Helias looks to reverse declining enrollment

School striving to better market itself

The numbers of students attending a Catholic school are dropping. Nationally, the number of parish elementary schools has dropped by nearly half since the mid-1960s.

At Helias Catholic High School in Jefferson City, enrollment is about 770 today, compared with 915 in 2004.

“This is the first time in 56 years we’re having to market the school,” said Stan Ochsner, dean of students. A stagnant economy and rising fuel costs could contribute to the declining enrollment. But, the total number of children going through the Catholic elementary schools is down, too.

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See for yourself

An open house at Helias Catholic High School will be 6-8:30 p.m. Nov. 14 at 1305 Swifts Highway.

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