Where will the students go? The Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced yesterday it will close seven Catholic schools in Philadelphia and Bucks County.
Students from Ascension of Our Lord in Kensington and St. Anne in Port Richmond will both go to Our Lady of Port Richmond, which is 1.3 and 1.8 miles, respectively, from the closing schools. Our Lady of Port Richmond is home to what used to be three Catholic schools on Allegheny Avenue.
St. Cyprian students in West Philadelphia will travel 1.2 miles to Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament and 3.5 miles to Mary Mother of Peace in the Southwest.
Students of St. Hugh of Cluny in Kensington will attend St. Veronica’s about a mile away in North Philadelphia.
In Bucks County, Our Lady of Fatima students will go to St. Charles Borromeo School about three miles away in Bensalem.
New Hope students at St. Martin of Tours will now attend Our Lady of Mt. Carmel 10 miles away in Doylestown, or Newtown’s St. Andrew School, also 10 miles away.
St. Thomas Aquinas students in Croydon will now have four options: St. Charles Borromeo in Bensalem, Holy Family Regional School in Levittown, St. Michael the Archangel in Levittown or St. Mark in Bristol — three, six, six and four miles away, respectively.
All of the schools faced a declining enrollment of between 12 and 56 percent, with fewer than 100 students in some schools.