Low enrollment halts plans for St. Blaise Regional School in Manayunk

    With the 2011-2012 school year barely over, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia is making plans for next year. And that includes letting go of plans for St. Blaise Regional School.

    Meant to serve students in Manayunk and East Falls as they say goodbye to Saint Bridget School and Holy Child Regional School, St. Blaise only had 155 students enrolled as of Friday.

    “The quality Catholic education that school families deserve could not be provided unless enrollment reached at least 250 students,” a statement from the diocese reads. “The parishes do not have the resources needed to cover the financial costs which would be incurred with an enrollment of less than 250 students. The sponsoring parishes would not have been able to afford teachers’ salaries or to administer the school with the programs promised.”

     

    Families can instead register their students at Immaculate Heart of Mary in Roxborough; Our Mother of Consolation in Chestnut Hill; Saint Philip Neri in Lafayette Hill, Montgomery County; Saint Genevieve in Flourtown, Montgomery County; Saint Margaret in Narberth, Montgomery County; and Saint Francis Xavier in Philadelphia.

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