Parents choose Catholic schools for any and all of the following reasons: faith formation, high academic standards, values-added education, and safe school environment. There are a variety of reasons parents choose and commit to stay in Catholic schools. Listed below are just a few. If you are thankful for your experience, please share your story with RCS!
Catholic schools are good for the community.
The Catholic school climate, mission, and purpose positively impact student achievement and attendance (Bryk, Lee, & Holland, 1993).
Catholic schools tend to operate as communities rather than bureaucracies, which links to higher levels of teacher commitment, student engagement, and student achievement (Marks, 2009).
A faith-based orientation builds coherence and integration of schools and school community (Bryk, Lee, & Holland, 1993).
Catholic schools provide nearly 23 billion dollars a year in savings for U.S. taxpayers. Not only do Catholic school alumni/ae contribute some of the largest sums of money to charitable donations, but they spare our nation’s bottom line each year.
Catholic Schools help students achieve academically.
In Catholic schools, 99.1% of Catholic secondary
school students graduate and 84.7% go on to college, compared to 44.1% of
public school graduates. This makes us truly college-preparatory for a great
many of our students versus a certain number of students in other school systems.
The national average student/teacher ratio is 12.5:1, compared with 16:1 in public schools. There are research-proven studies that show the lower the student/teacher ratio, the higher opportunity for academic success for each individual child.
In Catholic schools, the student achievement gap is smaller than in public schools (Jeynes, 2007; Marks & Lee, 1989)
In Catholic schools, student math scores improve between sophomore and senior years (Carbonaro, & Covay, 2010).
Latino and African American students in Catholic schools are more likely to graduate from high school and college (Grogger & Neal, 2000).
Students with multiple disadvantages benefit most from Catholic schools (Greeley, 1982; Evans & Schwab, 1995; Neal, 1997).
The poorer and more at-risk a student is, the greater the relative achievement gains in Catholic schools (York, 1996).
More research on student achievement from Catholic Education: a Journal of Inquiry and Practice
Minority enrollment in
Catholic schools for the academic year 2011-2012 was 624,878 or 30.2% of total
enrollment. Catholic schools, even in a time of great civil unrest, have proven
to be the most welcoming school environment in our nation’s history.
In Catholic schools, overall academic achievement is higher (Coleman, Hoffer, & Kilgore, 1982; Sander, 1996).
Catholic schools help build a better society.
- Graduates of Catholic high schools are more likely to vote (Dee, 2005).
- Graduates of Catholic high schools are more likely to earn higher wages (Neal, 1997).
- Catholic schools tend to produce graduates who are more civically engaged, more tolerant of diverse views, and more committed to service as adults (Campbell, 2001; Wolf, Greene, Kleitz, & Thalhammer, 2001).
- When a Catholic school closes, neighborhood disorder increases (Brinig, Garnett, 2009).