Ladywood High School in Livonia, MI Closing in 2018 Due to 60% Decline in Enrollment Since 2005

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All-Girls Catholic School to Close After 68 Years in June 2018

Schools across the state of Michigan are potentially on the chopping block for closure, with the Ladywood High School closing being another addition to the growing trend. The all-girls Catholic school has shuttered, resulting in a Livonia school closing as the region deals with the fallout of the prestigious secondary school shutting down. The Ladywood High School enrollment had fallen to too low a level to sustain the institution.

The Ladywood High School shutdown was announced by the Felician Sisters of North America on Monday, with a letter sent to parents, staff, and alumnae.

While the Ladywood High School shutdown was not decided by the state government, dozens of schools spread across the state may face closure in the near future as well.

The Ladywood High School closing is due to a number of factors, as cited in a letter from Sr. M. Alfonsa Van Overberghe, chair of the school’s board of trustees, which was sent out following the Livonia school shutdown.

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“Despite optimizing expenditures and significantly reducing the subsidy provided by the Felicians to Ladywood, we could not ignore the enrollment trend,” wrote Van Overberghe. “Nor did we want to raise tuition to cost prohibitive levels to maintain our quality education with significantly fewer students, which made the decision unfortunate, but clear.”

The Catholic girls school closing will mean that 169 students in grades nine through 12 will have to find education elsewhere.

The Ladywood High School closing also means that an institution known for its rigorous academics and strong athletics programs will no longer be available to students. The school first opened in 1950 and boasts over 6,000 alumnae. Tuition and fees for the school were about $11,000 annually.

Van Overberghe further wrote, “The Felician Sisters sponsor 27 ministries so we must be good stewards of our resources. Please know the decision-making process was heart-wrenching for the Sisters, who are saddened that the ministry’s 68-year legacy is ending.”

Her letter also included the reasons for the closure, citing changing demographics due to low birth rates that have hit schools across the country. Van Overberghe also mentioned the recession as an obstacle to enrollment.

More Michigan Schools Could Face Closure in 2018

Aside from Ladywood High School closing, many other educational institutions in Michigan find themselves potentially facing the ax.

The state School Reform Office announced the underperforming schools in Michigan that could be shuttered in the near future.

The state law allows for forced closures of schools if they rank in the bottom five percent in academic performance for multiple years in a row.

While 38 schools have been identified for closure, an additional 35 may be on the hook next year.

This is the list of potential Michigan school closings in 2018:

  • Academy of the Americas, Detroit Public Schools Community District
  • Bagley Elementary School, Detroit Public Schools Community District
  • Benton Harbor High School, Benton Harbor Area Schools
  • Blackwell Institute, Detroit Public Schools Community District
  • Brenda Scott Academy for Theatre Arts, Education Achievement Authority of Michigan
  • Brewer Elementary-Middle School, Detroit Public Schools Community District
  • Burton Middle School, Grand Rapids Public Schools
  • Central High School, Education Achievement Authority of Michigan
  • Cleveland Elementary School, Port Huron Area School District
  • Cody Academy of Public Leadership, Detroit Public Schools Community District
  • Conner Creek Academy East-MI Collegiate Middle, charter school in Warren
  • Detroit International Academy for Young Women, Detroit Public Schools Community District
  • Dixon Elementary School, Detroit Public Schools Community District
  • Dossin Elementary-Middle School, Detroit Public Schools Community District
  • Edison Elementary School, Detroit Public Schools Community District
  • Edward “Duke” Ellington @ Beckham, Detroit Public Schools Community District
  • Emerson Elementary-Middle School, Detroit Public Schools Community District
  • Greenfield Union Elementary-Middle School, Detroit Public Schools Community District
  • Hamady Middle School, Westwood Heights Schools
  • John R. King Academic and Performing Arts Academy, Detroit Public Schools Community District
  • King High School, Detroit Public Schools Community District
  • Mann Elementary School, Detroit Public Schools Community District
  • Medicine and Community Health Academy at Cody, Detroit Public Schools Community District
  • Michigan Technical Academy (middle), charter school in Detroit
  • Neinas Dual Language Learning Academy, Detroit Public Schools Community District
  • Noble Elementary-Middle School, Detroit Public Schools Community District
  • Northwestern High School, Flint Public Schools
  • Oak Park Preparatory Academy, Oak Park School District
  • Palmer Park Preparatory Academy, Detroit Public Schools Community District
  • Potter School, Flint Public Schools
  • Pulaski Elementary-Middle School, Detroit Public Schools Community District
  • Schulze Elementary-Middle School, Detroit Public Schools Community District
  • Spain Elementary-Middle School, Detroit Public Schools Community District
  • Thompson Middle School, Saginaw Public Schools
  • Thurgood Marshall Elementary School, Detroit Public Schools Community District

Sources

Ladywood High School in Livonia closing in spring; cite drop in enrollment,” Detroit Free Press, December 11, 2017.

In 2018, 35 more Michigan schools could face closure,” Detroit Free Press, January 20, 2017.

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