School officials today confirmed that Marylawn will close its doors in June.
Students at Marylawn Academy of the Oranges learned recently via a parent meeting last week and information circulated in school today. A student petition to keep the school open is here.
Donna Sartor, spokeswoman for the school and convent, confirmed that is Marylawn's last school year. Facebook and Twitter are full of student and alumnae posts about the closing. The Marylawn Facebook page has a number of comments urging fellow alumnae to help "save the school." Twitter posts read, "Marylawn is really closing this year," and "I'm actually sad about Marylawn closing simply cause I wasn't expecting it so soon." The Marylawn website shows that a scheduled Oct. 13 Open House for prospective students was cancelled.
The school has been trying to sell or demolish the Montrose mansion adjacent to the school on the large property.The house was once owned by the Graves family. The school and home are now owned by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth, headquartered in Convent Station.
Marylawn launched a middle school in the fall of 2010. When it was founded in 1935, the school educated boys and girls in the lower grades and girls only for the high school years. It is now a girls' school.
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