Alverno High School Starts New School Year with Increase in Enrollment

Emily Yekikian, Alexis Baro, Asia Leong, Head of School Julia V. Fanara, McKinley Luna, Arianna Munoz, and Amanda PavonAP Scholars for Class of 2016: Alexis Winstanley, Cameron Martinez, Emma Uttley, Isabella Dominguez, Amy Aghajanian, Alexxa Vasquez, Caitlyn Delgadillo, and Emily Yekikian Ciara Madigan ’16 and her mother, Alexia Prokop Madigan ’86 Students enjoy one of the re-landscaped areas on the east side of campus. Sophomores Kate Samaniego and Melody Wu prepare for an experiment in AP Chemistry. The newly renovated main terrace at Alverno includes drought resistant plants and more seating areas for students. A rendering of Alverno’s Learning Technology Center to be completed by Fall 2016. Head of School Julia Fanara walking with McKinley Luna and Anica Quizon Moondera Rabb and Vale Siess ’17 enjoy one of the new paths on the south side of campus.

By SARA A. McCARTHY, '05, M.Ed.

2:51 pm | September 25, 2015


The halls of Alverno High School are a little busier this year as Alverno is reporting an increase in enrollment over last year.

“We are thrilled, and grateful, to report that Alverno’s enrollment is up 7.75 percent from last school year. Alverno has made a number of improvements over the past few years and we are grateful that our local community has taken notice of these changes,” said Julia V. Fanara, Head of School. “As we continue to evolve and grow, we do so while maintaining the values and excellence that have been pivotal to Alverno High School for the past 55 years. The Class of 2015 had a 100 percent college acceptance rate and received more than $1.5 million in scholarships and financial aid; we currently boast 16 AP scholars, and more than half of the Class of 2019 was admitted to Alverno with honors from 25 different feeder schools. It is an exciting time to be a student at Alverno and we invite our community to learn more about the changes we have made.”

Ms. Fanara attributes this enrollment increase to several factors. First, building on the school’s reputation for academic rigor and success, Alverno has added new Advanced Placement course offerings to the curriculum including AP Calculus BC, AP Chemistry, and AP U.S. Government and Politics. With these additions, Alverno now offers at least two AP courses in all core subjects. The standard curriculum has also been expanded to include ESL for International Students, Forensic Science, Independent Research in Engineering, and Speech and Debate. A total of four new faculty members, with advanced degrees in their fields, were added to the teaching staff to help bring these classes into the curriculum.

In the spring of 2015, Alverno introduced three new merit scholarships: a Head’s Scholarship, a Board of Trustees’ Scholarship, and the Elizabeth Mahoney, IHM Memorial Scholarship, which help make an independent, Catholic, all-girls education more affordable for more families. A Legacy Scholarship has also been added, which will be awarded automatically to the daughters of Alverno High School alumnae, beginning with the Class of 2020, so that the Alverno tradition may continue in their family. Recognizing that private school education is a luxury for most families, particularly in a tough economy, Alverno has committed to offering more scholarship support to families than ever before. At Alverno, the saying is “If you think you can’t afford an all-girls, independent, Catholic education—then think again.”

Finally, Alverno has made several updates to the campus including re-landscaping the areas around the property’s historic Villa and a complete renovation of the main terrace. Additionally, plans have been announced for the update of the school’s library to a Learning Technology Center, which will open in the fall of 2016. The updated space will provide students with updated technology and wireless access, a language lab, a soundproof meeting room for collaborative work, open spaces for quiet study, and contemporary, lap-top friendly furniture.

For those interested in a progressive Catholic, independent college preparatory high school education for their daughter, enrollment for the 2016-2017 school year is open. For more information on Alverno High School, please contact Sara McCarthy ’05, Director of Admissions and Public Relations, at (626) 355-3463 x. 235 or visit www.alverno-hs.org.

About Alverno High School

Alverno High School is a Catholic, private, college preparatory school for young women dedicated to preparing them to function in a society as informed, knowledgeable persons, who have the requisite skills to make and implement mature decisions about complex problems. Enlivened by the spirit of its Immaculate Heart Community sponsors, and mindful of the Franciscan roots of its founders, Alverno’s program—academic, spiritual, aesthetic, social, and physical—is shaped by the staff, trustees, and students in light of the world for which the students are being educated. Alverno’s mission is to empower each young woman to be exactly the person she wants to be and since 1960, Alverno has empowered more than 4,500 women to meet that goal. For more information about Alverno High School, please call (626) 355-3463 or visit www.alverno-hs.org.