West Catholic Preparatory High School has received a $500,000 grant from the Connelly Foundation for the 2024-2025 academic year. The funding will establish the De La Salle Academic Support Program.

The program consists of three major transformative components that will enrich the learning experience for students. It will allow for comprehensive renovations of a dedicated academic and support facility space, provide the ability to hire a Director of the De La Salle Academic Support Program, and integrate cutting-edge individualized technology components that complement an innovative curriculum.

Additionally, the school will rename the space currently known as the Learning Commons to the Connelly Center for Academic Excellence. It will house four dedicated classrooms for academic support sessions including an area for tutoring as well as secluded spaces designed to facilitate highly targeted academic interventions and an environment conducive to testing.

Tom Riley, President of the Connelly Foundation, pointed to the “importance of West Catholic’s presence in its community” and the “profound positive impact it has on the students and families of West Philadelphia.”

“The Connelly Foundation is pleased to partner with West Catholic Preparatory High School in the important work of the De La Salle Academic Support Program,” Riley said. “We look forward to the way this program will further West Catholic’s support of student academic achievement.”

Andrew Brady, President of West Catholic and a 2002 alum of the school, said the grant will allow the school to “enhance the academic assistance we provide to our students.”

“I am grateful to the Connelly Foundation for its generosity and commitment to our school and advancing our mission of providing a quality Catholic education grounded in strong Lasallian values.”

Brady added, “This program will also allow us to offer customized learning pathways for each student to receive support specific to his or her unique learning style. This initiative will help prepare each student to become a strong, independent leader who takes charge of their own life.”

Courtesy of West Catholic Preparatory High School.

Courtesy of West Catholic Preparatory High School.