Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of New York will widen their relationship with Partnership Schools as St. Charles Borromeo School in Central Harlem is added into the Partnership network in September.
St. Charles Borromeo will be the Partnership’s fourth school in Harlem and its seventh in New York City.
Partnership Schools is an independent 501(c)3 that currently oversees six New York urban Catholic schools, serving students from historically disadvantaged communities in Harlem and the South Bronx. They are Our Lady Queen of Angels School and Mount Carmel-Holy Rosary School, both of East Harlem; St. Mark the Evangelist School, Central Harlem; and, in the South Bronx: Immaculate Conception School, St. Athanasius School and Sacred Heart School.
In the past five years, Partnership Schools has invested more than $70 million combined in all six of its New York Catholic schools, including more than $8.75 million in St. Mark the Evangelist, just blocks from St. Charles Borromeo.
“At a time when urban Catholic schools around the country are struggling, Partnership Schools have been a valued ally in stabilizing enrollment, improving achievement, and putting graduates on the path to succeed in life,” Cardinal Dolan said.
“We’re thrilled to demonstrate our commitment to Catholic education in Harlem by deepening our connection with Partnership Schools.”
By bringing St. Charles Borromeo into the Partnership community, there will be two network schools within four blocks (the other being St. Mark the Evangelist), which will allow for sharing resources and support to strengthen both schools.
Father Gregory Chisholm, S.J., pastor of St. Charles Borromeo and All Saints parish, said, “Our acceptance as a Partnership School reflects St. Charles School’s commitment to remain a leader for faith-based Catholic education in New York City. Our community needs a high-quality, reliable academic program for our children that also is not afraid to teach a morality founded in Christian principles.”