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Chairman of the Board
Faced with challenging demographics, declining enrolment, rising costs and a growing deficit, the Board of Directors has made the difficult decision to close Queen of Angels Academy at the end of this school year. I urge you to attend tonight’s information session so that we can explain the context for this decision, answer your questions and discuss the support we will be providing you and your daughter over the coming months.
It is with profound sadness that we make this critical announcement, but it has been made after a comprehensive analysis of our options and our financial situation.
As you may recall, the Board of Directors launched an intensive strategic planning process involving stakeholders from across the Queen of Angels family in June, 2011. This initiative led, for example, to our rebranding the school, enhancing our marketing and introducing a number of cost-cutting measures. Yet, despite these efforts our situation has continued to deteriorate.
Enrolment is our biggest challenge. From a peak of 515 students in 2006-07, enrolment has declined to 186 students this year, and we are forecasting a further decline for next year if we were to stay open. In fact, the number of graduating students has exceeded the number of incoming students for some time.
In order to compensate for the smaller student body, we have almost doubled our fees over the past seven years, and we project that we would have to more than double them again next year to reach break-even. This is clearly unrealistic.
I should also point out that your Board has also over the past two years explored other strategic options without success including co-education, offering Grade 12 and CEGEP courses, adding a French stream and merging with other independent schools. We have only recently exhausted our efforts on the most favourable of these initiatives.
We are well aware of the impact that this decision has on our community, particularly students and their families, faculty and staff. Please rest assured that we are committed to providing all members of the Queen of Angels community with support during this transition. A team of school councilors, social workers and psychologists from Ometz, a non-profit, community-based, human services agency, will be at the school tomorrow to provide students with counseling and support.
Mrs. Mary Reynolds and Mme Pascale L’Heureux will also be hosting information sessions next week to discuss the selection of a new school for your daughter for next September. The sessions are scheduled for January 28 and 29th at 7p.m.
At the same time, I wish to assure you that our commitment – the faculty and staff, the administration and the Board of Directors – is to ensure that Queen of Angels continues to fulfill our mission over the next few months. We are determined to provide your daughters with an outstanding school experience where they will continue to grow and flourish.
I sincerely hope you will be able to join us this evening. In addition, Board members and I will be at the school tomorrow in the Green Parlour, and please do not hesitate to come meet with us.
I, like you, sincerely regret this decision, but unfortunately our declining enrolment has left us with no other option. By pulling together, however, we will ensure that the next months of this school year reflect the proud heritage of Queen of Angels and are positive and rewarding for all of our students.
Dominic Varvaro Chairman of the Board
Queen of Angels Academy is sad to announce that it will be closing it's doors June 2014. The private Arts and Science high school for young women offered enriched and accelerated programs as well as a third language requirements and developed confident, well-rounded wometn with an appetite for lifelong learning. Please contact us to learn about how we can help support you and your daughter in finding a new school.
Queen of Angels Academy is a private Arts/Traditional / academic day school in Dorval, Quebec. The school offers programs for grades 7 to 11 with enrolment of 200 day students. Queen of Angels Academy has an average class size of 17 students and has a tuition cost of $9,255 to $9,585. Founded in 1959, this private school requires students to wear uniforms and the language of instruction is English.
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