On Thursday, Aug. 30 Gonzaga Prep begins the 126th year of Jesuit education in Spokane with a substantial increase in freshman enrollment. “G-Prep’s freshman classes have stayed constant over the past several years,” states Academic Vice Principal, Derek Duchene, “but this year the efforts of Admissions Director, Corrina Kelsey, have led to a 13% increase.” The freshman class of 252 students brings enrollment to 875 students.
School opens with major construction on the STEM classroom nearing completion (scheduled to be finished at the end of September) due to the $220,240 grant from the E.L. Wiegand Foundation.
Gonzaga Prep is in the second year of a new schedule that expanded the school day by half an hour, allowing students to take an additional academic, elective, or Advanced Placement course to earn college credit. The school day begins at 7:45 a.m., concluding at 2:45 p.m. The only exception will be Thursday, when classes begin at 9 a.m. to allow time for faculty meetings.
Gonzaga Prep’s new principal, Cindy Reopelle said, “Students have the choice to enroll in a structured study hall rather than a seventh class, but last year the majority of our students chose to take the additional class.” For the 2011-12 academic year Gonzaga Prep students took 498 Advanced Placement course exams with 73% receiving a score of 3 or higher to earn college credit. From last year’s graduating class of 235 seniors, 98% of them entered college this fall, 90% in a four-year institution.