The following comes from a March 8 SF Examiner article by Michael Barba:
St. Mary’s School, one of the oldest Catholic schools in the Bay Area, will shut down at the end of the school year because of low enrollment and financial instability, though church officials said Tuesday that it could reopen in the future.
The Chinatown-based private elementary school was founded in 1921 to serve Chinese immigrants, and today is housed in one of the newest school buildings in The City. It will “suspend operations” in June after struggling in recent years to find new students through marketing tactics, according to a news release from the Archdiocese of San Francisco.
In a statement, Father Bart Landry, pastor and director of the school, said the ceasing of operations at the K-8 elementary school “is a suspension and not a closure.”
Landry said the parish will consider reopening kindergarten and other classes for young students if parents with children at the Bilingual Montessori Preschool, which will not suspend operations, are interested as the kids grow older.