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Just imagine ... a Catholic High School opens August 2018 in Temecula

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TEMECULA—On October 16, an event took place at Saint Jeanne de Lestonnac Catholic School in Temecula that has never happened before, and will never happen again. 

 The eighth grade students at Saint Jeanne participated in a “Just Imagine” afternoon hosted by students from Xavier College Prep High School in Palm Desert. 

 Typically, high schools invite prospective students to a “shadow day” experience to see what it would be like to attend that school as an incoming freshman. Saint Jeanne de Lestonnac Catholic High School will open its doors in August 2018, so, currently, there are no students to “shadow.” 

 Thinking outside the box, Saint Jeanne de Lestonnac Catholic High School Principal Annette Zaleski proposed an idea to Xavier Principal Jimmy Tricco. 

 “The idea was for Xavier students to bring a glimpse of the high school experience to Temecula and show this community the joys and benefits of a Catholic high school education,” she said. 

 Mr. Tricco agreed to rally some enthusiastic students of the Xavier community to lead a prayer experience and mini-spirit assembly. After a lunch shared in the new outdoor commons area, the Saint Jeanne eighth graders were divided into three groups and rotated through activities in the gym, chapel, and learning labs on campus. Students were given a tour of the high school learning spaces on campus that will be utilized until the high school building construction is complete. 

 Mr. Tricco and the students also shared dinner and insightful perspectives with prospective students and their parents at the Information Night that followed that evening. 

 “It was a grace to be present with you, Sr. Ernestine, your staff, and your potential students and parents,” said Tricco. “Our group left inspired and grateful to know that the Saint Jeanne community is animating the Gospel message.” 

 The Early Admissions Deadline for the high school is Friday, November 17, 2017. In honor of the 25th anniversary of Saint Jeanne de Lestonnac Catholic School in Temecula, an amazing tuition incentive is being offered to this inaugural class. Students who apply and pay the application and registration fees by November 17th will receive a $2,500 discount on tuition each of the four years, and the tuition will be locked in for this class, said Sister Ernestine Velarde, President of Saint Jeanne de Lestonnac Catholic School. “This is an incredible opportunity, educationally and financially, that we don’t want parents to miss,” she said. 

 More information can be found on the website at www.sjdls.com under the High School tab, by calling the school office at 951-587-2505, or by emailing Principal Zaleski at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..