GRETNA, MAN.—At the start of September, Mennonite Collegiate Institute (MCI) eagerly welcomed 142 students for the 2013-14 school year, representing an 8 percent increase from the previous school year and the highest enrolment in three years. In its second year, the combined Grade 7/8 class increased by more than 50 percent, from 13 to 20 students. Over the years, enrolment has been an ever-present concern for MCI administration. “When we see families continuing to entrust their kids to us for their education and for their care, it’s humbling and it’s exciting,” says vice-principal Cheryl Braun, adding, “Increased numbers means increased diversity, which we are thrilled about.” Principal Darryl Loewen sees great promise for the future of MCI. “We are so pleased about the high enrolment, particularly given that much of the increase is seen at the younger grades,” he says. “Given our high rate of re-enrolment, this suggests a sustainable trend for the future.” Since 1889*, MCI has been offering education grounded in Anabaptist Christian values in small classroom settings with a focus on community and faith integrated into academic and co-curricular activities.
*[Edited, 9 October, 2013. Date corrected from 1989 to 1889]