The Archdiocese of Philadelphia will close five Roman Catholic high schools and close or combine 44 elementary schools, reported NBC 10 Philadelphia earlier.

It's extremely sad. Right now, there is a grieving process going on in 44 elementary schools and four high schools, Rita Schwartz, local president of the Association of Catholic Teachers, told The Associated Press.

Rising costs, decreasing enrollment and competition from charter schools are several factors that have led to the Archdiocese of Philadelphia's decision to close the schools, according to NBC.

In the past five years, the Archdiocese has already closed 30 schools.

Thinking of my parents today, both West Catholic grads form 50s...they pretty heartbroken bout the school finally closing, tweeted @BDR45.

My friends who went to Hubert's are flipping out, tweeted @WriterChickNJ.

My alma mater's survived but still sad day. End of an era, tweeted @jenningsmc.

Legitimately bummed about all the Philadelphia Catholic school closings, tweeted @ToneEvenColder.


Full list of school closings from The Catholic Standard & Times, the official newspaper of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia:

Bucks County

St. Michael the Archangel, Levittown
Our Lady of Grace, Penndel
Consolidating in Penndel (at the former Our Lady of Grace School)

St. Mark, Bristol
St. Ephrem, Bensalem
Consolidating in Bensalem (at the former St. Ephrem School)

Assumption BVM, Feasterville
St. Bede the Venerable, Holland
Consolidating in Holland (at the former St. Bede the Venerable School)

Holy Trinity, Morrisville
St. John the Evangelist, Lower Makefield
Consolidating in Lower Makefield (at the former St. John the Evangelist School)

St. John the Baptist, Ottsville
St. Isidore, Quakertown
Consolidating in Quakertown (at the former St. Isidore School)


Conwell-Egan Catholic High School
(closing)

Total Catholic grade schools remaining in Bucks County: 15
8 Regional Schools
7 Parish Schools

Total Catholic high schools remaining in Bucks County: 1


Chester County

St. Monica, Berwyn
St. Patrick, Malvern
Consolidating in Malvern (at the former St. Patrick School)

St. Patrick, Kennett Square
St. Cornelius, Chadds Ford
Consolidating in Chadds Ford (at the former St. Cornelius School)

Total Catholic grade schools remaining in Chester County: 14
3 Regional Schools
11 Parish Schools

Total Catholic high schools remaining in Chester County: 1


Delaware County

Annunciation, Brookline
St. Denis, Havertown
Consolidating in Havertown (at the former St. Denis School)

St. Cyril of Alexandria, East Lansdowne
St. Andrew, Drexel Hill
Consolidating in Drexel Hill (at the former St. Andrew School)

Our Lady of Fatima, Secane
Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Morton
Consolidating in Morton (at the former Our Lady of Perpetual Help School)

St. Gabriel, Norwood
St. Madeline/St. Rose, Ridley Park
Consolidating in Ridley Park (at the former St. Madeline/St. Rose School)

St. John Chrysostom, Wallingford
Nativity BVM, Media
Consolidating in Media (at the former Nativity BVM School)

St. Francis de Sales, Lenni
St. Thomas the Apostle, Glen Mills
Consolidating in Glen Mills (at the former St. Thomas the Apostle School)

Holy Saviour-St. John Fisher, Linwood
St. Joseph, Aston
Consolidating in Aston (at the former St. Joseph School)

Monsignor Bonner and Archbishop Prendergast (Closing)

Total Catholic grade schools remaining in Delaware County: 22
9 Regional Schools
13 Parish Schools

Total Catholic high schools remaining in Delaware County: 2


Montgomery County

St. Anthony-St. Joseph, Ambler
St. Catherine of Siena, Horsham
St. Alphonsus, Maple Glen
Consolidating in Maple Glen (at the former St. Alphonsus School)

Conshohocken Catholic, Conshohocken
Mother of Divine Providence, King of Prussia
Consolidating in King of Prussia (at the former Mother of Divine Providence School)

St. Teresa of Avila, Norristown
Visitation BVM, Trooper
Consolidating in Trooper (at the former Visitation BVM School)

Our Lady of Victory, East Norriton
St. Titus, East Norriton
Epiphany of Our Lord, Plymouth Meeting
Consolidating in Plymouth Meeting (at the former Epiphany of Our Lord School)

Our Lady Help of Christians, Abington
St. David, Willow Grove
Consolidating in Willow Grove (at the former St. David School)

Immaculate Conception, Jenkintown
St. Luke, Glenside
Consolidating in Glenside (at the former St. Luke School)

St. Rose of Lima, North Wales
St. Stanislaus, Lansdale
Consolidating in Lansdale (at the former St. Stanislaus School)

St. Maria Goretti, Hatfield
Corpus Christi, Lansdale
Consolidating in Lansdale (at the former Corpus Christi School)

Sacred Heart, Royersford
St. Eleanor, Collegeville
Consolidating in Collegeville (at the former St. Eleanor School)

St. Philip Neri, East Greenville
St. Isidore, Quakertown (Bucks)
Consolidating in Quakertown (at the former St. Isidore School)

Total Catholic grade schools remaining in Montgomery County: 22
10 Regional Schools
12 Parish Schools

Total Catholic high schools remaining in Montgomery County: 3


Philadelphia-North

(Philadelphia, north of Allegheny Ave.)

Pope John Paul II Regional, Bridesburg
St. Timothy, Philadelphia
Consolidation at Levick Street site (at the former St. Timothy School)

St. George, Port Richmond
Our Lady of Port Richmond
Consolidation at Thompson Street site (at the former Our Lady of Port Richmond School)

Holy Cross, Mt. Airy
Our Mother of Consolation, Chestnut Hill
Consolidation at East Chestnut Hill Ave. site (at the former Our Mother of Consolation School)

St. Bridget, East Falls
Holy Child, Manayunk
Consolidation at Hermitage Street site (at the former Holy Child School)

Incarnation of Our Lord, Olney
St. Helena, Philadelphia (Mission school)
Consolidation at North Fifth Street site (at the former St. Helena School)

Our Lady of Consolation, Tacony
St. Matthew, Philadelphia
Consolidation at Cottman Avenue Site (at the former St. Matthew School)

Our Lady of Ransom, Philadelphia
Resurrection of Our Lord, Rhawnhurst
Consolidation at Shelmire Avenue site (at the former Resurrection of Our Lord School)

St. William, Philadelphia
St. Cecilia, Fox Chase
Consolidation in Rhawn Street site (the former St. Cecilia School)

St. Martin of Tours (Mission school)
(no change to the current school configuration)

St. Hubert Catholic High School for Girls (Closing)

Total Catholic grade schools remaining in Philadelphia-North: 25
10 Regional Schools
15 Parish Schools

Total Catholic high schools remaining in Philadelphia-North: 3


Philadelphia-South

(Philadelphia, south of Allegheny Ave.)

Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament, West Philadelphia
St. Donato, Philadelphia (Mission school) West Philadelphia
Consolidating at 65th Street site (at the former St. Donato School)

Saint Laurentius, Lower North Philadelphia
St. Peter the Apostle, Lower North Philadelphia
Consolidating at 5th Street site (at the former St. Peter the Apostle School)

Annunciation, South Philadelphia
St. Nicholas of Tolentine, South Philadelphia
Consolidating at Pierce Street site (at the former St. Nicholas of Tolentine School)

St. Gabriel, Grays Ferry, Philadelphia
St. Thomas Aquinas, South Philadelphia (Mission school)
Consolidating at Morris Street site (at the former St. Thomas Aquinas School)

St. Malachy, North Philadelphia
Visitation BVM, North Philadelphia (Mission school)
Consolidating at Lehigh Avenue site (at the former Visitation BVM School)

Epiphany of Our Lord, South Philadelphia
Holy Spirit, South Philadelphia
St. Richard, South Philadelphia
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, South Philadelphia
Sacred Heart, South Philadelphia
Consolidating at former Stella Maris School building (at the former Stella Maris School)

Our Lady of Lourdes building closed
Students may attend:
Our Mother of Sorrows/St. Ignatius (Mission school), West Philadelphia
St. Rose of Lima (Mission school), West Philadelphia
Mary, Mother of Peace (Mission school), Southwest Philadelphia

West Catholic High School (Closing)

Total Catholic grade schools remaining in Philadelphia-South: 14

9 Regional Schools
5 Parish Schools

Total Catholic high schools remaining in Philadelphia-South: 3