2016 was a year of celebrations for Blessed Sacrament Academy. In September, The Sisters of Incarnate Word Blessed Sacrament, along with several hundred of their alumni and friends, celebrated 90 years of a caring and compassionate mission.
While current programs on our campus are structured differently from the all-girls high school established in 1926, our focus continues to be education and family well-being.
A few of this year’s program highlights demonstrat our mission continues to be relevant and expanding its outreach.
Por Vida Academy Charter High School shares a $54M grant awarded by Youth Empowerment Services, Inc (YES) to four charter districts: George Gervin, Positive Solutions, Southwest Prep and Por Vida. The funding will be used to increase teachers’ salaries to a competitive level promoting teacher retention–so important in building relationships with the students attending our alternative high school. In addition, a record 96 students received diplomas in 2016.
In 2016, Parents’ Academy offered 14 six week parenting education programs serving a total of 282 parents with an 85% graduation rate. This exceeded the programs’ recruitment and graduation targets. Parenting education resources in our community are now in short supply as the main funding source has ended. The need for positive parenting skills is stronger than ever. BSA is working to find alternative funding sources to continue this vital ministry to the families of San Antonio.
The Child Development Center continues to increase program impact by providing four new classrooms for Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership serving ages 6 weeks up to 3 years of age. “We are pleased to partner with the City’s early childhood education program,” said Carol Silva, Director CDC. “We are all trying to do the same thing–focusing on the health and well-being of families, community engagement, and readying children for success in school with age-appropriate development curriculum.”