St. Joseph School of All Saints Parish. (Courtesy photograph.)
St. Joseph School of All Saints Parish, a Haverhill Catholic elementary school since 1888, is closing its doors at the end of the school year.
The closing displaces 133 students, ranging from nursery school to eighth grade. Faculty, staff, parents and students received the news Wednesday. The school is located near Lafayette Square.
“It is with profound sadness and regret that I announce that the school at 56 Oak Terrace is closing at the end of June,” said Pastor Timothy Kearney. He explained in a letter the school’s enrollment has dropped 51 percent since 2012 when the total number of students was 269. “Efforts to increase student enrollment and retention of students have met with limited success,” he added.
It may not be known until fall registration begins how many of the students will transition into public schools.
Kearney said the nursery and pre-kindergarten program will continue at the Early Childhood Center, 120 Bellevue Ave. He said the kindergarten program might also be retained if there is enough interest.
The school had recently employed 12 full-time teachers, six part-time teachers and two classroom aides, according to a fact sheet provided by the school. Displaced teachers are being placed on a priority list for any vacancies at other Catholic schools.
The school targets children from Haverhill, Lawrence, Merrimac, Methuen, Groveland, Mass., and Atkinson, Hampstead, Kingston and Plaistow, N.H.