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Catholic schools are part of Austin's assets

Sometimes we tend to overlook a good thing that is right under our own noses. One of the positive side effects of the Vision 2020 project is that many people are looking at the community assets. The city of Austin has a lot to offer, and Pacelli Catholic Schools is one of them. We provide an alternative to a very fine Austin Public Schools system.

Pacelli Catholic Schools provides a faith-filled education that permeates and inculcates all parts of the curriculum. The Gospel virtues and Catholic values are promoted in all disciplines, not just religion. We reinforce those virtues and values by regular prayer and worship and we build community as believers and as people of service.

Being a small school, we provide every student with all types of opportunities. To a great extent, we encourage all of our students to participate in all sorts of extracurricular activities, from sports to drama. If you want to try, we have a way to allow you to be a participant; how far you go is a function of your own talents and skills. Most of the sports available in our Lyle-Pacelli Co-op are "no cut." We want and need our students to participate.

The greatest asset of Pacelli Catholic Schools is our graduates. Our students go on to higher education and succeed. We have more than 5,000 alumni who fill all sorts of positions from ambassador of a foreign nation to professionals in just about any field you can name. Our alumni are found in all 50 states and 15 foreign lands, but more than half of them stay right here in the Austin area to contribute to our community.

Pacelli is family, it is a place where young people are nurtured in faith, morality and values. Steeped in the Franciscan tradition, educated in excellence, physically trained in competitive spirit, spiritually renewed in faith, we offer to the Austin area a new and unique vision of school. An open house is planned during Catholic Schools Week, Feb. 1, for the public. Come check us out and find out about the Pacelli tradition. We have a proud past and a promising future.

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