The Archdiocese Plans to Close Both Hallahan & Bishop McDevitt High Schools
In a shocking announcement The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has decided to close both =John W. Hallahan Catholic Girls’ High School and Bishop McDevitt High School at the end of the 2020-2021 school year.
After reviewing current enrollment, projected numbers as well as retention rates and regional trends The Archdiocese of Philadelphia felt it was in their best interest to close both notable catholic schools.
“Today is one of great sadness. Catholic education is a precious gift that bears lifelong fruit to all those who receive it. The closure of any Catholic school is deeply painful, most especially for the students, teachers, faculty, staff, alumni, and supporters so intimately connected to them. I know that today’s announcement will weigh heavily on every member of the Hallahan and McDevitt school communities. I share in that grief. Understanding that this moment is one of extreme difficulty, I pledge that we will provide every possible assistance during this transition and that the rich legacy of these schools will be upheld. I have an obligation to ensure that each of our students is being provided with the best educational experience possible and that their teachers and coaches are provided with the resources to fulfill that mission. Given circumstances, those resources were depleting rapidly and could not be restored. My prayers are with all of you and my heartfelt gratitude goes out to our school families for choosing the gift of Catholic education as well as the faculty, administrators, and staff working each day to provide it.” Archbishop Nelson Pérez. stated
Considering the downward trends of enrollment and retention if the schools would remain open the reaming student’s tuitions would increase to cover the loses. For now the remainder of the school year will go as planned for both schools.