St. Stephen School, Pennsauken, to close at the end of the school year


St. Stephen’s School in Pennsauken will close in June due to financial difficulty caused by declining student enrollment, St. Stephen’s Parish and the Diocese of Camden has announced.
In a letter to school parents, Father Daniel M. Rocco, St. Stephen’s pastor, said the decision to close the pre-K through eighth grade school was made after “careful consultation” with the school board, parish council, diocesan school officials and Bishop Dennis Sullivan.
“We know that support for St. Stephen School has required a deep commitment and great sacrifice on the part of parishioners, faculty and parents alike. This decision should not diminish the pride we all have in the school for its academic excellence, its strong sense of community, or its success fostering moral values in our children,” said Father Rocco.
St. Stephen’s began in 1962. Enrollment is at 159.
St. Stephen parents who want to enroll their children in neighboring Catholic elementary schools will be provided a tuition voucher in the amount of $1,000 per child, provided they have fully paid their tuition to St. Stephen’s.