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Christian academy closes its doors

After serving the Sisters community for over two decades, Sisters Christian Academy is closing its doors permanently.

Robby Gilliam, Board Chair and Acting Principal of SCA made the announcement last week.

Gilliam said that the decision was based largely on declining enrollment over the past two years. That was exacerbated by the forced closure of schools due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Gilliam said that parents surveyed in recent weeks had indicated that they had made other plans for schooling for next year, indicating that enrollment would not recover.

“It ended up being more of an enrollment issue than a cash-flow issue,” he said.

The pre-school program from SCA will be absorbed into the offering of WellHouse (formerly Westside) Church. Teacher Mary Ryan, who attends the church, will bring her curriculum with her to “make that pretty seamless for the community,” Gilliam said.

Gilliam expressed the board and the staff’s appreciation to Sisters.

“We are just thankful and grateful to the community for over 20 years of support,” he said. “We’ve just been honored to serve the community for 20 years.”

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