North Philadelphia Catholic School Closings

St. Malachy Mission School on 1012 Thompson Street.

Due to low enrollment and rising tuition, many Catholic communities have suffered through the closing of their neighborhood Catholic schools in the Greater-Philadelphia area.

In January 2012, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced the plan to close and merge many Catholic schools after the release of the Blue Ribbon Commission Report on Catholic Education.

The Archdiocese planned to close about 45 elementary schools and four high schools in the Greater-Philadelphia area, according to a press release.

In North Philadelphia, many elementary schools were affected. There were no Catholic high schools in Philadelphia that were affected.

Archbishop Chaput released a statement in his blog series on the many concerns he received about closings and merging schools that were stated in the report.

“Over the past week, I’ve received hundreds of emails about the report of our Blue Ribbon Commission on Catholic Education. The report calls for the closing or merger of dozens of our archdiocesan schools. Philadelphia has a long and venerable Catholic school tradition.”

Archbishop Chaput also noted in the series that the report was not about closing Catholics schools but making the Catholic education a priority, which he says is something that has not been done in a long time.

Chaput reminded many parents who were angry or upset by the news that Catholic educators have to look at each school and decipher whether each school is setting the bar and producing high Catholic values.

After a month of evaluating the Blue Commission report, the Archdiocese found different ways to save many elementary and highs schools in and out of the city, according to a press release.

One way to save some of these schools were to turn them into mission schools where a small group of investors and engaged citizens fund these mission schools around the city, according to the Independence Mission School’s website.

Two schools in North Philadelphia, St. Malachy and Holy Cross, were expected to close in 2012, but have been thriving due to the help of Independence Missions, according to its website.

The Archdiocese was able to save four high schools and cancel the closures of 18 elementary schools, according to the 2012 press release.

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia expands through Philadelphia County, Chester County, Montgomery County, Bucks County and Delaware County.

This story map analyzes the final changes of school closings from 2012 in North Philadelphia and shows what schools are still open today.

Click here to view the map of Catholic school closings in North Philadelphia.

To review the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s 2012 press releases, click here.