St. Peter's School building

Mansfield St. Peter's Junior High and High School building.

MANSFIELD -- Students in grades nine through 12 in the City of Mansfield may be eligible for the state's EdChoice scholarship to attend St. Peter's High School during the 2019-2020 school year -- even if they are already enrolled at the parochial school.

St. Peter's has planned meetings for parents about the EdChoice program on June 25 from 6 to 6:30 p.m. or July 7 from 2 to 2:30 p.m. Both meetings will be in the Franciscan Activity Center atrium, across from the high school.

In a recent announcement, St. Peter's said that in past years, the EdChoice program was available only to students attending "underperforming" public schools. That meant if students already enrolled at St. Peter's were not eligible to apply, even if they lived in a public school district and would be assigned to an "underperforming" public school.

Mansfield Senior High School is on the list of EdChoice designated schools.

School officials said they were just recently notified the rules had changed. They noted the Ohio Department of Education said, "This pathway was put into law a few years ago, but because of Safe Harbor, its effective date was put on hold. ODE has now confirmed that this high school student eligibility will be in effect for this fall, giving families the opportunity to apply during the July 2019 application period."

The application period at St. Peter's for the EdChoice scholarship program is underway and continues until July 26.

Those who would like to begin the paperwork process now or have questions, please contact state scholarship coordinator Laura Gregory at 419-524-2572 or gregory.laura@myspartans.org.

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