Catholic school slated to open in Park City
Park City has always had a strong Catholic community, but the area currently has no Catholic school. A handful of moms plan to rectify that problem starting this fall.
About a year and a half ago Shannon Lozano, Deirdre Teodosio and Emily Ozog were bemoaning the fact when (at a baptism, no less) they decided to create one themselves.
"Our faith is very important. It’s an integral part of our lives," Ozog said. "The way we see the world is through Catholic eyes."
Because that perspective is so important to education, having it taught at school in addition to home and church only makes sense, Lozano said.
Additionally, parents are the ultimate authority in Catholic schools. Instead of possibly acting or teaching in ways contrary to the wishes of a family, faith-based education programs reinforce families, Teodosio added.
"It’s great to have what kids are learning at school be the same things they’re learning at home, and for parents and schools to be working together," she explained.
Thanks to their efforts and months of planning, Trinity Academy is set to open at 2024 Sidewinder Drive this fall. Bringing everything together has been a challenge, but this process is how every one of the hundreds of independent Catholic schools in the nation was founded, Ozog said.
Trinity Academy is now accepting students from preschool through the fifth grade. The offerings may be expanded depending on future growth, they explained.
Their building on Sidewinder Drive encompasses 2,500 square feet with four classrooms and a play area in the back. There are currently four staff members but more will be hired as needed, they said.
Methodology will correspond to a Classical curriculum, Lozano said, with an emphasis on grammar, logic and rhetoric.
"It really focuses on how to learn and how to think critically," she said. "It’s about learning to master the language to speak with persuasion and eloquence."
The Classical curriculum will provide students with an understanding of Western Civilization’s rich heritage in history, literature, art and culture with Christ as the center, they said.
"We’re small, but we won’t be shortchanging a child on anything. We will provide them with a full day of religion, math, history, writing as well as physical education, music and art," Teodosio explained.
"And in small classes, children will get the attention they need," Lozano added.
Mass and Confession will be offered weekly by a visiting priest, they said.
With the construction of the Weilenmann School of Discovery and the folding of the Colby School into the Park City Academy, many changes in primary education are afoot this spring.
But Teodosio said they have no interest in competing with anyone else for students. Trinity Academy is being started by people who believe they’re doing the best thing for their children, and invite others who feel the same way to join them, she said.
"Why we started this has nothing to do with the bigger picture in Park City. This is about what we want for our own kids," Lozano said.
"The beautiful thing about this school is that it’s being put together for our children," Ozog added.
The three say they are receiving new applications every week and are positive about the reaction from the community.
"We’re Catholic and Classical. That’s different from everyone else," Lozano said.
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