The Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced today that 14 of its elementary schools are now under new management.
The schools, which are set in low-income neighborhoods, are now being operated by the nonprofit Independence Mission Schools. The Archdiocese hopes the nonprofit can improve financial and facility management while retaining Roman Catholic principles.
The new management's goals are to untangle finances, increase enrollment and grow scholarship money.
Only one of the 14 schools, St. Cyril of Alexandria in East Lansdowne, Delaware County, is outside of the city. Total enrollment for the 14 schools hovers around 4,100 students.
As parishes and the Archdiocese have suffered serious financial issues in the last few years; decreased enrollment has followed. High tuition costs, demographic shifts and the increase of charter schools have also led to the downturn. While tuition generally ranges between $3,000 and $4,000 a year, scholarships have gradually eroded.