This is a very exciting time for Saint Kilian Parish School. Although the history of our parish began back in 1917, the history of our school is currently being written.
In June, 2001, the boundaries of Saint Kilian Parish in Mars, PA, and Saint Ferdinand Parish in Cranberry, PA, were realigned. The result of this was a significant change and dramatic growth for Saint Kilian Parish. On July 2, 2001, Bishop Wuerl appointed Father Charles Bober as Pastor of Saint Kilian with the specific responsibility of preparing the people for this change and initiating the Second Century Campaign to raise funds for a much needed building project.
During the planning sessions for the new building project, it became evident that the influx of parishioners created a need for additional meeting space and CCD classrooms. With one-third of the parishioners being 17 years old and younger, the idea of also using the new space for a Catholic grade school was introduced. A survey to assess interest in a school was completed in the Fall of 2002, resulting in an overwhelming positive response. The plans for the new school were initiated and construction began on the Franklin Road/Route 228 site in April, 2007. Saint Kilian Parish School would be the first brand-new Catholic grade school built in the Diocese of Pittsburgh in almost 40 years.
During the time that finances for the new school were being secured, there was a demand for early education that could be met with Saint Kilian's current facilities. In September, 2006, a preschool for three and four year olds was opened. Success with the program was evident from the very beginning, and immediately the demand for Kindergarten was answered. In August, 2007, Saint Kilian School began both full-day and half-day Kindergarten.
As Saint Kilian's preschool and kindergarten programs were being implemented, the construction of the new school building was taking place. Saint Kilian Parish School officially opened its doors at the new facility on September 2, 2008 for students in Preschool through Grade 4, adding a grade level each year until 2012 when the facility reached completion at Grade 8. Our first graduating class took part in a graduation Mass and ceremony on May 31, 2013. 85% of the class continues on in Catholic area High Schools.
Saint Kilian Parish School is now a complete building offering a full range of competitive classes that meet the needs of all learners.
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