BENSONHURST - Three underperforming Brooklyn high schools will permanently shut their doors in a move by the Department of Education (DOE).

Lafayette High School students learned the news Tuesday when they arrived at the Bensonhurst facility. Other schools include Samuel J. Tilden High School in East Flatbush and South Shore High School in Canarsie. The DOE says the 6,000 affected students will graduate, but freshmen will not be allowed to enroll.

The DOE plans to replace the schools with smaller institutions by 2010. Officials say violence, poor test scores and low graduation rates were factors in the decision.