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Mount Assisi Academy of Lemont to close in June

Published: Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014 1:37 a.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Jan. 31, 2014 6:04 p.m. CDT
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Mount Assisi Academy, an all-girls high school in Lemont, cites decreasing enrollment and staff and an increasing deficit as reasons for closing at the end of the school year.

LEMONT – Mount Assisi Academy of Lemont will close in June, according to a news release from the school.

The release cited low enrollment, an increasing deficit and the small number of Sisters available to serve the school as reasons for its closing, and said the religious community has subsidized the academy for years in a way that is unsustainable.

“Despite tremendous good will and efforts, we have not been able to reach the goals that were set for enrollment or funding,” said Provincial Superior Sister Therese Ann Quigney in the release.. “... It became clear that we have to close our high school.”

The Catholic girls school, located at 13860 Main St. in Lemont, has educated young women from the southwest Chicago area for 63 years.

“We deeply regret the heartache that this causes and promise to support our current students and families in any way that is possible as they seek other educational settings and work through the closing and the transition that it calls for in their lives,” Quigney said.

The school has seen a steady decline in enrollment accompanied by various levels of funding deficits during the last seven years, according to the release.

No future plans have been made for the building, which is still property of the School Sisters of St. Francis of Christ the King and is adjacent to the Provincial Center of the Sisters, Alvernia Manor Retirement Community and Our Lady of the Angels House of Prayer.

The school will hold a meeting for the students and families of the junior class at 7 p.m. Wednesday to discuss future possibilities, the release said.

Development Manager Carrie Peters said one of the options that will be addressed is whether to make the school a senior academy next year so the junior class can finish their high school careers at Mount Assisi.

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