Two more Catholic schools will close in the St. Louis area, bringing the total of Catholic school closures announced this school year to five.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Archdiocese of St. Louis has announced that St. Louis the King School at the Cathedral in St. Louis and St. Angela Merici School in Florissant will close.
The archdiocese says the schools are closing because they did not re-enroll many students for the coming school year, on top of having already low enrollment.
St. Angela Merici had about 230 students this school year, according to archdiocese data. It was expected to drop to about 188 students in 2017-18.
St. Louis the King will cease operations at its Central West End site and will “combine” with St. Cecilia School, Most Holy Trinity School and St. Louis Catholic Academy. The four city schools make up ACCESS Academies.
"Our schools will remain committed to working together and including members of the St. Louis the King and St. Angela Merici school communities in the process," the archdiocese says in a news release.
The Archdiocese had already announced that John F. Kennedy Catholic High School in Manchester, Our Lady of Sorrows School in south St. Louis and St. Peter School in St. Charles would cease operations at the end of the school year.