Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Cathedral School to close

Posted By on Wed, May 25, 2011 at 11:02 AM

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The vestry at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral sent notice today that the Cathedral School would close at the end of this school year after 54 years. A pre-school will continue to operate.

The school's future has been cloudy since the establishment of the Episcopal Collegiate School on Cantrell Road. It was begun in 1998 as an independent middle school to serve students coming from the K-6 Cathedral School, but eventually grew to encompass grades Pre-K-12 and competed for many students who might have gone to the -K-6 Cathedral School.

The message:

After more than fifty years of service to the Little Rock community, The Cathedral School will close its doors for the last time at the conclusion of this school year. For 54 years, The Cathedral School has been served by some of the most dedicated and faithful people in the city of Little Rock. It has provided a wonderful education in a caring environment, rich in tradition. Throughout its history, and particularly for the last several years, many people worked tirelessly and made considerable financial gifts to keep the school open. Unfortunately, small class sizes, modest tuition, and reduced enrollment caused the school to be financially unsustainable for the foreseeable future.

The Early Childhood Education Program, serving children six weeks old through forty-eight months old, is not affected by this decision and will continue as a part of the Cathedral Parish.

Please keep the students, teachers, staff, families, and alumni of The Cathedral School in your prayers. We offer our thanks to each of them who have made The Cathedral School a special, holy community and place since 1957.

The Vestry of Trinity Cathedral Parish

Arkansas Business quotes a company staff member who served on the Cathedral school board that the decision came as a shock because school enrollment had increased from 60 students in 2009 to an expected 92 in the next school year.

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