Celebrating Five Years of Holy Cross Prep Academy Thanks To Over Six Decades of Support!
Five years ago, Holy Cross was a different place... in a different time.
In October of 2017, challenges were placed in our path... challenges that placed the future of our school in jeopardy. When challenges are presented, you must ask yourself:
"How Do I Respond?"
Through 2017-18, the Holy Cross community stepped up to the plate. Students, parents, faculty, administrators and alumni got together and took a "leap of faith" to create a new Holy Cross, continuing the rich legacy of alumni and preserving Catholic secondary education in Burlington County.
In the coming months we will reminisce about that leap, pray for the continuing success of our school, and celebrate the 5th Anniversary of Holy Cross 2.0 in May 2023!
We hope you will join us as we "Honor our Traditions and Pursue our Future" at the
Holy Cross Preparatory Academy
5th Anniversary Celebration
Saturday, May 13, 2023
Many details to follow, so please visit this page often for updates!
For the next several months, we will share highlights of the behind-the-scenes journey taking place during that academic year leading up to our operating independence in July of 2018.
Holy Cross Prep Formation Timeline
In the first week of October 2017, Holy Cross administration received a letter from the Diocese of Trenton indicating there was great concern about the enrollment and financial status of the school and that its future was in jeopardy.
As the school was preparing for its 60th Anniversary, alumni from the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s learned of the possibility that the school might close. These individuals - the HCPA Founding Board - began a journey that made our current school possible.
This is a history of that journey, a timeline to celebrate as HCPA moves forward successfully!
October 12, 2017 - First discussions by alumni committee (the future HCPA Founding Board)
October 17, 2017 - Request for meeting sent to Diocese of Trenton Superintendent of Schools
October 27, 2017 - Founding board members met for the first time with representatives from the Diocese of Trenton - the Vicar of Education, Superintendent of Schools, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Administrative Officer. The main focus of the conversation was how alumni could raise money to help avoid the closure of Holy Cross High School.
November 2, 2017 - The Save Holy Cross group (the future HCPA Founding Board) meets with the Holy Cross 1.0 Advisory Board.
November 11, 2017 - The 60th Anniversary Celebration of Opening of Holy Cross High School. This event was a culmination of a year’s planning, and during that time only a very small number of people (the future HCPA Founding Board) knew just how precarious the future existence actually was. But at this celebration, over 500 alumni walked the halls of their youth and enjoyed dancing in the gym to the band "Don’t Call Me Francis". The success of this event reinforced to the group the extreme need for Holy Cross to be saved, even if it meant taking the school independent from the Diocese. The traditions needed to live on!
November 13, 2017 - The Save Holy Cross group (the future HCPA Founding Board) meets officals of Mater Dei High School in Middletown Township. In 2015, they were similarly informed by the Diocese of Trenton that they were to be closed, and raised $1.5 million to stay open as Mater Dei Prep.
November 16, 2017 - At a second meeting with the Diocese of Trenton, the future HCPA Founding Board proposed a pro-forma operating budget for an independent school. That proposal included fundraising, marketing, and admissions plans, with the request for an opportunity to move forward with a soft transition of 18 months. This transition time would allow the group to work closely with key stakeholders of Holy Cross 1.0, thereby making the transition as seamless as possible for the diocese, faculty, students, and parents. Focused fundraising efforts would begin to support the school becoming independent in July of 2019. The group was to have a third meeting in early December 2017 before receiving a “blessing of independence” from Bishop David O'Connell later that month. However, it was understood at the time of this meeting that if the blessing were to be given, a hard transition of 7 months would be expected.
November 20, 2017 - Two Holy Cross Founding Board members met with the Mater Dei Prep (MDP) Admissions team, who provided great information on how they handled registration for new and existing students when their closing was announced.
December 4, 2017 - In a third meeting with the Diocese of Trenton, the Founding Board presented the final proposal for independent operation - Leadership and Development plans, the status of meetings with Mater Dei Prep Trustees, and Enrollment Goals. The Board left the meeting with no indication of Holy Cross’ future.
MORE TO COME!