Bishop Kearney High School Closing


In an email released on Monday, it was announced that Bishop Kearney High School in Brooklyn would be closing August 31, 2019.

Sister Helen Kearney, C.S.J., the president of the school’s Board of Directors wrote, “After an extensive analysis of the current status of the school and its viability for the future, the Sisters of St. Joseph have reached the painful decision to close Bishop Kearney High School on August 31, 2019.”

The school could not overcome economics and changing times. “Over the last few years, declining enrollment, changing demographics, reduced income and increased expenses have required cuts to faculty and services,” the letter read.

Many Rockaway families have ties to Bishop Kearney High School. And many took the news hard, posting their sentiments on social media. The news also follows the recent announcement that another Catholic school, St. Camillus in Rockaway Beach, is closing at the end of the school semester. 

The current graduating class of 2019 should be unaffected by the closing. Freshmen, sophomores and juniors, according to Kearney, will be assisted by transition teams who will work with “each student and her family to review grades and a new school placement.”