Why Choose Rochester Catholic Schools?

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).   
 "Research on the Case for Catholic Schools // Alliance for Catholic Education." Alliance for Catholic Education // University of Notre Dame. N.p., n.d. Web. 3 Oct. 2014. <http://ace.nd.edu/advocates/why-catholic-schools/research-on-the-case-for-catholic-schools>, http://www.ncea.org/data-information/catholic-school-data http://www.usccb.org/about/media-relations/statistics/catholic-education.cfm;