St. James the Greater catholic school


St. James the Greater Announces It's Closing - Again

There's no word yet on if another miracle fundraising effort can save the school this time.

January 22, 2019 - 5:20 pm

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - More money troubles at a catholic grade school in Dogtown, which narrowly avoided being closed two years ago. It's the St. James the Greater school on Tamm Avenue.

The pastor of the church notified parishioners Sunday that the school needs more than $200,000 to stay afloat, and enrollment has fallen to about 75 students. At one time the school had some 200 students.

Two years ago the school raised enough money to avoid a shutdown sought by the St. Louis Archdiocese. No word on whether a new round of fundraising is planned. 

The kindergarten through eighth grade school raised more than $300,000 to avoid closing in 2017. 

The Archdiocese of St. Louis released a statement:

The parents, parish leadership, and the Office of Catholic Education and Formation deserve a tremendous amount of thanks in attempting to keep St. James the Greater school running this last year.

Over the past 18 months, there have been over six community meetings and multiple level Council meetings attended by the pastor of St. James the Greater, Fr. RajPaul Sundararaj. Additionally, Father includes detailed information in the bulletin every week and at weekend Masses. This decision was made after a great deal of transparency, discussion, and information sharing. 

Despite the efforts of all involved, decreasing enrollment numbers are an unfortunate sign of our times and changes in population. 

The Archdiocese of St. Louis’ education office will be happy to assist parents as they find other accommodations for their children within the Catholic school system.