Nestled on almost fourteen acres in the heart of Broomall, Pennsylvania, Saint Pius X School’s (SPX) campus includes the parish church, rectory, convent, school building, and community center in addition to green space and play areas for the children.
Having opened its doors in 1957, SPX boasts more than 4,000 alumni located around the globe! SPX alums include a sports writer for a large daily newspaper, a major league umpire, an NBA referee, countless doctors, teachers, and lawyers—not to mention a number of clergy!
Currently, the school educates nearly 400 children in grades Preschool through eighth. Two hundred fifty plus families live in Havertown and Broomall. Students receive a comprehensive, rigorous, religious, and relevant education that prepares them for high school, college, and beyond.
Religion and community service are focal points of the curriculum. The spiritual development of students is vital. Students are encouraged to proclaim the Gospel message: love God and love your neighbor. Everyone strives to develop a faith community where children express care and concern for others. Prayer and a relationship with God are evident through the actions of SPX students. Saint Pius X School is blessed to have Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary work with students on a daily basis. In addition, the priests in the parish frequently visit classrooms to lecture and to interact with all students. Students regularly celebrate Mass as a school.
Saint Pius X School has strong community ties. Various school programs afford students the opportunity to give back to their community by donating their time and talents to help the less fortunate. For example, Saint Pius X Parish participates in the Catholic HEART Workcamp Program. Through this program, SPX eighth grade students and young teens from the community are encouraged to live as disciples of Christ by serving others through participation in social service projects. Some recent projects included home repair, painting, yard work, indoor cleaning, and basic construction. In addition, SPX offers a Summer Enrichment Camp Program. For the past ten years, this camp has offered full and half day sessions that cover a wide variety of interests including the arts, academics, and athletics. These camp sessions are held on the school campus and are available to SPX students as well as children from the surrounding communities. Finally, the SPX School Prayer Corner offers spiritual support to those in the community struggling with illness, the death of a loved one, or other family hardship. Through the Prayer Corner Program the school community is notified via email of the families in need of prayer.
The school provides traditional academics such as religion, music, art, physical education, honors math, and even a Spanish program. In addition to this, students have a wealth of technology resources at their disposal—a fully equipped computer lab; chromebooks for students in grades 3-8; a multimedia projection room; classrooms outfitted with cutting-edge computers, projectors, mounted whiteboards; and a computerized library.
The list of academic awards, high school scholarships, and high standardized test scores is long! Many students have received scholarships and have gone on to attend a myriad of local parochial and private schools such as St. Joseph’s Prep, Merion Mercy Academy, Devon Prep, Notre Dame Academy, Sacred Heart Academy, Cardinal O’Hara, Archbishop Carroll, Bonner-Prendergast, and more.
SPX School is also proud to offer a learning center where students who need extra help receive reading and language arts support; a hot lunch program where students can purchase a nutritious, warm meal daily; a before-care and an after-school child care program so that parents know that their children are safe and being cared for while they are at work; and countless athletic and extracurricular programs. In fact, SPX athletic teams have received numerous championships, accolades, and awards.
The SPX support system is great! The Home and School Association actively supports programs for students and families including sponsoring a Halloween Dance-A-Thon, a Designer Bag Bingo, a back-to-school barbecue, Santa Secret Shop, and a Craft Fair. Founded in 2001, the Saint Pius X School Endowment focuses on securing the future of SPX School to ensure its strong presence in the community for years to come. The Endowment currently supports an art program and technology enhancements throughout the school. In addition to these groups, the SPX alumni network is strong.
As one can see, at Saint Pius X School we take the mission of educating students seriously. All understand that the groundwork for a lifetime of learning is essential. The SPX community is proud to be celebrating 60 years of doing so!
Home and School
President: Jamie Malatesta
Vice President: Mike Donohue
Secretary: Jill DeMarco
Treasurer: Nicole Duffy
Room Parent Coordinator: Cathy Hinkley