Dwindling enrollment and mounting, annual financial losses will result in the closure of Bayonne’s Marist High School this coming June. According the nj.com, the school’s administration made the announcement on Wednesday. Marist is one of Hudson County last remaining, Catholic high schools.
According to a statement made by school President Peter Kane, Marist loses more than $1 million annually. Its enrollment currently stands at 235 students, a drop of 20 percent over the past four years and 50 percent of what it was a decade ago. Kane added that students who are not part of the 2020 graduating class will be given personal advice on their options for the ’20-’21 academic year.
Marist’s student enrollment is made up of approximately 20 percent Bayonne residents with nearly half living in Jersey City. While this year’s freshman class is the high school’s largest in five years totaling 75 students, only 59 seniors are expected to graduate in June. Last year the graduating class consisted of 85 students.
Marist nearly shut down three years ago, but the school community was able to raise three-quarters of a million dollars, enabling it to remain open.
Marist was founded in 1954.
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