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Additional Catholic School Education Facts and Trends
(Source: National Catholic Education Association)
During the 2006-2007 academic year, 36 new schools opened; 212 closed or consolidated.
The largest growth in schools and enrollment has been, generally, in suburban areas (Opened: 16 Mid-Eastern states) and in the Southeast (3 schools) and Far Western (4 schools) regions of the United States.
The largest enrollment declines have been in the large, urban areas in the Mid-Eastern (school closures: 94 elementary; 5 secondary) and Great Lakes (school closures: 45 elementary) sections of the United States.
Between 2000 – 2008, enrollment in Catholic schools declined 14.4% overall; enrollment in Catholic elementary schools declined 15.8% (24.7% in urban schools).
There are 7.6 million students in Catholic education at all levels – schools, religious education programs, colleges, universities and seminaries.
Mean elementary parish school tuition: $2,607; secondary school mean freshman tuition: $6,906.
Dioceses with The Twenty Largest Enrollments:
Catholic secondary school graduation rate: 99%; 97% go to college.
Alternative school operating models:
Cristo Rey Schools
San Miguel Schools
- Offers low-income students an affordable college-prep high school education through work study programs with partnering companies and organizations that provide job training and positions in exchange for the majority of the school tuition.
- Founded in 2001, 19 schools comprise the Cristo Rey School network
- Examples: Cristo Rey New York High School, Don Bosco Cristo Rey High School in Washington, DC
- Run by the Christian Brothers, these are low cost or free schools for low-income middle school aged children
- Begun in 2001, 64 schools now exist, serving 4,300 students in 27 states
- Examples: St. Ignatius School, Bronx, NY; Sacred Heart Nativity School, San Jose, CA
- To aid struggling schools, a consortium is formed to administer the schools, achieving academic, enrollment, resource and financial stability through shared resources, bill paying, facilities management, tuition collection and professional development and practice.
- Examples: School districts in Memphis, TN, Indianapolis, IN
- Notre Dame Magnificat Schools: A model of university-school partnership between the University of Notre Dame and individual urban Catholic schools. Magnificat Schools benefit from University resources and engage their local communities to implement a set of best practices in a unique model of urban Catholic schooling.
- There are currently three Magnificat Schools: Holy Redeemer Catholic School in Washington, DC; St. Adalbert Catholic School in South Bend, IN; and St. Ann Catholic School in Chicago, IL.