Saint Agatha School, located at 736 40th Street in the Sunset Park neighborhood of Brooklyn, permanently closed after the conclusion of the 2016-17 school year. Father Vincentius Do, pastor of St. Agatha Parish, and Principal Maximo Catala made the announcement during a meeting with parents on January 10, 2017.
The school was unable to continue because of mounting financial challenges, including a significant rise in per-student costs that was compounded by a steady decrease in enrollment since 2010.
In a letter to parents, Do and Catala wrote, “To attempt to continue the school while further curtailing academic services and extra-curricular activities would be a serious disservice to your sons and daughters. Also, the necessary staff constrictions would contribute to the deterioration of the total educational program.”
The Diocesan Office of the Superintendent of Schools, in conjunction with the school administration, is available to help enroll students in other Catholic schools. Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Academy, also located in Sunset Park, has extended a special invitation for enrollment due to its close proximity.
Superintendent of Schools Thomas Chadzutko said, “The staff of the office of the superintendent are here to assist the entire St. Agatha community, and our prayers are with them during this difficult time.”