The Archbishop of Miami Thomas Wenski announced in a press release on Monday the merger of Archbishop Curley Notre Dame (ACND) high school in Miami with Monsignor Edward Pace High School in Miami Gardens.
As a result of the merger, ACND will close for the first time since 1953.
Wenski also made the announcement via a letter sent home to parents at both schools.
The merger will happen at the start of the 2017/2018 school year and current students at ACND will receive automatic admission to Pace if they meet certain academic standards.
“This decision to consolidate the two schools was made by the Archdiocese of Miami in order to provide the students with a continued experience of the presence of Jesus Christ, an enhanced educational experience and additional extracurricular opportunities,” Wenski said in the statement. “With your child attending a larger school, he/she will experience signature academies, new technology, fine arts programs, seventy clubs and activities, and enjoy award-winning sports teams.”
Curley seems to have broken the news to its students and alumni on Facebook by sharing the release from the Archdiocese.
“It is with great sorrow that we share this news with our ACND family and friends,” the school wrote on its Facebook page. “Today is a tough day for our school, teachers, alums, and all others who care about ACND.”
Judging by Facebook comments left on the ACND page, it is clear that not everyone agrees with the decision.
But it seems to be final.
“The Archdiocese of Miami is grateful for the many priests, religious brothers and sisters, lay faculty, staff, administrators, alumni, parents, donors, and board members who have generously donated and dedicated years, time, and expertise for each student at ACND to become a successful graduate,” Wenski said in the statement.
According to the school, ACND was the first predominantly white high school in Florida to admit an African-American students.
That happened in 1960.
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