ELIZABETH — After the Archdiocese of Newark gave up on its legendary St. Patrick’s High School, one of New Jersey’s oldest parochial schools, founded in 1868, faculty and parents opened a new non-denominational educational academy in a building that once housed Social Security Administration offices at 547 Morris Avenue.
Elizabeth parents and educators established a new school rather than end a nearly 150 year old tradition. In its first year, The Patrick School enrolled approximately 150 students in grades 7-12.
“I am thrilled to see that their high-quality education and commitment to students will continue through their transition to an independent entity,” Elizabeth Mayor Chris Bollwage said last year when the new school opened.
The Patrick School charges $3,000 tuition for students in grades 7 and 8, and $5,700 for students in grades 9-12, with scholarships and financial aid available for qualifying students, according to the school website.
Although it is not associated with the Catholic Church, The Patrick School still includes moral integrity as one of its core values, along with academic excellence, leadership and holistic development.
St. Patrick High School had achieved national prominence with its basketball program under former coach Kevin Boyle. Graduate Kyrie Irving was the first overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was the second overall pick in last year’s NBA draft.
The Archdiocese of Newark decided to close the school at the end of the 2011-12 school year, citing declining enrollment and financial issues as its reasons.
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