Statement Regarding the Closure of St. Mary of the Assumption High School

As of July 31st, the closure of St. Mary of the Assumption High School of Elizabeth, NJ has proceeded as planned following the official announcement from the Archdiocese on June 30. Despite the best efforts of all involved, the continued operation of the school is simply not feasible in the face of a nearly $1.5 million dollar deficit. Fundraising efforts spearheaded by volunteers were commendable, resulting in gifts and pledges nearing $240,000. Volunteers had hoped to close the deficit completely, which would have enabled the school to remain open for the 2019-2020 year.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Margaret Dames lauded the fundraisers’ commitment stating, “The effort by the team has been tremendous. Although the funding has not materialized, their actions and dedication speak volumes for their passion to keep the school open. Now, our focus will be transferred to helping the students enroll in another school and assisting the parents to make their choice.”

Those families affected by the closure will be welcomed by other Catholic High Schools across the Archdiocese, many of which will send representatives to a school fair scheduled to take place at St. Mary’s on Tuesday evening. Administrators, admissions representatives, and financial officers will be present to clarify the transfer process and address any other questions families may have. Currently, over ten schools have confirmed their attendance, with many respondents emphasizing their commitment to ensuring every St. Mary’s student finds a new home.

Additional support is also being offered to St. Mary’s staff members who wish to be considered for vacancies in other Archdiocesan schools. These individuals are encouraged to submit their resumes directly to the Office of Catholic Schools, which will maintain a priority employment interview list.
Any inquiries may be directed to Christine Lombardo, Director of School Enrollment, Marketing and Communications at the Office of Catholic Schools at 973-497-4258 or by email to