More than 50 parochial and private Catholic elementary schools and archdiocesan high schools throughout the five-county region are participating in “Showcases of Excellence” this month.

The events held at archdiocesan high schools in Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties will highlight the strong academic and fine arts programs in Catholic elementary and special education schools in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

“There are so many wonderful things happening in the arena of fine arts in the Catholic elementary schools” in the region, said the driving force behind the Showcases of Excellence, Immaculate Heart Sister Edward William Quinn, who serves as assistant superintendent for curriculum, instruction and assessment in the archdiocesan Office of Catholic Education.


“The integration of science, technology, religion, engineering, arts and math into the curriculum is such a gift to the developing young minds we’re educating to be 21st-century, well-rounded leaders who can compete and excel within their chosen future endeavors and chosen industries. The showcases are a way of sharing the talents and work of our students and their teachers with the broader archdiocesan community and beyond.”

During each Showcase of Excellence students will display artwork reflective of the archdiocesan K-8 art curriculum. Musical performances will include instrumental, band and choral music. Religion projects, Science Fair displays, Future Cities displays, STREAM projects, binders of students’ poems and writings, videos of student presentations on laptops, robotics and theater arts performances are also integral parts of the bi-yearly program.

In addition to the students’ work, displays, activities and demos will be offered by representatives of the Office of Catholic Education, Archdiocese of Philadelphia Technology Coaches and the Physical Education Committee.

Although two of the showcases have already taken place at SS. John Neuman and Maria Goretti High School and Cardinal O’Hara High School, the following events are still scheduled:

Thursday, April 4

Lansdale Catholic High School, 700 Lansdale Avenue, Lansdale, Montgomery County
4 to 7 p.m.
The participating schools include: Lansdale Catholic; Corpus Christi School, Lansdale; Mary, Mother of Redeemer Catholic School, North Wales; Mother Teresa Regional Catholic School, King of Prussia; St. Mary Catholic School, Schwenksville; St. Teresa of Calcutta Education Center, Limerick; and Mater Dei Regional Catholic School, Lansdale.

Monday, April 8

Bishop Shanahan High School, 220 Woodbine Road, Downingtown, Chester County
4 to 7 p.m.
The participating schools include: Bishop Shanahan; St. Patrick School, Malvern; SS. Peter and Paul School, West Chester; SS. Simon and Jude School, West Chester; SS. Philip and James School, Exton; St. Maximilian Kolbe School, West Chester; Villa Maria Academy Lower School, Malvern; and St. Elizabeth School, Upper Uwchlan.

Tuesday, April 9

Father Judge High School for Boys, 3301 Solly Avenue, Philadelphia
4 to 7 p.m.
The participating schools, all in Philadelphia, include: Father Judge; St. Christopher Catholic School, Blessed Trinity Regional Catholic School, Christ the King Catholic School, Holy Innocents Area Catholic Elementary School, Maternity B.V.M. School, Our Lady of Port Richmond, St. Anselm School, St. Cecilia School, St. Jerome School, St. Athanasius School, St. Martha Parish School and St. Matthew School.