In response to the growing Catholic population in the eastern North Carolina region served by the Diocese of Raleigh and interest among the faithful in expanding Catholic secondary school options, the diocese is conducting a series of studies to explore the feasibility of adding additional high schools to the two currently operating within the diocese.
The four regions that will be evaluated through this process are the Coastal region (including New Bern/Havelock/Jacksonville/Morehead City); the Fayetteville region (including Pinehurst and Southern Pines); the Triangle region (Chapel Hill and Durham); and the Wilmington region.
The feasibility studies will form a preliminary vision for proposed schools by conducting market research surveys and integrating survey results with demographic data and determining enrollment potential. Specific issues to be explored and addressed in this process include:
- What will the long-term demographic population look like in each geographic area?
- Is there sufficient long-term enrollment growth to ensure the success and viability of a school?
- Will area families support enrollment and/or pay for a quality Catholic high school education?
The studies will be conducted over the next 12 months. If the research findings demonstrate support for sufficient enrollment, the planning process would continue for the proposed high school(s) to determine financial feasibility and assess costs related to planning and construction.