On Christmas Eve, 1912, Regis’ Foundress presented Father Hearn with a gift to purchase land and build the school, along with a promise to continue financial support to ensure tuition-free education. In Rome, the authorities of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) responded enthusiastically to the establishment of Regis and gave approval for construction to begin. Moreover, they gave the Foundress of Regis special recognition by declaring her a Founder of the Jesuit Order.
From its origin in 1914 to the late 1960s, Regis was regarded by the Foundress and her children as their private charity. Only in the late 1960s did they reluctantly agree to allow the alumni of Regis to contribute to the school’s financial support. Today, Regis continues to flourish due to the legacy of the Founding Family and the generosity of its alumni.
Additional money is donated by those parents who are well-off financially. We do not discriminate between those who are well-of and those who are not. The selection is based on academic prowess and leadership qualities. These days the grant alone is not enough, but we always want to offer a free education. We want gifted Catholic young men to be able to get an excellent education no matter what their financial circumstances.
Our prospective students apply when they are in Grade 8, which is their final year of middle school. High school begins in Grade 9. They apply by filling in a form and writing an essay. They also need to have a recommendation from their current school. Their grades also need to be submitted. They do not need to be attending a Catholic middle school, but they must be Catholic. They then take an aptitude test and we interview them.
Our students come from anywhere in the Tristate area, New York, New Jersey and Connecticut and as a result we have a very diverse student body. We end up with 128 students for our freshman class and they stay for 4 years, Grades 9 to 12, freshman, sophomore, junior and senior. We never accept another student after that.
Regis is a collegiate prep school which means we prepare students for college, that is why we are so selective. Most of our students get financial grants from the colleges they attend as they have shown great academic prowess during their high school years.
Regis High School runs this program to help young, gifted Catholic men from Grades 6 to 8 to advance their knowledge, especially Maths and English, to bring them up to speed so that they can enter either Regis High School or another Catholic high school in Grade 9. At the school they currently attend, they are often very isolated as the standard of teaching caters to the average student.
The students attend Regis once a week every Saturday and for six weeks during the summer. The families are financially needy. The program is free. What is wonderful is that the REACH Alumni (now at college and beyond) help to mentor the new REACH students.
To give one an idea of what a prospective Grade 5 student is like I asked the question “How will you feel about giving up your summer holidays to study when all your friends are out enjoying themselves?” His answer was, “Well by the end of the summer I will know more than them and be ready to move on up”. He will be joining Regis this year in Grade 9.
Founded in 2002, REACH (Recruiting Excellence in Academics for Catholic High Schools) is an entirely free educational and leadership enrichment programme that prepares Catholic, middle-school aged boys to earn scholarships to Regis, as well as other top Catholic high schools in New York City.
Designed as an access program, REACH serves students whose families demonstrate significant financial need. With an understanding of how critical the middle-school age years are in determining the trajectory of secondary as well as post-secondary education, REACH is devoted to making substantial gains in academics, leadership potential, and a commitment to service. In alignment with the founding mission of Regis, REACH strives to attract highly motivated students from predominantly immigrant and disenfranchised backgrounds.
How does the programme work?
Every year, REACH works in partnership with parochial, traditional public and public charter schools, as well as parishes from the New York City metropolitan area. REACH accepts nominations of boys currently in the 5th grade who display early signs of academic and leadership potential.
After they apply in the 5th grade, admitted students begin their REACH journey in the summer before 6th grade. With three years to work with, REACH’s value-added model is set out to cultivate the potential demonstrated in the elementary school years. It is important to note that REACH is not a school; rather, it is a supplementary programme designed to work around the student’s normal middle school schedule.
Our programming takes place on Saturdays throughout the school year and during the summer. Over our first 18 years of operation, our 14 graduated 8th grade cohorts have received over $21 million in 4-year high school scholarships. In those years, we have graduated approximately 32 students annually. With our recent expansion in 2015-16, REACH promises to graduate approximately 46 students annually by 2019.
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