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Record Enrollment for CatholicLink Partners

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From St. Norbert College, September 5, 2018
by Mike Counter,, 920-403-3089

CatholicLink, a partnership between St. Norbert College, Notre Dame Academy and GRACE Schools, is seeing record enrollments.

St. Norbert recorded the largest class in the college’s history of 623 incoming freshmen. Notre Dame Academy has a record-breaking freshmen class as well, and GRACE is experiencing enrollment growth for the third year in a row.

“The work of CatholicLink is an extension of our collective missions,” said St. Norbert College President Brian Bruess. “We are all called to provide a unique, high-caliber, Catholic education for our local and global communities. It’s terrific to see that together we are growing in numbers.”

“Our CatholicLink connections have greatly assisted us in attracting 222 freshmen to Notre Dame Academy. This is our largest freshmen class ever,” said Notre Dame Academy President Kevin Shaw. “The unified efforts and spirit of St. Norbert, Notre Dame and GRACE as CatholicLink since 2014 have advanced our collective quality and growth in so many important ways.”

“This dynamic partnership assists our effort to grow Catholic education in our region and strengthen regional partnerships together. GRACE schools are 2,193 students strong and growing as we opened the doors this fall. This momentum allows us to offer strong academics and faith to more students and more families,” said Kim Desotell, president of GRACE Schools.

CatholicLink is an innovative partnership of pre-K through college institutions committed to creating world-class Catholic education in Greater Green Bay. The partners are Green Bay Area Catholic Education (GRACE), Notre Dame Academy and St. Norbert College. This model of individually owned and operated schools working together to advance elementary, high school and college Catholic education is unique nationally. To learn more about CatholicLink, visit

Who are the CatholicLink Partners?

The GRACE system has nine schools that provide excellence in early childhood through eighth-grade education and serves the 23 Catholic parishes within the Greater Green Bay community. GRACE schools range in offerings and locations, and each has its own distinct history, focus and parish connections. GRACE is among the largest Catholic school systems in the state of Wisconsin.

Notre Dame Academy is a college preparatory high school in the Catholic tradition founded by the Norbertine order, sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet and the Diocese of Green Bay. Notre Dame Academy’s high-caliber educational community is focused on outstanding learning and creating a lifetime of opportunity for all students.

The only Norbertine college in the world, St. Norbert is a four-year Catholic liberal arts institution nestled beside the Fox River in De Pere, Wis., neighboring Green Bay. Founded in 1898, the college became coeducational in 1952. Today, the residential campus serves approximately 2,200 undergraduate and graduate students, hailing from throughout the United States and nearly 20 countries.

Recent years have seen record enrollments and unprecedented investments in the St. Norbert campus. The academic excellence of the college is nationally recognized by U.S. News & World Report, Forbes, Princeton Review and others.

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