Cathedral Academy School set to close next year

New Orleans, La. – The Superintendent of Catholic Schools, Dr. Jan Lancaster , announced that the school would close effective with the 2013-2014 school year Tuesday night.

Lancaster says the closure is a result of the strategic plan undertaken by the Archdiocese of New Orleans Office of Catholic Schools nearly two years ago.  The planning document established objective parameters to aid school leaders in making decisions about school closures and the decision was made to close the school using this criteria.

"We know that this decision may cause some angst among parents and students, but we are doing all in our power to make this an easy and smooth transition for everyone," said Lancaster.

St. Stephen Catholic School in Uptown New Orleans has agreed to accept any student from Cathedral Academy who would like to enroll there.

At a meeting Tuesday, parents were given a packet of information about St. Stephen as well as the other Catholic schools throughout Orleans Parish.

While there will be a place for every Cathedral Academy student at St. Stephen, Lancaster says parents may choose to send their child to any Catholic school.

Those families who choose to register at St. Stephen will have the opportunity to register with returning students and visit the campus at an open house specifically for the Cathedral Academy community before the registration deadline.

The Office of Catholic Schools will be available to assist families in selecting another Catholic school for their child and to aid in the registration process.

"Change is difficult but it is our goal to create a strong family of Catholic schools in our area," said Dr. Lancaster.  "We want to work with families to help them make the best decisions for their children."

School officials say Cathedral Academy is the only Catholic school in the archdiocese set to close this year.  However, several area Catholic schools that were being considered for closure have experienced enrollment growth and/or met important benchmarks that have allowed them to remain open.