Magazine article National Catholic Reporter

Facts, Figures on Catholic Education in U.S

Magazine article National Catholic Reporter

Facts, Figures on Catholic Education in U.S

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Elementary

STUDENT POPULATION: In the United States, 7,114 Catholic elementary schools serve a student population of 1,992,183. Eleven percent of the students are Hispanic-Latino Americans, 9 percent are African-Americans and 4 percent are Asian-Americans.

FAITH BACKGROUND: Nearly 12 percent of elementary school students are of non-Catholic backgrounds.

LOCATION: Thirty-three percent of Catholic elementary schools are in urban settings; 13 percent are in the inner cities; 31 percent are in the suburbs and 23 percent are in rural areas.

TEACHERS: Laity represent 89.5 percent of the full-time equivalent teaching staff in Catholic elementary schools; sisters, brothers and priests represent 10.5 percent. The average pupil-teacher ratio in Catholic elementary schools is 18-to-1.

KINDERGARTEN: Catholic preschool enrollment has risen almost 400 percent in the past decade. Forty-three percent of Catholic elementary schools have pre-kindergarten programs.

TUITION: The average tuition for children in the parish is $1,152. The average cost per pupil in Catholic elementary schools is $2,0.44. Ninety percent of schools nationwide receive subsidies from parishes; 37 percent have endowments.

SALARIES: The average annual salary for elementary school teachers is $19,132. The average salary for lay principals is $32,160.

DESERTION/EXPULSION RATE: Not available.

Secondary

STUDENT POPULATION: There are 1,231 Catholic secondary schools with 584,662 students enrolled. …

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