This map shows the current state of Catholic schools in New York. At the end of the school year, Rochester will have 11 Catholic schools, and the numbers elsewhere across the state are likely to change as well.
Buffalo has 61 Catholic schools today, but that pales in comparison to 10 years ago, when there were 94 Catholic schools. 14 Catholic elementary schools were closed last January. There were 24,600 students 10 years ago. Today, 14,300 students are enrolled.
Syracuse has 29 Catholic schools, a similar number to Rochester. In 1996, there were 34 Catholic schools. Just last year, 8 Parish schools were restructured to become four "Bishop's Academies."
In Albany, 26 Catholic elementary and middle schools feed into 4 high schools. One elementary school closed down last year. Officials with the Catholic Diocese of Albany say they've been averaging one school closure about every year. Albany is also in the middle of a long-term planning process that will be released in June.