Catholic elementary school closing in San Francisco

Enrollment at 129-year-old St. Charles Borromeo School has declined by almost half over the past three years, school building faces construction issues

St. Charles Borromeo School in San Francisco (image from SF Bayview)

Fr. John Jimenez, pastor and director of St. Charles Borromeo School in San Francisco, and the Archdiocese of San Francisco have notified school parents and faculty that the K-8 elementary school will suspend operations at the end of the current school year in June.

The Archdiocese said that enrollment at the 129-year-old school has declined by almost half over the past three years.  “It will take a period of time and much work to build enrollment back up to where it needs to be to provide a solid learning environment for our children,” the Archdiocese stated.

The 130-year-old school building faces imminent serious construction and seismic challenges. The Archdiocese said that “these include expensive construction and seismic issues which must be planned for now and begin to be addressed in the very near future.”

Strengthening enrollment at the parish school and addressing the physical plant challenges are the primary objectives to be met while school operations are suspended.  The most immediate task though, beginning next week, is assisting all current K-7 students in registering at nearby Catholic schools for the fall semester.

Full story from Archdiocese of San Francisco website.

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  1. The saga continues, implosion of the V2 Church.

    • Steve Seitz says:

      Harv,
      I think your analysis is faulty and the term “V2 Church” is inaccurate. I strongly suspect that the students who left the school did so because they were of wishy-washy Catholics who didn’t agree with the new direction of the diocese.

      Also, the term V2 Church plays straight into the now defunct liberal playbook that there is only one council that counts in the history of the Church. The central hub of the Mystical Body of Christ is the Catholic Church.

      • Your Fellow Catholic says:

        Good points.

        Seems many people are leaving based on what they see happenning w our Arch in the last few years. Our people, teachers, students were in the streets protesting the Archbishop just 1.5 yr ago. Just this week, we learn that the Diocese of San Jose, which was an important feeder diocese into our Archdiocesean seminary, has chosen to send their candidates 500 times farther away to receive their ed.

        But I think I’d give this school credit in that they seem to be trying to figure out a path forward. Let’s lift them up, not tear them down!

  2. Steve,
    That is ridiculous thinking. You said: “the students who left the school did so because they were of wishy-washy Catholics who didn’t agree with the new direction of the diocese”, Good grief these are K-8 graders! Not Highschool or College students. It wasn’t the children who decided not to attend there, it was their parents pulling out of the school. They may be wishy-washy V2 members yes! And maybe for good cause, because the V2 Church has become wishy-washy, anything goes! There are those niave that deny there is any difference between the Roman Catholic Church and the V2 Church. I suggest you do a lot of investigating of the truth and you will find out they are different like between night and day!

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