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Private schools seeing increased interest due to school restrictions

Posted at 6:08 PM, Sep 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-15 18:08:31-04

TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WKBW) — With many public schools switching to a hybrid or fully remote model this fall, private schools are seeing more interest.

"We've had families calling and checking in," Tammy Huber from Cardinal O'Hara said, "Recently it's been the public school families checking out private education which is nice."

Administrators at Cardinal O'Hara High School say they have seen many more tours than usual this time of year, mostly filled with parents who are waiting to see if the hybrid learning will work for their child.

"Families are just trying to get acclimated to (the learning) to see what works," Huber said, "so i feel like once they start getting into ti they may find that it is more difficult for their students to do virtual and may look for other options."

For private schools like Cardinal O’Hara, the ability to have students physically in the building full-time is a major attraction. Tuition is $9,975 for the year.

A spokesperson for Canisius High School said interest in enrollment is up this year. Nichols says its enrollment is up as well.