Posted on February 12, 2015

Sisters of the Divine Compassion

52 North Broadway

White Plains, New York 10603

February 9, 2015

Dear Members of Good Counsel Academy High School Community:

It is with deep regret and sadness that members of the Sisters of the Divine Compassion leadership team have had to make the decision that Our Lady of Good Counsel Academy High School, at 52 North Broadway, White Plains, NY, will need to cease operations in July 2015.

We are filled with deep gratitude for the wisdom, determination, commitment and hours of service of Sr. Laura Donovan RDC, Sr. Imma De Stefanis RSCJ, and the Board of Trustees to GCAHS. Multiple properties were investigated and eliminated as possible sites for relocation during this past year. We commend the board and GCAHS administration and faculty for their committed, visionary, brilliant and passionate work for the students and families of GCA, along with the academic excellence, compassion and leadership so obvious and alive in this school community.

We are grateful also to each of you - faculty, administration, students, alumnae, parents and family members - for your commitment to the values and quality education of GCA throughout its long history, and for your patience and loyalty during this very difficult year. We know that this decision is extremely painful for everyone affiliated with the school. In particular, we are deeply concerned for the faculty and students at GCA. Our sisters have been praying very specially for all of you throughout this time, and hold you in our hearts and prayers as you make choices for your future.

After more than a year of due diligence, a suitable and affordable relocation site for Good Counsel Academy High School has not been found. We are working closely with Archdiocesan Officials and other Catholic high schools, and will do everything in our power to support each student and family as they pursue other options. Sr. Laura is in contact with the principals of receiving schools to determine ways to assist Good Counsel students in this transition. Sr. Laura and the staff at Good Counsel will meet with parents and the different grade levels to explore and offer choices and options to families in response to each student’s needs.

It has been a blessing, an honor and privilege as Sisters of the Divine Compassion to sponsor and be involved in mission with each and all of you of the Good Counsel Academy High School Community. We see God’s gift of Divine Compassion lived out in so many unique and special ways, impacting the world of today with deep Christian values through your lives and service. Thank you for sharing your lives, your children and families with our sisters for all these years!

We are deeply sorry for all the pain involved in this difficult decision.

May the Divine Compassion continue to grow in your lives, and lead you through the days ahead. May the Good Counsel legacy continue to be our gift to the world through the ways in which we live into the future. Be assured of our sisters prayers each and every day.

With prayers and blessings for each of you,

The Sisters of the Divine Compassion Leadership Team

Members of the Corporation of Our Lady of Good Counsel Academy High School

for more information, this is a link to Sr. Laura Donovan's letter to the Good Counsel High School Parents and Alumnae