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Saint Camillus Academy
The post and lintel around what was formerly the entrance to the original building
Address
709 Roy Kidd Avenue
Corbin, Kentucky, 40701
United States
Information
Denomination Roman Catholic
Established 1908
Founder Sisters of Divine Providence
School district Corbin Independent School District
Oversight Diocese of Lexington
Principal Mrs. Dorothy Smith
Teaching staff 11.4 (FTE) (as of 2007-08)
Grades Prekindergarten-8
Gender Coed
Enrollment 197 (as of 2007-08)
Student to teacher ratio 14.3 (as of 2007-08)

Saint Camillus Academy was a Catholic school located in Corbin, Kentucky, established in 1908 by the Sisters of Divine Providence with the help of the Diocese of Covington. The school originally served students in grades 1-12 and included boarding facilities for girls, but in 2012 was closed and in 2013 sold its building to Corbin Schools System. For the 2013–14 and the first semester of the 2014-15 school year it was home to the Corbin Educational Center. The Corbin Educational Center, or CEC, is a Day Treatment school under the Corbin Independent School District. It provides day treatment services for students from Corbin, Williamsburg, and Whitley County. Over Christmas break of the 2014-15 school year CEC returned to the former Corbin City Utilities building. The former Saint Camillus site will now be home to the new Corbin Middle School. Demolition of the current building is set to begin in early 2016 with the construction of the new CMS to follow soon after.

History

Sacred Heart School was established as a parish school in 1908 with the assistance of the Sisters of Divine Providence. The Sisters took over operation of the school from the parish in 1913, at which time the school became known as Saint Camillus Academy. A new building was constructed and a high school program added. By 1972, the school had an enrollment of 300 in grades 1-12 and a second building was erected. A kindergarten program was added in 1985. In 1996, a Montessori preschool program was added and the high school program was closed.

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Saint Camillus Academy
Saint Camillus Academy entryway.jpg
Entryway to the original building
Location Center Street, Corbin, Kentucky
Built 1921
Architect Robert E. Crowe
Architectural style Prairie School
NRHP reference No. 86000607
Added to NRHP 1986-03-28

The school was initially housed in a rented residence on Laurel Street. A thirty-five acre site was purchased in 1914 and the school's first permanent building was dedicated in May 1915. An annex that included a chapel and library was added in 1921. After a new building was constructed in 1973, the older building continued to be used for classes and as a residence. The 1914 building was demolished in June 2008.

The current campus includes two buildings, a pavilion, and environmental science facilities that were recognized when the school was named a 2009 PRIDE Campus of the Year. Funds from the PRIDE program have assisted in the school establishing "two wetlands, a butterfly garden, a greenhouse, nature trail and two tracking boxes."

Extracurricular activities

St. Camillus students participate in a variety of academic challenges including the National Geography Bee, Math and Science Club, Knox County Spelling Bee, and multi-leveled academic competition among the surrounding counties.

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