Students in a Catholic school demonstrate higher academic achievement than students from similar backgrounds in public schools (Coleman & Hoffer, 1987; Coleman, Hoffer, & Kilgore, 1982; Greeley, 1982; Sander, 1996).
There are many great options for educating your student; however, Catholic schools have an undisputed track record of academic success with students. From our preschools to our high schools, Catholic schools produce high achieving students. In both math and reading, Catholic school students are performing above the national average at all elementary grade levels based on Renaissance STAR results. The average eighth grade student leaves with the grade equivalency of a twelfth grade student in mathematics according to the 2017 fall Renaissance STAR assessment results. Our high schools have an exceptional number of students being accepted into four-year universities throughout the United States and abroad. Catholic schools provide a proven and tested pathway to success for all students to achieve their life-long goals. While other options may exist, Catholic schools can provide the assurance that your student will advance and grow on a time tested pathway to success.
Graduates of Catholic schools are likely to earn higher wages than public school graduates (Hoxby, 1994; Neal, 1997).
Catholic schools tend to produce graduates who are more civically engaged, more tolerant for diverse views, and more committed to service as adults (Campbell, 2001; Greeley & Rossi, 1966; Greene, 1998; Wolf, Greene, Kleitz, & Thalhammer, 2001).
Presidents, CEOs, and most importantly, Popes are all products of the Catholic education system. Our schools have never looked at the success of a student by just a grade point average. Instead, we have always developed the entire student in the person of Jesus Christ. This means creating leaders who will go out to change the world. This moves our students to being more prone to leadership positions that have a higher level of pay. With a system that is designed to change the world, it is important that our graduates can be productive citizens who are civically engaged. None of these achievements would amount to anything without producing tolerant world views that can empathize with the underrepresented.
Latino and African American students who attend Catholic schools are more likely to graduate from high school and more likely to graduate from college than their public school peers (Benson, Yeager, Guerra, & Manno, 1986; Evans & Schwab, 1995; Neal, 1997; Sander & Krautman, 1995).
Our schools strive to benefit all who desire a Catholic education. Catholic education in America was founded on educating immigrants and underserved communities. From this early call, Catholic schools have seen successful outcomes with all students who cross their doors. With this mission, the diocese is committed to making Catholic education accessible for all families.
The diocese has also been making strides for accommodating students with disabilities in our schools. Each school is focusing on its model of inclusion for students who learn differently. While not every school can accommodate all students, please contact your local Catholic school to get a recommendation for the best possible Catholic school for your student.