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Mount Assisi Academy fights to stay open

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Monday night in the southwest suburbs girls and parents who are passionate about education are trying to save their school.

Mount Assisi Academy in Lemont has been educating women for decades.

However, enrollment has declined and the sisters who run the school have made the tough choice to close it down.

Roughly 100 parents, students and alumni gathered Monday at a candlelight vigil outside of the academy, sharing stories about what their school means to them.

The sisters that run the school decided to close the doors in June.

In a statement released by the sisters a deficit and declining enrollment were cited as reasons for the decision. The sisters said in the statement they tried to boost enrollment over the last five years, but it simple wasn't enough.

The announcement came after the school allowed incoming freshman to take placement exams. Forty one girls took the tests, their goal was 55.

Supporters of the school said the announcement came as a shock to them as they had no idea that enrollment was down.

Cardinal George is aware of the schools decision to close.

Parents and students said they will continue to try and find a way for the school to stay open.

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