HISTORY OF HOLY ROSARY CATHOLIC SCHOOL
In 1963, under the direction of Father Emile Fossier, Holy Rosary Catholic School opened its doors to 42 students in the adjacent fire station to become the only Catholic school in lower Lafourche Parish. Within a short time children relocated to the newly completed building that would service students from Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church Parish, its sister parishes of Sacred Heart, St. Joseph, Our Lady of Prompt Succor, Our Lady of the Isle, and anyone who accepted its philosophy and mission. Under the direction of Sister Claire Rodrigue and the Sisters of the Immaculate Conception the School continued to provide academic excellence and a moral foundation to instill a passion to model lives after Jesus Christ.
During an economic peak in the early 1980’s the school flourished and housed 406 students from kindergarten through sixth grade. HRCS added several classrooms, a library and administration offices to its facilities. In the mid 1980’s the school lost the use of public transportation outside the immediate community and experienced a tremendous loss in population. The school addressed its enrollment concerns through several avenues including the addition of Friends of the Rosary tuition assistance, private busing, preschool, the expansion to the 8th grade and several enrollment promotions. HRCS continued to minister to each student’s uniqueness through structured devotion, expanded curriculum, and offer students the opportunity to reach their potential in a safe Catholic environment.
Today, under the direction of Principal Mrs. Cathy Long , HRCS continues to grow and meet the challenges of the times. Expanding the minds and spirits of students is enhanced through a diverse educational, social, physical and religious curriculum. Dedicated, degreed teachers nurture students within each grade level from the three-year-old Early Childhood Program through the eighth grade. Students have daily religion classes, weekly masses, opportunities for practicing social justice and ministering to the less fortunate. An average day at HRCS offers a peaceful, safe setting. Students reflect their appreciation for their Catholic school with feedback such as, “I love my school because the teachers are fair, it is always clean, and everything is fun! Did I say I learn a lot?”
Social experiences and physical activities complete the well-rounded education at HRCS. Students enjoy structured P. E. classes, choir, Passion Plays, Nativity performances, BETA Club, 4-H Club, D.A.R.E., Altar Servers, and Athletics.
Academic challenges are experienced in all areas of the school. A computer lab and instructor is accessible to all grades. All classrooms are equipped with several internet ready computers. A model reading program contributes to outstanding reading scores. Test results prove academic success as students score well above the National average. The success of HRCS alumni is prevalent as they continue to prosper in their education obtained from NSU to Notre Dame, MIT and higher institutions throughout the nation. These students become the morally responsible community leaders of tomorrow. Alumni comprise a large population of parents at HRCS with a third generation of students beginning to attend. They reaffirm their appreciation of their Catholic education as they return to have their children and grandchildren experience a faith-filled future at Holy Rosary Catholic School.
The community support is vital to the success and longevity of Catholic schools and in particular to HRCS. In turn Holy Rosary Catholic School offers its community an alternative in education, one that offers children a safe, morally-based, and academically-challenging experience.