SACRAMENTO, California — Wednesday afternoon, Paramount Collegiate Academy in Sacramento shut down abruptly, sending dozens of students and staff scrambling from not knowing what to do next.
Students said they received a letter moment before dismissal, outlining the fate of the 6th- through 12th-grade charter school known for its science and technology curriculum.
The letter cited low enrollment, plus facility and financial challenges. The board of directors met Wednesday afternoon and voted unanimously to close the academy. Hours after their meeting, the school went dark — along with its website.
Frustrated families came to the school after the closure to get answers.
“No answer the phone, no answer, nothing,” parent Aida Cardenas said.
“I’m actually kind of surprised because it’s the first time I’d seen a school get shut down,” said Giovanni Cardenas, who was a student at the school for three years.
Halfway through the school year, parents said they’re left scrambling to re-enroll their children elsewhere.
“You can’t decide in a day to close a school,” parent Yared Negussie said. “I’m upset, I’m confused. I’m not sure where she’s going to go next.”
The office will operate temporarily through the end of the month, opening Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. The school said it will help with student transfers. It will operate from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Report cards will be mailed out next week.