Dear DePaul Prep Families and Friends:
The Class of 2019 has graduated. The underclassmen have taken their last final exam. Our hallways are temporarily quiet. The 2018-2019 academic year has come to a close at DePaul College Prep.
It’s been a momentous year. We celebrated our 5th year of operations as DePaul College Prep. And our 5th year of steadily increasing enrollment and academic success. We welcomed Dr. Megan Stanton-Anderson as our Principal. She brings a commitment to teaching and learning, academic rigor and mastery of content that has propelled DePaul Prep forward significantly this year. Just as importantly, Dr. Stanton-Anderson has placed a high priority on the social and emotional wellness of our students and our faculty through a series of programs and initiatives that have benefitted the entire school community.
This year also marked the successful completion of the 4th year of our 5-year strategic plan, Vision 2020: Faith in our Future. Significant progress was made in each of our five goal areas:
- Learning Environment and Faculty Growth
- Student Life and Community Engagement
- Catholic Identity
- Marketing and Admissions
Of note specifically has been the growth of our academic partnership with DePaul University. I am proud to say that a number of our 2019 graduates have chosen to attend DePaul University including two of our ComEd Scholars who will major in STEM programs and will continue to benefit from our unique partnership with ComEd and the University. Our underclassmen and our faculty also benefit from the mission and generosity of the University. This summer 19 of our rising juniors and seniors will take dual enrollment classes at DePaul University for college credit. Earlier this spring, the University and DePaul Prep reached an agreement that enables our faculty who pursue a master’s degree in their discipline at the University to receive a 33% tuition discount. And in a few weeks, a number of our incoming freshmen who scored well on the entrance exam will participate in DSX, the DePaul Summer Experience on the Lincoln Park and Loop campuses of DePaul University.
In response to our significant growth next year, we will welcome more faculty, new deans, more counselors and weekly advisories for all students. Our commitment is to do our very best to help students to learn and grow – academically and spiritually. Our goal remains firm. We are a welcoming, academically rigorous, Catholic high school that is grounded in the core values of Faith, Respect, Excellence, and Service. These core values are our guiding light, as is St. Vincent de Paul’s central question: What must be done? We ask ourselves and our students: What must I do? to use my intelligence and God’s grace to better myself academically, to grow spiritually and to be committed to the service of others. If DePaul College Prep’s students reflect on and successfully answer this question throughout their lives, we will have succeeded in our work.
At year’s end, we hold Convocation for our underclassmen. Convocation is an opportunity for us to give thanks for the year; to bless our freshmen, sophomores and juniors as they anticipate their leadership roles in the new academic year; to thank those who are retiring or leaving for other opportunities; and to pray for a healthy and safe summer for the entire DePaul College Prep community. It is a sacred opportunity for DePaul Prep to come together through the common bonds of our core values, our commitment to one another’s well-being, and our awareness that we play a larger role in the future of our beloved City of Chicago.
On behalf of the entire community of DePaul College Prep, I extend to you and your families, our Convocation prayer for a summer of safety, happiness, peace, reflection and grace. We look forward to welcoming everyone back in August but for now, may you savor each day of this glorious season of summer.
St. Vincent de Paul, pray for us!
St. Louise de Marillac, pray for us!
With kindest regards,
Mary A. Dempsey