INVEST IN THE FUTURE: SPONSOR-A-SAINT!
Throughout our history, St. Anthony High School’s students have come to us from all neighborhoods, all ethnicities and all economic backgrounds. This was true when we were founded in 1920, and it is still true today.
Speaking personally, my own parents believed in the value of a Catholic education and they worked hard to make this a priority for our family, even though it required sacrifice. I remember coupon-clipping, discount shopping and summer jobs to help out, as well as my father, seated Sunday evenings at the dining room table paying bills. This was a time that called for quiet in our house and we all steered clear as he sorted and calculated. I felt the weight of his responsibility, even though he never complained, and I am grateful today for this sacrifice. My St. Anthony High School experience gave me an educational, moral and spiritual foundation which prepared me for life and enabled me to lead and serve others.
Today, 28% of St. Anthony High School’s students have incomes below $25,000 per year. This is poverty level and these students’ families would never be able to afford a Catholic education without significant financial assistance. But beyond these poorest families, hundreds of others qualify for some level of financial aid due to their family size, number of children in Catholic school or special circumstances.
St. Anthony is committed to supporting the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ pledge to extend an education to every child regardless of economic background, and thus 58% of St. Anthony’s students currently qualify for some financial aid at some level. No student who is qualified and has a sincere desire to attend St. Anthony has ever been turned away.
An education at St. Anthony changes the lives of students, their families and ultimately our community, having the very real power to effectively break the cycle of poverty and crime through education. Over the past nine years, 100% of our graduates have gone on to college or to proudly serve in the military. Our enrollment for the 2018-2019 school year is 575 students, comprised of students from all neighborhoods and representing all ethnicities.
Saints today are 33% Caucasian, 31% Hispanic, 15% African American, 10% Filipino, 6% Asian/Pacific Islander and 5% Multi-Racial. They reflect the City of Long Beach's diversity and the surrounding communities we serve. They are all filled with Saints pride, hope for the future and gratitude for the opportunity to be a Saint.
Please consider providing financial aid to a worthy Saint by making a donation to the SAHS Sponsor-A-Saint Fund. Change a life, leave a legacy, enable the tradition to continue for generations of future Saints.Your gift makes a difference in a life.
Gina Rushing Maguire
St. Anthony High School