Fewer Catholic School Choices For Families

by NYC Firm Schools on August 22, 2011

In September 2011, New York City and surrounding counties in New York State (Westchester, Rockland, Putnam, Sullivan, Orange, Dutchess and Ulster) will have fewer Catholic Firm Schools due to a reconfiguration of the Archdiocese of New York. In Jan. 2011, the Archdiocese of New York announced the following schools will not re-open for this school year:

Manhattan (New York City)

  • Saint Joseph of the Holy Family
  • All Saints
  • Our Lady of Sorrow

Bronx (New York City)

  • Saint Augustine
  • Saint John Vianney
  • Saint Martin of Tours
  • Saint Dominic
  • Saint Anthony-Saint Frances
  • Saint Pius V Girls High School

Staten Island (New York City)

  • Saint Margaret Mary
  • Saint Sylvester
  • Saint Roch
  • Saint Mary

Westchester/Putnam (New York State)

  • Saint Ann, Ossining
  • Saint Anthony of Padua, West Harrison
  • Christ the King, Yonkers
  • Saint Bartholomew, Yonkers
  • Saint Mary, Yonkers
  • Saint Joseph, Croton Falls
  • Saint John the Evangelist, Mahopac
  • Sacred Heart School for the Arts, Mount Vernon
  • Saints Peter and Paul, Mount Vernon

Ulster and Orange Counties (New York State)

  • Sacred Heart, Highland Falls (Orange County)
  • Saint Thomas of Canterbury, Cornwall-on-Hudson (Orange County)
  • Saint Joseph, New Windsor (Orange County)
  • Saint Augustine, Highland (Ulster County)
  • Saint Joseph, Middletown (Orange County)

Since that time, added to the list of closures: Rice High School (Manhattan) and Saint Peter’s High School for Girls (Staten Island). Sacred Heart School for the Arts (Mount Vernon) will remain open.

The reasons given for closing the schools include a decline in enrollment at the schools and some infrastructure issues at some — overall, the school system ran a 24 million dollar deficit. As the Archdiocese of New York tries to figure out how to reorganize and restructure to decrease closings in the future, Superintendent Dr. Timothy McNiff proposes moving control of the schools from parishes to local boards and shared resources. After a pilot system involving “regionalizing” control, a new system to govern schools within the Archdiocese of New York could be in place by fall 2013.

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