Infant of Prague Catholic School will soon welcome students in grades 9-12 for the first time ever and will be the only Catholic school in Onslow and surrounding counties to offer a high school education. Infant of Prague Catholic School is currently located at 501 Bordeaux Street in Jacksonville and has been open since the 1950s. Principal Jennifer Feldhaus said an increase in enrollment has led to the need for another facility.
When we first began looking for another facility, we looked into mobile classrooms, we looked into expanding within the footprint of our current campus but it was a two-fold expansion,” Feldhaus said. “We needed to add additional grade levels, meaning we needed to have another kindergarten class and another first-grade class because we had so many students on waiting lists. But we also needed to add the 9th-12th grades so that we have a high school offering for our families in the area.
This is why the school purchased a building on Anne Street, which Feldhaus said is perfect. The new campus will house grades 5-12 while the current campus will hold pre-k through fourth grade. Feldhaus added the split will allow their current facilities to expand and have more classes. There has been a high interest for a Catholic high school,” Feldhaus said. “The closest one to us is in Greenville. When we’re looking at high school options for our families in the area, our families want a quality education. They’re looking for schools that are accredited and we maintain the same accreditation that Onslow County public schools do. That means our teachers are licensed, there are ongoing improvements, processes and our students will be able to earn a North Carolina diploma upon graduation.