Bishop David Zubik announced the names for the North Hills’ three newly formed Catholic elementary schools in a letter that was released on Saturday, May 20. Click here to see the letter.

The three schools were formed by merging seven schools.

Blessed Francis Seelos Academy will be the name for the school communities of St. Alexis and St. Alphonsus. Grades K-8 will be at the St. Alphonsus campus; preschool will be housed at the St. Alexis campus. Click here to learn more about Blessed Francis Seelos.

Blessed Trinity Academy will be the name for the school communities of St. Bonaventure in Shaler Township, St. Mary of the Assumption in Glenshaw and St. Ursula in Allison Park. The St. Ursula building will close.

Holy Cross Academy will be the name for the school communities of St. Sebastian in Ross Township and St. Teresa of Avila in Perrysville.

The regional education system, announced in February, is designed to ensure vibrant and sustainable Catholic elementary schools in the North Hills region as part of the On Mission for The Church Alive! planning process. Declining enrollment has strained budgets, prompting tuition increases and the closing of a number of schools.

Regionalization is intended to reinforce Catholic schools’ identity and mission, reallocate resources to enhance academic excellence, and stabilize tuition and enrollment. It will also enable greater collaboration in curriculum, technology, professional development, athletics and fundraising.