BROWNSVILLE, Texas (ValleyCentral) – Guadalupe Regional Middle School is considered a hidden gem in Brownsville. The school has helped provide low-income students with the opportunity for a Catholic education for the past 20 years.
“Catholic education has become the preserve of the affluent and no longer accessible to those who cannot afford it,” said school president Ed Bergeron.
Guadalupe Regional is the only private Catholic in the state of Texas. Principal Dr. Virginia Miller told ValleyCentral that being able to provide this opportunity for students and their families has made them grateful.
“They’re just very grateful, they’re very humbled about the blessing that Guadalupe has given their families.” said Miller. “Because they know that even if it’s only for three years, they wouldn’t have had that opportunity at all.”
With only 58 students currently enrolled at Guadalupe, the school has relied entirely on community donations for 20 years.
“We have to raise that money every year, so without those contributions, without the grants that we’re asking for, without the generosity of the community, it could be in jeopardy every year,” Miller said.
Teachers who have been with the school since it opened in 2002 are happy that it has lasted so long. They also remember all the students who walked through the halls.
“We’re more like a family because it’s a small school and the kids get to know you very well,” said teacher Patricia Flota.
But Guadalupe has many more plans for the future and is grateful to the community that has kept them open.
“We couldn’t have done it without them,” Bergeron said. “The Catholic community here in Brownsville, the business community in Brownsville is just amazing, this place just couldn’t exist without them.”
Guadalupe Regional Middle is school is always looking to expand and looking to enroll more students. Those interested can apply on the school’s website website.