CSAT & Holy Angels Academy
In 2013, two schools in Buffalo received news on their future. One would be closing its doors while the other would be expanding its campus.
Former Holy Angels Academy (HAA), a private all-girls Catholic school located in North Buffalo, decided to shut its doors after 152 years of service. With hopes of keeping the beautifully-maintained building in the educational family, CSAT gained the rights to lease and open its expanded Middle School at the former HAA site in August 2014.
Angels in the Community
Founded during the first year of the Civil War in 1861, by the Grey Nuns on Buffalo's West Side, Holy Angels Academy was destined for great things. In 1929, with increased enrollment numbers and the growth of D'Youville College on its shared site, the decision to move the High School (grades 9-12) to a new, distinctive Holy Angels Academy felt right to the Grey Nuns. The choice was 24 Shoshone Street in North Buffalo.
Starting from the ground up, the Catholic School built an institute of epic-proportions - producing a strong alumnae following and forever making its mark on the community. Bringing along its tradition for excellence in music, art and sports, as well as its outstanding record in New York State Regents Examinations to its new building, the neighborhood adopted HAA with open arms.
In 2008, time had done its number on the campus, and a major renovation was undertaken. Not knowing its future was limited, the Holy Angels Academy still produced a first class educational facility, fit with a state-of-the-art gymnasium, auditorium and beautiful grounds.
Unfortunately, due to low enrollment numbers and the financial burdens from the struggling economy, the school officially closed its doors in 2013.
A Continued Mark on Buffalo: Words from an Angel
A word from Maureen Maguire, Board Chair of Holy Angels Academy:
"Through all of the 152 years of Holy Angels Academy, the Grey Nuns, faculty, staff and students themselves steadfastly maintained what has been recognized as a major characteristic of a Holy Angels graduate: the ability to serve by leading - in their communities, their parishes, and their chosen professions. Since the 2013 closure it has been the most commonly heard response of alumnae, “May we never lose the spirit of the Academy.” That spirit lives on in their hearts, minds and souls."
Thank you to the Holy Angels community, and specifically, the Grey Nuns for their service and dedication to bettering the City of Buffalo.