by Max Brantley
The Cathedral School at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, currently a a PreK-5 school, will add a sixth grade next year and also is also considering adding grades 7 and 8.
In short, for those who've followed developments, including some internal church disputes, since the Episcopal Collegiate School's establishment and its addition last year of a lower school, the 54-year-old Cathedral School isn't going away just yet.
The Board of Trustees of The Cathedral School at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Little Rock announced today that they will add a sixth grade beginning in the 2011-2012 academic year. The fifty-four- year-old pre-kindergarten through fifth grade school is adding a grade because of strong market demand. “It really is a demand from our parents and others in the community for a sixth grade that is faith-based, has exceptional academics and a major commitment to the arts,” Dr. Fred Niell, Headmaster, said. “We have had a sixth grade throughout most of our history; so, this is a return to our roots.” Asked if this would be followed by seventh and eighth grades, Niell said, “If the market takes us there, we will follow, but if not, we will remain a PreK-6 school. We are studying that possibility now.”
Last year, The Cathedral School introduced its highly acclaimed Choir School program, in which select students receive an additional five hours per week of choral rehearsal and music training within their academic day. The school’s Choristers recently returned from St. Louis, MO where they performed on-field at Busch Stadium for 42,000 fans.
Applications are being accepted now for next year, including those being submitted for places in the new sixth grade. For more information on The Cathedral School’s application process, please contact Admission Coordinator, Susan Allen, by calling 501.375.7997.