SAN FERNANDO, Calif. — St. Ferdinand Catholic School has been in the city of San Fernando since 1929, and now it's in danger of shutting down.
St. Ferdinand is one of six elementary schools the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles will close in June.
The news came as a shock to alumni such as Priscilla Solis-Cabrera, who said she was sick when she heard the news.
"I didn't believe it. I honestly didn't believe it," she said.
For Solis-Cabrera's family, St. Ferdinand isn't just a school. While browsing her St. Ferdinand yearbook, she explained that her whole family attended the school.
She said she was hoping her daughter would continue the tradition of St. Ferdinand alumni within her family.
"When I drop her off at school, I feel like I'm dropping her off with her grandparents. That's really how I feel because I feel that she's safe there, it's a small environment and that she's just surrounded by family," Solis-Cabrera said.
She also feels the environment gives her daughter security and confidence, which is why Solis-Cabrera is part of the Save St. Ferdinand's catholic school committee.
They're holding fundraisers and rallies in hopes of keeping the school open.
The Archdiocese of Los Angeles said they are closing the schools due to low enrollment, shifting demographics and financial difficulties. The Archdiocese plans to consolidate with nearby schools, but Solis-Cabrera said it wouldn't be the same.