Archdiocese announces it will close 3 schools

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CHICAGO -- The  Chicago Archdiocese announced it will close three schools in Chicago at the end of the year.

The three schools are St. Agatha Catholic Academy in Chicago Lawndale neighborhood, St. Peter School in northwest suburban Antioch, and Seton Academy in South Holland.

Students at Seton say the school sent their parents an e-mail explaining the situation. And this messages was posted on school website:

We are sorry to announce that Seton Academy will close at the end of the 2015-2016 school year.

The Archdiocese says both Seton and St. Peter were experiencing fiscal difficulties and enrollment problems. According to the Archdiocese, the Seton School Board has known the school was at risk of closure for two years.

St Agatha, which last year transitioned to an early childcare program, has an enrollment of just 12 students.

In a statement, the Archdiocese said:

These closures result from extensive conversations and planning at each of these sites. In the end, closure was recommended for each school by the Archdiocesan School Board and the Office of Catholic Schools. Archbishop Cupich has accepted the recommendations.

Seton was scheduled to host the Catholic high school entrance exam on Saturday. It has been cancelled.