- Associated Press - Monday, June 20, 2016

FREDERICK, Md. (AP) - A Catholic girls school in downtown Frederick says the 192-year-old institution will close June 30 due to low enrollment and rising costs.

Visitation Academy Chairman Mark Matan (MAT’-en) announced the shutdown Friday in a letter to parents.

Archdiocese of Baltimore spokesman Sean Caine says in an email that 89 students are registered for next school year. WTOP-FM reported the school’s enrollment at 145 in 2012.

The school offered classes from pre-kindergarten through middle school.

Matan’s letter says school officials and the archdiocese will help families find other Catholic schools for their children.

The school’s website says the nearly four-acre property is the largest parcel in the downtown historic district.

The Frederick News-Post reported the shutdown Friday. It says the property has an assessed value of nearly $3.7 million.

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