St. Pius X-St. Matthias Academy welcomes record enrollment

Archbishop José Gomez dedicated the new St. Pius X-St. Matthias Academy on Aug. 9, 2013. A year later, the Downey school has a wait-list for admissions. — Credit: R.W. DELLINGER

One year after becoming a co-ed high school, St. Pius X-St. Matthias Academy in Downey has achieved a record number of students registered for the 2014-2015 school year, and received its highest-ever amount of enrollment applications, leading to an admission wait-list for the first time in the school’s history.

A total of 307 students are currently registered in grades 9-12 at St. Pius X-St. Matthias Academy. The school received a record-high 200 new student applications, of which 191 were accepted for the upcoming school year.

Among the incoming ninth graders, 13 students have been selected to receive the Onward Scholars scholarship, a scholarship program that is only offered at St. Pius X-St. Matthias and pays 75 percent of a participating student’s tuition during all four years of their high school education.

Student enrollment isn’t the only thing that’s growing at St. Pius X-St. Matthias. This year the school is welcoming five new additional teachers to help keep up with the increasing student body. They will teach Spanish, chemistry, geometry and theology classes.


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February 9, 2016

  • Tuesday, February 9

    St. John Fisher Women's Council Shrove Tuesday Luncheon, Check-in and Refreshments 10:00 a.m., Speaker at 11 a.m., Lunch at 12 p.m., Barrett Hall,  St. John Fisher, 5448 Crest Road Rancho Palos Verdes. Guest speaker Monsignor Kevin Kosteknik, first Pastor of the Cathedral  of Our Lady of the Angeles and former Assistant Pastor at St John Fisher Church from 1982-1987, will discuss "How God Works for Us through Mary". Annual fund raiser and proceeds will help support several local charities. Admission $25. Reservations may be made at the Parish Office. Last day for reservations is Friday February 5th. For more information please call Elaine Sweers at (310) 377-7704.

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