Jan. 25, 2012 Staff Report
Corpus Christi School, a Catholic elementary school located at 31-29 60th Street in Woodside, is closing at the end of the academic year, according to published reports.
Parents were notified two weeks ago that the parish could no longer subsidize the school and that it will be closed, DNAinfo reported.
I remember when this school was built and then staffed by Dominican Sisters. Blame Vatican II for making teaching sisters and brothers think elementay and secondary education for the middle class were far less important than working in the slums. Who benefits in society at all when the middle class parents are forced to pay high tuition when religious orders abandon schools for lack of ability to staff them? Many teaching vocations were made to feel inferior…drop the habit, get out among the poor…that was the order of the day. Also, Catholics are having less children, thus less new recruits for religious orders. How sad.
its also a big fail on the community participation zoned woodsiders send their kids to st josephs rather than support their own parish.
Its also the fault of the community who all enroll their kids in St Josephs in Astoria rather than support their own parish.
THE PARISHONEERS OF CORPUS CHRISTI SHOULD ENROLL THEIR CHILDREN NOW AT ST SEBASTIANS IN WOODSIDE. SINCE FATIMA HAS WORKED FOR MANY YEARS TO GET THIS SCHOOL TO CLOSE FOR ITS OWN GAIN.
This article is about the rapid demise of Catholic education in NYC not Mike Novack’s ‘ platform for his personal nemesis which he can’t seem to get over even years after not being a part of the community. While it is true that public school systems have suffered, this is about those in Corpus Chriti- haw dare you make it about you, Mike Novack’s!
Another blow to the LIC area. Very sad.
Why can’t Corpus Christi merge with St. Raphael? St. Gabriel in East Elmhurst is also closing.
Klein by the way, is a graduate of Bryant High School and for years I have heard bad things about that particular high school. Does anybody know what the real story is?
Clap! Clap! Applaud! Applaud for Mike Novak’s comments! He hit the nail on the head with his school comments! He is absolutely right! Bloomberg and Klein DESTROYED the NYC school system! It’s a shame that it’s the poor kids that suffer.
Blame Joe Klein for ruining your public schools. PS 150 and 11 were the number one and two schools in District 30 for many years until Klein foisted Columbia University’s Lucy Caulkins and her “Teachers College” method upon the entire NYC school system.
Under Klein, people like PS 150’s current principal, Carmen Parache, were “trained” to become principals…even though they have limited or no educational experience. Carmen Parache is the principal of PS 150 even though she does not have enough college credits to become a teacher!!! She was brought over from the Dominican Republic where she ran a small nursery school, and trained with your tax dollars. Her first order as Principal was to have ALL SPELLING AND GRAMMAR books REMOVED from all the classrooms as they are not a part of the “Teachers College” method!!! PS 150, which was once a shining beacon of success is now mired in mediocrity, with an 80% turnover in teachers since Parache took over.
Krissi, private school is a luxury, but if you can afford it, it’s the way to go. While there are some top notch Public Schools or charter schools, I don’t know if any exist in the Sunnyside/Woodside area. If you check the state assessments for the Public grammar Schools 199, 150, 11 you will see some iffy #s. 40%, 50% and 60% of the students at grade level for ELA and math. Junior high schools only get worse…
That’s too bad. This is why we need a voucher program. It’s a big lost for the community when outstanding schools like these go away.
While I am not personally Catholic, I will probably end up sending my (future) kids to private catholic school because they are the best quality of education in the area. I hope another private school or perhaps magnet school can move in.
This is awful. another blow. soon St. Sebastian’s will be the only school standing.
Once the nuns stopped teaching and nursing for free Catholic hospitals an schools collapsed. That’s what happens when an economy is based on unpaid labor.
Its very sad another Catholic School closing, St.Raphel’s School is also closing the end of June.