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April 14, 2014 – The Board of Directors of Bishop Ford Central Catholic High School has unanimously voted to close the school at the end of the 2013-2014 academic year. For the past several years, Bishop Ford has experienced significant decline in enrollment.  In 2006, Bishop Ford had 1,347 students.  Today, that number is 499, a loss of 75% of our student population since 2006.  The projected enrollment for next year is 422, a further decrease.


Enrollment projections predict further decline in the future. It is with great sadness that the Board of Directors of Bishop Ford Central High School unanimously voted to close the school at the end of the current school year.


Thomas Arria, principal, expressed this commitment to the students and their families: “Our greatest concern is for our current students and we are committed to making the transition for them to other schools for the next school year as smooth as possible. To that end, we have asked that other Catholic high schools in the area give special consideration to Bishop Ford students who may be enrolling next school year.  We intend to meet with each family to ensure that students are placed in a school environment which will best meet their academic and personal needs.”


Bishop Ford was founded in 1962 and is proud of its many alumni who have made a difference in service to their communities and to the Catholic Church.


Contact:  Thomas Arria


April 14, 2014

Dear Parent/Guardian:

At an emergency meeting of the Board of Directors of Bishop Ford Central Catholic High School on Sunday evening, April 13, the Board voted unanimously that Bishop Ford will close at the conclusion of the final exam and Regents exam period, effective Friday, June 30, 2014.  The school will remain open to conduct any unfinished business after this time, but it will not open as a school next September.  This decision was not arrived at without serious deliberation.

In its decision, the Board of Directors cited declining enrollment and a facility in need of repair as the principal reasons for the closing.  In recent years, the school population has shrunk dramatically.  There has not been a sufficient revenue stream other than tuition, which alone cannot support the operation.  Thus, it was determined that, despite Herculean efforts on the part of many people, the school was just not sustainable.

I know that this is very upsetting and sad news for you and for your children.  It is no less sad for the faculty and scores of alumni who have remained loyal and dedicated to the mission of Bishop Ford.  Speaking personally, I feel a deep sense of sadness over this decision.  In the short time that I have been privileged to serve at Bishop Ford, I find myself genuinely enamored with the wonderful young people here.  They are at once sincere, capable, and caring young men and women who are a credit to you.

We will do our best to assist you in identifying the best alternative to Bishop Ford.  We have already been in contact with other area Catholic high schools in an effort to develop a plan that will provide the smoothest possible transition under the circumstances.  I am so sorry for this situation, but the most important task ahead of us is to insure the continuity of your child’s education.  We will be in communication with you shortly with details on options for your child for next year.

On behalf of the Board of Directors, Faculty, and Staff of Bishop Ford, I thank you for the faith you have demonstrated in entrusting your child’s education to us.  I thank you for your support and all of your efforts on behalf of your children and Bishop Ford.

God Bless You!


Thomas P. Arria, Jr.





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In an effort to help make as smooth a transition as possible, given the circumstances, Bishop Ford High School will host a High School Information Evening here in the school gymnasium on Tuesday evening, April 29, 2014, from 7 – 9 PM.

Most of the area high schools will be represented on that night.  We are asking that they streamline their application process to assist you.  We will provide our students with transcripts and any other information they made need.



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