HFHN and SJSJ will Merge After the 2021-22 School Year
The Diocese of Fall River announced today that due to compounding financial challenges from the COVID pandemic, Holy Family Holy Name School and St. James St. John School will merge into a new school at the end of this school year, building on the strengths of the two New Bedford elementary schools.
The consolidated school, yet to be named, will serve an estimated 300 students and will reside on the St. James St. John campus on Orchard Street in New Bedford. A middle school serving the combined schools will be established in the Kennedy Youth Center, located behind the St. James St. John building, and is slated to receive major renovations and upgrades.
St. James St. John Principal Cristina Viveiros-Serra will serve as principal for the new elementary school, and Holy Family Holy Name Principal Deacon Peter Schutzler will be Dean of the middle school. A public naming process will start in February with recommendations to the Bishop for naming the new school.
We encourage all families to apply early to attend this new school. FACE applications are due by March 11th and can be completed using this year’s school name.
⇒ For more information (FAQs) and to view Bishop da Cunha’s message – www.CatholicSchoolsAlliance.org/school-merger
⇒ FACE Applications – https://online.factsmgt.com/aid