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New Rochelle's Blessed Sacrament High to Close

The high school was one of 24 private Catholic schools, 22 of which are elementary schools, that will close in June.

Blessed Sacrament/St. Gabriel High School in New Rochelle will close at the end of the current school year.

The Archdiocese of New York made the announcement Tuesday that Blessed Sacrament will be included in the 24 schools in Manhattan, the Bronx and Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess, Rockland and Ulster counties that were considered at risk and will be shuttered in June.

Twenty-two of the schools are elementary schools, affecting 4,341 students. St. Agnes Boys High School in Manhattan, the other secondary school to be closed, and Blessed Sacrament have 424 students.

A press release from the Archdiocese said the months-long review and eventual decision involved local pastors, principals, administrators, and elected officials.

The review took into account enrollment, finances, academic and local demographics.

"Affected families will be welcomes in neighboring Catholic schools," the press release stated, "and every effort will be made to assist those who are facing financial challenges making the transition. Student placement counselors will work with regional superintendents to help school families transition into another Catholic school for the 2013-2014 school year."

The Archdiocese will announced informational meeting for affected schools in the coming weeks.

Cristina Cerone January 23, 2013 at 03:17 PM
what a shame!
Marie January 23, 2013 at 04:23 PM
I can't believe it This high school had a resource room which I believe was the only catholic hs that offered this in westchester county. What about the kids that need that help. Where do they go now.
Melanie McKay January 24, 2013 at 12:05 AM
It's sad that Blessed Sacrament High School is closing. The boys still have Salesian as an alternative that is nearby. But what about the girls. Ursuline is no where near close by to Blessed Sacrament.
Lucia January 24, 2013 at 05:11 PM
Too bad):
Mike McHugh February 03, 2013 at 06:25 AM
I am a 1968 graduate - so sad - I have donated money over the years but it obviously took much more. What a great school and what great spirit - the Cardinals - my God I am so upset Mike McHugh = 1968
Kevin February 07, 2013 at 07:47 PM
Well, whatayaknow.
george curren March 19, 2013 at 05:47 PM
I was part of the first graduating class in 1946. Great school and the brothers taught us a lot. I'm very sad about the school closing.

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