According to a statement from the Catholic Schools Department of the Archdiocese of San Antonio, extremely low enrollment and financial problems caused St. Gerard Catholic High School to close about a month before classes resumed.
The 95-year-old Catholic school, located at 521 S New Braunfels Ave., confirmed enrollment of just 35 students for the 2022-23 school year, and with that many students, the projected budget shortfall for the operation of the school would have been more than $500,000, according to the release.
“The Archdiocese is very proud of the rich history and legacy of contributions made by the St. Gerard Catholic School community and its alumni over its 95 years, and is deeply saddened that the school no has not been able to overcome the challenges of registration and funding over the past few years of the pandemic,” the statement said.
The budget is funded by tuition, donations and fundraising, as well as grants from the Archdiocese. According to the statement, the archdiocese provided St. Gerard with large grants over the past few years that were “unsustainable,” the statement said.
“As discussed by Catholic School Department staff at a meeting with parents at St. Gerard Catholic Secondary School in early June, academic programming and quality must be delivered with fidelity” , the statement said. “Due to financial constraints, the school is unable to offer the programming that parents and students should expect for a quality Catholic education.”
The Department of Catholic Schools and the Archdiocese will help families transition to another Catholic secondary school if they wish to continue their Catholic education, including possible tuition assistance at other secondary schools.
St. Gerard was the only Catholic school located on the East Side.