School is back in session at Father Lopez Catholic High School, and school officials are proclaiming this to be a record-setting year. This year’s enrollment of 439 students is an all-time high for the Daytona Beach school. The previous mark of 419 was set in 1983.
Bolstered by 23 transfer students and 127 incoming freshmen, the area’s only Catholic high school continues to experience significant growth since relocating to its state-of-the-art campus in 2008. According to the school’s president, Dr. Michael Coury, student enrollment has increased over sixty percent during the first six years at the sprawling campus on LPGA Boulevard. Enrollment had declined to 269 during the school’s final year at its initial campus at Mason and Nova Road.
“We are humbled that so many families are making Father Lopez their school-of-choice,” commented Coury. “Moreover, we are honored that parents have entrusted us to be their partners in the educational and spiritual formation of their sons and daughters.”
Last year’s enrollment at Lopez numbered 407. That marked the first time enrollment had passed the 400 student milestone since 1985. With a senior class of only 74 students, the school is positioned to experience continued growth in the years ahead.
To accommodate the increased enrollment, additional teaching and guidance positions were added. “As we continue to grow, we do not want to lose our ability to provide personal care and attention for each and every one of our students”, noted Coury.
Founded in 1959, Father Lopez Catholic High School enrolls students from 30 different zip code areas from Daytona Beach and surrounding communities in Volusia, Flagler and Seminole counties. The school also attracts international students from nine other countries. All students experience a rigorous college-preparatory program of studies offered in a faith-filled environment. Lopez educators partner with parents, the first teachers of their children, to share values, doctrine and knowledge. Working together to develop spiritual, physical and moral gifts through academic excellence, Father Lopez helps students to discover their full human potential.