NCEA BY THE NUMBERS
Total Catholic school enrollment: 2,065,872
Elementary school enrollment: 1,467,694
Secondary school enrollment: 598,178
Minority students: 624,878 30.2%
Non-Catholic: 307,458 14.9%
Total number of schools: 6,980
Elementary schools: 5,774
Secondary schools: 1,206
New schools in 2009/10: 34
New schools in last 1 0 years: 463
Schools with waiting lists for admission: (26.1%) 1,822
Full-time professional staff 151,473
Non-parochial school Catholic elementary students: 3,055,645
Non-parochial school Catholic secondary students: 687,174
Directors of Religious Education: (Estimate) 13,000
BOARDS, COMMISSIONS, COUNCILS OF CATHOLIC EDUCATION
Number of boards: 5,749
Schools with boards: 82.4%
CATHOLIC COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES
Number of colleges/universities: 234
Total Seminary enrollment: 3,483
Diocesan candidates in Theology: 2,656
Religious candidates in Theology: 827
High School enrollment: 510
College level enrollment: 1,443
Graduate-level Theologates: 46
MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT
THIS ANNUAL REPORT IS A SALUTE to an outstanding NCEA program: the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Awards. Iwenry years ago the association established the Awards to recognize individuals who have made exceptional contributions to U.S. education vouth in general ind to Catholic education in particular. Since 1991, 130 have been honored including Barbara Bush, Father Ted Hesburgh, Beverly Sills and Peter Lynch.
What binds these individuals together is their passion for Catholic education and their determination to strengthen our schools and preserve them lor the next generation. Many of them are deeply committed ro religious education programs, colleges and seminaries as well - Catholic education at all levels. TIi e goal ol the Seton Awards is not only to applaud this commitment but to encourage others to follow in their footsteps.
This year NCEA also recognized the Archdiocese of New Orleans with the President s Award for the leadership and spirit ol the archdiocese and its schools in the aftermath or Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Five years ago almost every school was touched in some way whether through direct damage, enrollment shuts or a daunting future. Yet Catholic schools defied the odds and were back in operation within five weeks.
This accomplishment not only reflected the vision of the archdiocesan leaders, but underscored the power of site-based management, with school principals and stari embracing the challenge and understanding that the key ro saving the city was restoring education.
There are many attributes that set Catholic education apart. I think the amazing courage, character and steadfastness of our educators is singular. It does not surprise me that these same characteristics are shared by the extraordinary Seton honorees we have saluted during the past twenty years.
Karen M. Ristati. Ed.D.
ABOUT THE NATIONAL CATHOLIC EDUCATIONAL ASSOCIATION
Diocesan leaders, principals, teachers, college presidents, directors of religious education, board members, pastors, parents and seminary directors are among the more than 200,000 members of the National CatJiolic Educational Association. These educators have a vast influence on the nation. They serve more than 7 million students at all levels of Catholic education.
The first Seton award went to Barbara Bush, pictured with Sr. Catherine McNamee, NCEA president, and Seton Scholar in 1991.
LEADERSHIP. DIRECTION. SERVICE.
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