9 Catholic schools in city and suburbs to close; 2 others to be reconfigured

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Chicago's Catholic school system announced nine schools in the city and the suburbs will close their doors at the end of this coming school year.

The nine schools are three times as many as last year. Two more schools will be reconfigured. Schools in Lake and Cook County will be impacted and the suburbs are included.

The archdiocese says its due to low enrollment and shifting demographics.

1,280 students will be affected and more than 200 teachers and staff.

Francis Cardinal George has made cuts like this before. He leaves his post November 18th retiring after 17 years on the job. Making these cuts was perhaps one of his last tasks. It was not an easy one, but the archdiocese claims it was for the betterment of catholic schools overall. They continue to say it is to make Catholic schools in general more viable.

The archdiocese won't say how much money these closings will save nor will they say how much money its currently losing. But they will say any child that wants spot next year gets one.

According to a news release, six school facilities will close at the end of June 2015 including:

  • St. Peter, 8140 Niles Center Road, Skokie
  • St. Hyacinth, 3640 West Wolfram, Chicago
  • St. Ladislaus, 3330 North Lockwood Avenue, Chicago
  • St. Turibius, 4120 West 57th Street, Chicago
  • St. Rene Goupil, 6340 South New England Avenue, Chicago
  • St. Lawrence O’Toole, 4101 St. Lawrence Avenue, Matteson

Several other schools are being reconfigured or consolidated. These changes will take effect July 1, 2015:

  • In Chicago, students at St. Dorothy’s, 7740 South Eberhard Avenue, will join students at St. Columbanus School, 7120 South Calumet Avenue, to form the new Augustus Tolton Catholic Academy.
  • In Lake County, students from Holy Cross School, 720 Elder Lane in Deerfield, will merge with students at St. James School, 140 North Avenue in Highwood.
  • In Des Plaines, students from Our Lady of Destiny School, 1880 Ash Street, will merge with students at St. Zachary School, 567 West Algonquin Road.
  • The Nativity Early Childhood Center, 2740 West 68th Street in Chicago, will continue to serve the Marquette Park neighborhood, with the potential partnership of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago.
  • In fall 2015, Saint Agatha Catholic Academy, 3151 West Douglas Boulevard in Chicago, will become an early Childhood Center, with a potential partnership with Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago.

 

 

 

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6 comments

  • ZebraStripes

    Growing up and attending a Catholic grade school in Chicago years ago taught me one thing: never send my kids to one. Seems like a lot of my fellow students were taught the same lesson.

    • smurfy

      Obviously you are not well informed about the Catholic Schools and are using one experience to judge all others. Isn’t that what we teach or children not to do?

  • Vanessa Salas

    Tuition is out of hand and has been for a long time! Families simply cannot afford sending their kids to private schools and when you have more than 1 child it’s tough. Not everyone makes 6 figures a year.

  • Dee Marie

    When I attended Catholic school a million years ago, each of us put money in the collection basket every Sunday at mass to support the church. And Mom struggled but was able to make ends meet enough to pay for tuition and uniforms. Can’t pay tuition? Then it’s off to the public school down the street. Now the “demographics” have changed, you hardly see anyone putting money in the basket except for the really old folks. I moved away, but I routinely get letters asking me as an alumni to pay the tuition of those who have come to expect a free ride in life. And THAT is why the schools are closing.

  • Monica DeLorenzo

    Catholic schools are the Chicago success story. The CPS offers little more than a weak baby sitting service at best for the Grammar school students. The High schools, other than the magnet schools are a haven for the gangs, drug dealers and teachers that have given up on administration for the most part. Catholic schools are the Real Chicago Hope! One must then ask, If closing Catholic Schools is the answer, what was the question?