How is Catholic school enrollment changing in San Francisco?
A reader notes that one major shift in San Francisco’s educational scene over the past 20 or so years has been a massive demographic change in attendance at Catholic schools.
“The majority of private school students in SF used to attend relatively inexpensive parochial schools. Catholic schools have been closing and consolidating in droves in the last decade or two as working class Catholics leave the city for less expensive housing,” the reader notes.
- Mission Dolores merged with Megan Furth Academy (which itself was a consolidation of St. Dominic’s and Sacred Heart School.)
- St. Emydius CLOSED
- St. Elizabeth Ann Seton CLOSED
- St. Paul’s of the Shipwreck CLOSED
- St. Anthony’s, merged with Immaculate Conception.
Many of these schools also used to support 2 or 3 classes per grade only have 1 now.
So perhaps families who previously would have sent their kids to Catholic schools have either left the city or are going to public schools