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Duluth’s private schools see uptick in enrollment

DULUTH, MN-- Summer usually being a time of rest has been everything but for employees of Duluth Marshall, an independent school.

"My team of about ten administrators has been here almost every day all summer," said Head of School, Kevin Breen.

Aside from planning for the 2020-2021 school year, Marshall is seeing an uptick in enrollment.

"We are seeing several applicants a day," said Breen.

Breen said Thursday with an influx of applications the school is going to have to place a cap.

"The caps are going to have to be per grade and they're going to be with the size of the classroom, number of bodies in the classroom," said Breen.

Breen said he doesn't know if the uptick in inquires is because of the pandemic but he thinks it definitely made people more aware of other educational opportunities.

"It allowed us to have an attentive audience. We believe what we've been doing here at Marshall is a different learning opportunity, it's not for everybody but everyone should be aware that it exists," added Breen.

Duluth Marshall isn't the only one seeing the increase, Duluth's Stella Maris Academy is also seeing several inquires.

Principal, Julianne Blazevic said Thursday parents want their children exposed to face-to-face learning.

"I think there is a percentage of families that want their kids back on a physical site versus online," said Blazevic.

Private schools also have smaller class sizes, Blazevic said that could also be a factor, especially right now.

"They want to make sure that their child is a smaller environment," said Blazevic.

As of now, both schools are looking to provide on-site learning and remote choice for families, but everything is fluid.

"We have to be flexible and families need to be flexible as well," said Blazevic.

Lyanne Valdez

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