Enrollment is up at Elk Island Catholic Schools (EICS) in Fort Saskatchewan this year.
There are 1,279 students in the local Catholic schools in 2018 opposed to 1,175 students in 2017 (an increase of 8.85 per cent). 
Most of the jump comes from the new high school, St. André Bessette.
"The new school's been very attractive. It's a beautiful location with the Taurus Field just across the way and the Dow Centennial Center," said Shawn Haggarty, superintendent of EICS.
EICS went through a large configuration over the summer. St. John Paul II is now a middle school and Our Lady of the Angels and St. John XXIII are elementary schools. A large factor of the reconfiguration was due to overcrowding.
St. André Bessette has 104 new students enrolled from the previous year at St. John Paul II.
"We're well positioned for growth because we have room in all of our schools. So with the new school, right through to 2026 we're well set up to be able to grow and meet the needs of the community."

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