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 The iconic private school in Homesite, Bacolod, is set to be closing its doors forever.

Over a hundreds out of 14,000 private schools have closed their doors since the pandemic hit two years ago, according to the Department of Education. The closures have affected tens of thousands of students and teachers.

In the latest case, Jack & Jill
and Castleson High Schools announced its closure. The institution has been running for 60 years and has become popular for how many decades will permanently saying goodbye at the end of June 30, 2023.

"Permanent Closure of Jack & Jill Schools, Castleson High After 60 Years," the statement read.

"HOMESITE, Bacolod City, Philippines,  May 8, 2023: After 60 years of stellar service to the community, Jack & Jill Schools and Castleson High Schools are permanently closing its doors as of June 30, 2023.

"Due to the reverberating effects of the pandemic, management indicated the  insurmountable burden on its finances despite its swift conversion to online classes and intensive teacher training. 

"Dr. Muriel Lopez-Wagner, the current president, stated that they have been grieving the loss of Mrs. Cecilia del Castillo Lopez since 2020 as well as feeling the distress as they watched the decrease in enrollment year after year. 

“I think several significant factors led to the ultimate financial collapse where the only way out was to sell a building” reports Dr. Lopez. At the same time, she expressed her deepest gratitude to hundreds of parents, students, alumni, teachers, staff, and loyal supporters who will always carry the Jack & Jill trademark and love. School staff are prepared for a smooth transfer of their current students to other schools."

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