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15 Catholic Schools To Close In Metro Detroit

Archdiocese Cites Declining Enrollment, Financial Problems

UPDATED: 10:12 am EST March 17, 2005

The Archdiocese of Detroit has announced the closure of more than a dozen Catholic schools in metro Detroit.

Financial problems and declining enrollment are blamed for the closures, which will take effect at the end of the current school year. An official announcement was made Wednesday about the closing of seven high schools and eight elementary schools, according to the Archdiocese of Detroit.

The Archdiocese released a list of the schools including the current enrollment (listed below in parenthesis). The schools will close at the end of the current school year.

  • Bishop Borgess High School and Academy, Redford Township (103)
  • Trinity Catholic High School, Harper Woods (163)
  • East Catholic High School, Detroit (124)
  • Holy Redeemer High School, Detroit (189)
  • St. Martin de Porres High School, Detroit (224)
  • Notre Dame High School, Harper Woods (295)
  • St. Clement High School, Center Line (127)
  • St. Benedict Elementary, Highland Park (135)
  • St. Casimir Elementary, Detroit (127)
  • St. Luke and St. Brigid Elementary, Detroit (143)
  • St. Mel Elementary, Dearborn Heights (119)
  • Transfiguration Elementary (100)
  • Our Lady Queen of Angels Elementary, Detroit (87)
  • St. Alphonsus Elementary, Dearborn
  • St. Florian Elementary, Hamtramck

In addition, two other schools will close and another will close one of its campuses at the end of the 2004-2005 school year.

  • The McDougall Campus of East Catholic Elementary, Detroit (97)
  • St. Mary Magdalen Elementary, Melvindale (112)
  • Dominican High and Academy, Detroit (97)

    The closings will affect 2,241 students or 5 percent of the total school population. The Archdiocese said that enrollment in Detroit-based Catholic schools has declined 47 percent in the past five years, from 7,674 to 4,100.

    More than 180 teachers will be affected by the closures, according to the Archdiocese.

    The Archdiocese released a statement from Cardinal Adam Maida Tuesday describing the necessity to close the schools "as one of the toughest decisions" he's had to make as an archbishop.

    "While this is a sad day, we believe in the resurrection and we trust that the mission of Catholic education will continue in a new and strong way. That gives me great hope," said Maida.

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