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Catholic school in San Francisco will close

Jan. 30, 2023
The Archdiocese of San Francisco blames the closure of St. Thomas the Apostle School on declining enrollment.

St. Thomas the Apostle School, a Catholic school in San Francisco's Outer Richmond District, will close at the end of the school year.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the pastor of the St. Monica-St. Thomas parish announced the decision in a letter to parents.

The campus has struggled with declining student enrollment, as have many parish schools in the city, and an archdiocesan spokesman confirmed that the shutdown was because of "low enrollment that was negatively impacting the long-term financial viability of the school."

School officials say that enrollment plummeted by 120 last year, bringing the student body down to 81 at the end of the school year.

Before the enrollment decline began, St. Thomas the Apostle had 300 students, starting in preschool.

The school has been part of the St. Monica-St. Thomas the Apostle Parish since a merger in 2017, and students displaced from St. Thomas  will be offered a direct transfer to nearby St. Monica School.

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