Philadelphia, PA - The Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced that John W. Hallahan Catholic Girls' High School and Bishop McDevitt High School be closed after the 2020-2021 academic year.
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia Closing Two High Schools
The Archdiocese has decided to close; both schools will close permanently following the current school year's completion due to declining enrollment.
Hallahan and Bishop McDevitt have rich histories and dedicated faculty, administrators, staff, boards, benefactors, students.
However, they are currently operating at 36% and 40% of enrollment capacity, respectively. Enrollment forecasting reports, developed with state-of-the-art analysis techniques, point to continued declines for both.
"Without painful but necessary action at this juncture, declining enrollment would have caused tuition increases to accelerate rapidly to cover school operating expenses and prohibited these schools from offering an affordable educational experience without incurring massive deficits. "- Philadelphia Archdiocese
In addition, the decline would have seriously jeopardized the ability of these schools to provide rich and diverse academic and extracurricular offerings that families expect and deserve from the gift of Catholic education.