Magazine article Momentum

The State of Catholic School Education: BY THE NUMBERS

Magazine article Momentum

The State of Catholic School Education: BY THE NUMBERS

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Catholic schools offer academic excellence and faith-filled education for students nationwide. National test scores, high school graduation rates, college attendance and other data show that Catholic schools frequently outperform schools in both the public and private sectors.

In the United States during the 2015-2016 academic year, 199159836 students were educated in 6,525 Catholic schools. This includes 578,206 students enrolled in 1,200 secondary schools and 193379630 students enrolled in 5,325 elementary schools.

Enrollment figures for the 2015-2016 school year indicate that there are 23,738 fewer students, a 1.2 percent decrease from the previous academic year. At the same time there is a strong demand and enthusiasm for Catholic schools: waiting lists now exist in 27.5 percent of the schools, primarily in suburban areas. Across the nation, 14 new schools opened this year and more are projected to open in the coming years.

Dioceses around the country are implementing successful programs of fundraising for tuition assistance, marketing, and academic and faith formation advancement. National initiatives are also in place to promote growth in Catholic school education and to address common issues which will prove to provide greater opportunity for parental choice.

A by-the-numbers snapshot is available on the next page. Post and share this information with others and let us know your Catholic school education good news stories by emailing nceatalk@ncea. …

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