Mother Cabrini High School

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Coordinates: 40°51′28.4″N 73°56′8″W / 40.857889°N 73.93556°W / 40.857889; -73.93556

Mother Cabrini High School
Mother Cabrini High School 701 Fort Washington Avenue.jpg
701 Fort Washington Avenue


United States
TypeParochial, All-Female
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic
Patron saint(s)St. Frances Xavier Cabrini
Color(s)Blue and Gold         
SloganEducating the Mind, Character, Heart, and Soul since 1899
SportsVarsity Basketball, Varsity Volleyball, Varsity Softball
AccreditationMiddle States Association of Colleges and Schools[1]
Tuition$6,490 (planned for 2014-2015)

Mother Cabrini High School (MCHS) was a Catholic high school located at 701 Fort Washington Avenue between Fort Tryon Park and West 190th Street, with a facade on Cabrini Boulevard, in the Hudson Heights neighborhood of Washington Heights in Upper Manhattan, New York City. The school was founded in 1899 by Frances Xavier Cabrini and was sponsored by the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the order she founded. It offered specialized and distinctive programs of study to enhance the education of its students.

The school drew its students from "all over New York City and Westchester, with a large concentration of students from Manhattan and the Bronx." Through much of its history, the student body was largely the children of Irish and Italian immigrants, but by the time of its closure in 2014, the school was predominantly Latino, primarily from the Dominican Republic.[2]

In January 2014, the school announced that it would close at the end of the school year.[3]

Awards and recognition[edit]

Mother Cabrini High School was twice recognized with the Blue Ribbon School Award of Excellence by the United States Department of Education,[4] the highest award an American school can receive.[5][6]


On January 14, 2014, the Board of Trustees of the school announced on the school website that Mother Cabrini High School would close at the end of the school year, due to "increased costs and diminishing revenue."[3] A post on the website elaborated, saying that the school's deficit had reached "unsustainable levels", despite a projected increase in enrollment and rental income. The deficit was blamed on

the economic downturn of the past five years ... declining enrollment, managing the growing maintenance expenses of an aging facility, absorbing the cost of unfunded scholarships and tuition assistance, confronting the rising cost of insurance, compensating for the financial vacuum created by the withdrawal of federal grants, and coping with the expanding price tag of running a school and its programs...[7]

Some of the school's alumni and parents of current students said they would try to save the school, but the Board believed that the deficit was insurmountable.[2][7]

Cabrini is the second Catholic school to close in two years in the Washington Heights/Inwood area, after St. Jude School. Four other Catholic schools remain in the area.[8]

In April 2014 it was announced that Success Academy Charter Schools, a charter school operator with 22 locations in the city, would open a school in the Mother Cabrini High School building for the 2014-15 school year.[9]


  1. ^ MSA-CSS. "MSA-Commission on Secondary Schools". Archived from the original on 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2009-05-27.
  2. ^ a b "Mother Cabrini High School To Close Its Doors After 115 Years" CBS New York (January 15, 2014)
  3. ^ a b "Press Release: Mother Cabrini High School to Close" on the school website
  4. ^ Blue Ribbon Schools Program: Schools Recognized 1972 -1983 through 1999-2002 (PDF), United States Department of Education. Accessed May 11, 2006.
  5. ^ CIBA cited as one of the best by Education Department Archived 2007-08-19 at the Wayback Machine, Journal Inquirer, November 16, 2006. "The Blue Ribbon award is given only to schools that reach the top 10 percent of their state's testing scores over several years or show significant gains in student achievement. It is considered the highest honor a school can achieve."
  6. ^ Viers Mill School Wins Blue Ribbon; School Scored High on Statewide Test; The Washington Post. September 29, 2005 "For their accomplishments, all three schools this month earned the status of Blue Ribbon School, the highest honor the U.S. Education Department can bestow upon a school."
  7. ^ a b "With Deep Sadness" on the school's website
  8. ^ Chiwaya, Nigel. "Mother Cabrini High School to Close at End of School Year" Archived 2014-12-21 at the Wayback Machine DNAinfo New York (January 14, 2014)
  9. ^ Brown, Stephen Rex. "City secures spaces for three Success Academy charter schools" New York Daily News (April 26, 2014)

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