Carlow University has purchased the building and grounds of the former St. Agnes School, located at the corner of Fifth Avenue and Robinson Street in Oakland, from the Diocese of Pittsburgh. The sale was finalized on December 20, 2011 for 1.25 million dollars.
"Carlow University's enrollment and programs have grown significantly in recent years, and this expansion led to our prior purchase of St. Agnes Church and Rectory on Fifth Avenue. The acquisition of St. Agnes School fulfills our strategic vision for the institution by providing additional contiguous space to serve our learners," said Dr. Mary Hines, president of Carlow University. "While we have not yet decided on the specific purpose for which we will use St. Agnes School, the space creates opportunities for the placement of academic programs on our Oakland campus, thus strengthening Carlow's presence in Oakland."
St. Agnes School, which housed a Diocesan Extra Mile Foundation elementary school until June 1, 2011, sits on a half-acre site adjacent to Carlow University's campus. This year, St. Agnes School merged with St. Benedict the Moor elementary school in the Hill District. Students from both schools were moved to the former Vann Elementary School building, which is now called St. Benedict the Moor School.
"The purchase of St. Agnes School is a strategic move in keeping with the goals of our institutional master plan," said Tyler Kelsch, Carlow's vice president for finance and operations