At Crisis there is a wonderful piece about the revival of a dying Catholic school through the application of – dare I say it – Catholic common sense. HERE
The school is attached to Sacred Heart parish in Grand Rapids, MI where Fr. Robert Sirico (also of Acton Institute) was pastor until his recent retirement.
When he arrived the school was moribund. When he retired it was thriving. They even opened a high school! People are moving there because of the school. Fr. Sirico talks about the changes they made.
Perhaps priests with parish schools and lay people involved in them should read this article and carefully weigh the implications.