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Baltimore’s Yeshivat Rambam day school announces closing

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May 9, 2011 | 10:32 am

A Baltimore Jewish day school will close at the end of this school year.

Yeshivat Rambam, which opened about 20 years ago and taught according to the Modern Orthodox philosophy of Torah U’Maddah, or Torah and secular knowledge, will shut down in June, it announced in a statement Sunday night, the Baltimore Jewish Times reported.

The school had already announced in January that it would close its high school division in an effort to get the rest of the school on its feet financially while working to increase enrollment in kindergarten through 8th grade.

But the financial situation reportedly proved to be too much for the award-winning school.

Parents and faculty were informed of the closing at separate meetings held Sunday night, according to the newspaper.

The school has retained a community-based adolescent-family-community relations counselor to help students, faculty and parents cope with the closing.

“Rambam faced rising costs, declining enrollment and a shrinking contributor base. Financial burdens were piling up. The time came for facing reality and making tough decisions. Thus, we have called this meeting tonight to let you know that it is with great sadness that Rambam’s Board of Directors has voted to close Rambam at the end of the current academic year,” Rambam President Meyer Shields said Sunday night.

Classes will continue on a regular schedule until the end of the school year. The school will help the students find other schools to attend.

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