From 13WHAM.com ...
Rochester, N.Y. - Nazareth Academy and Aquinas Institute have announced they will merge. They're calling it a partnership.
The new partners announced Wednesday that they will call their school system Aquinas Institute and Nazareth Schools.
Beginning in September, Pre K-6th Grade will be held at Nazareth, and grades 7-12 will be located at Aquinas. Some parents are unhappy that their children will have to move yet again.
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Opening a new chapter for Catholic Education in Rochester:
The Nazareth Schools and Aquinas Institute are partnering to create a co-educational Catholic school system that seamlessly serves grades Pre-K through 12. The new school system will be called Aquinas Institute and Nazareth Schools. Beginning in September 2010, Pre-K through grade 6 will be located at the Nazareth Academy campus on Lake Avenue. Grades 7 through 12 will be welcomed at the Aquinas Institute campus on Dewey Avenue.The Nazareth Schools will continue providing its well-respected elementary school program, including a highly recognized Pre-K and wrap-around school care. The
program at Aquinas will continue a strong commitment to women’s leadership and development. This commitment will be overseen by a position created and staffed by the Sisters of Saint Joseph. Nazareth AcademyBoth schools bring several shared values to the new school system including a religious grounding in the Roman Catholic faith tradition as taught and supported by the Congregation of Saint Basil and the Sisters of Saint Joseph. As private Catholic schools, The Aquinas Institute and The Nazareth Schools, this partnership is an historic juncture.
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UPDATE: Not too surprisingly, finances seemed to have played a major role.
From a Naz student's post on the Save NAZ ACADEMY from extinction! page on Facebook ...
"Apparently, Nazareth is in millions of dollars of debt and they have been trying to keep it going, but the diocese hasn't really backed anything. "The diocese is literally running out of the inner city" That's why my religion teacher told me. She is a SSJ nun and she was crying.