Feb 202013
 

Xavier University Prep marches in the Hermes parade on Napoleon Avenue on Feb. 9, 2013. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Xavier University Preparatory School, the all-girls Catholic school on Magazine Street in Uptown New Orleans, will close at the end of the year, according to an announcement on its website.

The announcement reads in full:

SISTERS OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT ANNOUNCE CLOSURE OF XAVIER UNIVERSITY PREPARATORY SCHOOL AT THE COMPLETION OF THE 2012-2013 SCHOOL YEAR

BENSALEM, PA February 2013

The Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament announced that Xavier University Preparatory School will close at the conclusion of the 2012-2013 school year (July 2013). After much prayer and deliberation, it is with very heavy hearts that the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament have come to this decision.

The Sisters have informed faculty and staff, as well as families of students, about the closure.

The Board of Directors, the School Administration, and the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament worked tirelessly to meet the financial challenges facing the Prep, but after reviewing the financial projections for the 2013-14 school year, the Sisters concluded that the Prep does not have a financially sustainable future.

Xavier Prep has a tremendous ninety-eight year history in New Orleans forming the lives of countless young students who have gone on to success in every arena. The Sisters deeply regret that their decision could not be different, but due to the realities of their congregation’s limited resources and those of the Prep, no other decision was possible.

Sister Patricia Suchalski, S.B.S., President, and the S.B.S. Leadership Team

The school has also posted a press release in response:

Press Release from Xavier University Preparatory School regarding the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament decision to close Xavier Prep

Xavier Prep is thankful to the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament for their leadership in directing our school for 98 years. While our hearts are heavy with this news, the academic success of our students remains our #1 priority and we are certain that for them, the best is yet to come.

We remain committed to the students and families of Xavier Prep and will work with the Archdiocese of New Orleans to help all students transition to new schools, if need be.

We know that God walks with us during these difficult times and we are thankful to all of the Prep alumni, family, and friends who continue to lift us up in prayer.

Although Xavier Prep is neither owned nor operated by the Archdiocese of New Orleans, but Archbishop Gregory Aymond “described the closure as sad and surprising [and] said their offers of financial resources to the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament were declined,” according to our partners at WWL-TV. A meeting about options to keep the school open will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Dr. Martin Luther King Charter School, located at 1617 Caffin Ave., WWL reports.

Don McGhee, athletic director at Xavier Prep, plants a tree at Wisner Park in this November 2010 file photo. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

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  • Alisa Davillier Dupre

    What an incredibly sad day and a tremendous loss for the City of New Orleans!

  • Lou Lou

    This is so sad. I wonder why Xavier Prep declined the “financial resources” offered by the Archdiocese?

  • SafetyDance

    shame – we need more all girl schools not less! studies indicate that single-sex schooling is more beneficial for girls.

  • Fat Harry

    Should be some prime real estate for development.

    • Alisa Davillier Dupre

      Actually the vultures that want real estate development need to wait a minute. The alumni are working on keeping the school open

  • http://twitter.com/AhContraire AhContraire

    If Xavier Prep is a predominately Black Catholic high school, one might consider the up and coming Avondale Shipyard closing, as that has thousands of African-American workers.

    These types of shipyard workers were paid enough to afford sending their children to private school and paying type of tuition; These shipyard jobs are unlike the many tourism, hospitality, and festival jobs that can barely pay the rent, yet receive all that economic impact media spin.

    Recent news suggests Avondale Shipyards went from 5000 to 1300 workers.

    It also seems that Xavier Prep is not like John McDonogh High, a public school that can’t teach religion or God.

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