THE BRONX - The Department of Education voted to close Christopher Columbus High School due to underperformance, low demand and inability to serve students.

The school has one of the largest special education programs in The Bronx, and approximately 25 percent of its total students attend the program. Many parents say they will fight the closure.

The current class of freshman at the school will be the last to graduate, and the school is slated to close in 2013.

The DOE voted to close six schools in the Bronx last month. The teachers union and NAACP have sued the department to stop citywide school closures.