Weekly Letter (Apr 8, ’19)

April 8, 2019

Dear Parents and Students,

It is with great sadness that I must inform you of the Archdiocese of San Francisco’s decision to close Star of the School at the end of the 2018-2019 academic year with the intention of restarting some classes at the start of the 2020-2021 school year. Be assured we have the needs of our students, as well as parents and our dedicated faculty and staff, at the center of the school’s planning for the remainder of the year. We will continue to provide exceptional spiritual, academic, and enrichment programs for our students, as we have done since 1909 through the end of the school year.

Last week, Archdiocesan leadership evaluated whether Star of the Sea had a viable and sustainable future, particularly from an operational standpoint. Beginning at the end of the 2017-2018 school year enrollment has been on a downturn with a 60 percent decline since then. Despite optimizing expenditures and the promise of a generous subsidy from the parish, we could not ignore the enrollment trend. Nor did we want to raise tuition to a cost prohibitive level to maintain the quality of education with significantly fewer students, which made the decision unfortunate, but clear.

I know that many of us were filled with hope at the positive momentum that we generated this fall and winter. Know that I am grateful for the overwhelming support and dedication among faculty, parents, students, our many committees, the Parent Club, and all of the efforts to promote the school. We need our entire Star community to come together to help our students, who are at the heart of our mission, and each other.

In an effort to make the transition to a new school as smooth as possible, Star of the Sea will host an event this Wednesday evening, April 10, from 5:45-6:45 pm in our cafeteria. We have invited several representatives from nearby Catholic schools to give enrollment information and be available for questions. Current Star of the Sea parents are welcome to join us for this event and stay for our April Parent Club meeting which begins at 7 pm.

We recognize that there have been rumors of Star closing over the last few months. However, the decision to suspend the school did not happen until the middle of last week. As disappointed as we all are, we must look toward the future and support our students during this unsettling transition, relying on the Holy Spirit’s guidance and strength.

Take care and God bless,

Mr. David Gallagher

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