KATY (Covering Katy) – The Epiphany of the Lord Catholic Community in Katy has started preparations for construction of Katy’s first Catholic elementary and middle school. It will be located next to the Epiphany of the Lord church and is expected to be open for the 2018-19 school year.
A ground blessing will be held following mass on June 25 at 11:30 a.m. Auxiliary Bishop George Sheltz will preside over the ceremony.
A building that sits on the property has already been demolished to make way for the school. Construction crews are on the scene removing the debris and starting preparations for construction activities.
“I’ve not started a new school previously,” said newly hired principal Nicholas Morgan. “I’ve been preparing, and there’s a lot to do,” Morgan added.
The new school will be a two-story facility, but the first year there will be just kindergarten through third grade students occupying the school. The second floor is expected to remain empty during year one. Morgan says he plans to add a new grade each year. There will be two classes in each grade.
“It never occurred to me that there are no Catholic schools in Katy until I started looking at this job,” Morgan said. He expects the school to have no problem filling the school’s classes.
“I receive weekly contacts from parishioners around Katy asking about the school,” Morgan said.
“The demand is there,” Morgan said. “Having a Catholic education option is important to many people,” he added. “The academics will be very competitive.”
The Epiphany of the Lord Catholic School will offer all of the standards, including S.T.E.M., computer labs and physical education.
“It will be comparable to a Katy ISD school but will also offer religion,” Morgan said.
Athletes will compete in the GHCA (Greater Houston Catholic Association) sports league.
The admissions process will begin late this year or in early 2018.
“I think there is a lot of excitement,” Morgan said.