Thank you for the article on the expansion of St. Margaret of Scotland School ("St. Margaret of Scotland addresses growing pains as other parish schools struggle," March 10). Please note that there are other thriving Catholic schools in the city of St. Louis.
I am a veteran teacher of one such school, St. Roch, in the Skinker-deBaliviere neighborhood, just north of Forest Park. For decades we have been a diverse school of various racial and religious roots. We serve students from 25 ZIP codes. Parents seek the high-quality education that mixes traditional values and discipline with an up-to-date curriculum. We offer a strong academic program, which includes plays of Shakespeare from grades 5-8, a full year of algebra in grade 8, and excellent music, art, PE and Spanish programs.
Our students are active in sports, speech league, chess club, math club, science fair, yearbook and reading clubs. Our students serve others, like the seventh and eighth graders who serve at the soup kitchen twice monthly, or the third graders who organize a can food drive. They often excel in competitions, like the recent SLUH math competition or Cor Jesu math contest. Our faculty and administration partner with the parents to bring out the best in each child.
I encourage the Post-Dispatch and other interested parties to come see a quality school at work.
Paul J. Shaver • St. Louis