Archbishop Robert Carlson has accepted the recommendation to close John F. Kennedy Catholic High School at the end of the school year.
According to a letter posted on the Kennedy school website, the decision was made after deliberation with the Archdiocesan Board of Catholic Education and the School Oversight Committee. The letter said freshmen enrollment has dropped by 50 percent in two year, and total enrollment has dropped by 43 percent since 2013.
The letter said existing scholarships for Kennedy students will be honored by any of the schools owned and operated by the Archdiocese. Those schools are the following:
- Bishop DuBourg
- Cardinal Ritter
- St. Dominic
- St. Francis Borgia
- St. Mary’s
- St. Pius X
In addition to scholarships, students will receive a special $500 transition credit to cover student fees for one of the Archdiocese-owned schools to which the student is accepted.
Kennedy will be hosting an evening for families to meet with all the schools to help with placement, and each student will have a personal advocate and advisor while seeking enrollment.
According to the school's website, Kennedy was founded in 1968.