6 Catholic academies to close in Brooklyn, Queens due to COVID-19 financial strains
The Diocese of Brooklyn Office of the Superintendent and Catholic School Support Services announced that six Catholic academies, located in Brooklyn and Queens, will permanently close.
The closures are effective on Aug. 31, 2020 and are due to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic that involved enrollment and finances, according to the press release.
The following Catholic academies will not reopen:
- Queen of the Rosary in Williamsburg
- St. Gregory the Great in Crown Heights/Flatbush
- Our Lady's Catholic Academy in South Ozone Park, Queens
- Our Lady of Grace in Howard Beach, Queens
- Holy Trinity Catholic Academy in Whitestone, Queens
- St. Mel's Catholic Academy in Whitestone, Queens
"This is an incredibly sad day for our Catholic community to have to close these schools, but the devastation caused by the coronavirus pandemic is insurmountable. The difficult decisions come after the intense analysis of the financial picture of each academy," said Thomas Chadzutko, Ed.D., superintendent of schools.