Private school enrollment declining in Fresno area

Declining enrollment -- as much as 10% at some campuses -- is taking a toll on private schools in the Valley.

A growing number of parents have lost jobs or taken pay cuts and, unable to keep up with tuition, have transferred their children to public and charter schools, officials said.

Private schools say they are being hit even harder than public schools grappling with state budget cuts, because nearly all of their financial support comes from tuition and donations, both of which have declined.

The financial pinch is being felt at both religious and nonreligious schools, forcing many of them to look at new ways to raise money.

For some, it means laying off staff, cutting tuition or finding alternative ways to generate income. For others, it's too late.

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