that point, they haven’t had to drive around and take their child to the lesson,” he said. “We want everything to be done so they can spend time with their family.”

The library, Tenreiro says, will become the central hub of after-school activity, where a new cafe will supplement vending machines.

“It’s going to be a lot more active place, more like a university commons,” he said.

It is all an effort, Tenreiro says, to build the whole student, consistent with Mount’s mission since the school was founded more than 100 years ago. The school, he notes, is already strong in academics, with 99.6 percent of graduates headed off to college. With a new and more efficient business plan, he said he believes the school can also boost participation in clubs and activities not offered elsewhere, along with charity work.

“We want our graduates, when they are handed their diploma, to be headed off to college having already made a difference in their community,” he said.

In academics, Tenreiro says the school will place a greater focus on technology and communications, in keeping with the demands of modern learning.

Mount’s Board of Directors is still finalizing the list of changes planned for the 2018 school year.

“We’re just going to keep growing and keep providing great services to families,” said Tenreiro. “I think it’s pretty exciting.”

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"...he believes the school can also boost participation in clubs and activities not offered elsewhere..."

Clubs and after school activities offered at Cumberland High School, most predate Tenreiro being there.

Women's Chorus
Concert Band
Jazz Band
Model Legislature
CHS Diversity Coalition
Drone Club
CHS Recycling
Dance Team
Ski Club
Ukelele Club
Drama Club
Academic Decathalon
Debate Team
Ecology Club
Game Club
Helping Hands/Impact Club
Homework Help Center
Linguistics Club
Math Team
Mock Trial
Philosophy Club
Ping Pong Club
Archaeology Club
Robotics Club
Metal Detecting Club
Spanish Club
Spansish Tutoring Peers
Student Government

Maybe Mr. Tenreiro should check his facts before making public statements, it wouldn't be very difficult in this case.

Dear "That Guy:"
A clarification: As the story reads "The school will also expand extracurricular offerings, adding new sports and clubs and expanding programs already offered to high school students to younger students."
The story reflects changes in the middle school (Grades 6 to 8) at Mount.
You are correct that CHS is doing a lot of things well.
- Tom Ward, Publisher and Mount Board member.

They happen when you read too fast!

But agreed, CHS offers a lot, and certain people take credit for too much.