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Secondary Schools Academy

The Secondary Schools Academy is an initiative of the Saint Louis University College of Education in partnership with the Office for Lasallian Education at Christian Brothers Conference, the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers, the National Catholic Educational Association, the Jesuit Schools Network, the Sisters of Mercy and a number of dioceses and archdioceses from around the United States.

Originally founded as the Gateway Catholic Schools Leadership Academy, the Academy is identified as an “ongoing, national professional development program for current and aspiring presidents, heads of school, and principals at Catholic institutions, as well as those who aspire to be in executive-level leadership in a Catholic school.”

Content-specific sessions include:

  • advancement
  • board effectiveness and accountability
  • branding, marketing and communications
  • building instructional capacity
  • change leadership
  • conflict resolution
  • crisis management
  • discernment
  • enrollment management
  • evangelization and Catholic education
  • finance, facilities and business management
  • governance, canonical authority, mission effectiveness
  • legal issues
  • missionary discipleship, evangelization and Catholic education or mission in the present context
  • personal wellness/balance
  • personnel
  • prayer life and personal spirituality
  • research on the president-principal model
  • spiritual leadership
  • strategic planning
  • 21st-century teaching and learning
  • the president-principal relationship
  • time management

A brief video highlighting the first Academy (held in 2016-2017) can be viewed here >

The flier for the program may be accessed here >

For those attending from Lasallian ministries, staff from Christian Brothers Conference will be present at the event to accompany you on the journey through the Academy.

Want to learn more about Secondary Schools Academy? Contact Mark John Freund, executive director of the Office for Lasallian Education, at or 202-529-0047 x102.

“The Secondary Schools Academy provides opportunities for Catholic school leaders to receive the formation, training and professional development required to meet the demands of 21st century Catholic education.”

– Dr. John T. James, Ed.D., Associate Professor and Director of the Institute for Catholic Education, Saint Louis University