What is National Catholic Schools Week?
National Catholic Schools Week is the annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States. It starts the last Sunday in January and runs all week, which in 2021 is January 31 – February 6.
The theme for the National Catholic Schools Week is “Catholic Schools: Faith. Excellence. Service.” Schools typically observe the annual celebration week with Masses, open houses and other activities for students, families, parishioners and community members. Through these events, schools focus on the value Catholic education through the teachings of Jesus Christ provide to young people and its contributions to our church, our communities and our nation.
What do our schools have planned for Catholic Schools Week?
Catholic Schools in our diocese will celebrate the following daily themes and celebrations:
- SUNDAY Catholic Schools: In Our Parish; Celebrating the leadership and guidance that our religious provide our schools;
- MONDAY Catholic Schools: In Our Community; learning to serve others in their local community.
- TUESDAY Catholic Schools: In Our Students; celebrating the significant contributions Catholic schools make to the nation.
- WEDNESDAY Catholic Schools: In Our Nation; our students, families, educators and other Catholic school supporters communicate the value of Catholic education to government leaders.
- THURSDAY Catholic Schools: In Our Vocations; preparing children to use their God-given talents to their fullest in their eventual life paths.
- FRIDAY Catholic Schools: In Our Faculty, Staff and Volunteers; honoring the teachers and staff that provide service to our schools.
- SATURDAY Catholic Schools: In Our Families; Showing appreciation for the partnership our parents provide at the school by instilling in their children values and expectations to be successful.
To find a detailed event listing for a Catholic School near you, go to Find a School
Good News for the Nation: Catholic Schools Are Thriving.
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. While some Catholic schools are challenged by declining enrollments and school closures, the good news is that there is a strong demand and enthusiasm for Catholic schools. Thirty-two percent of Catholic schools have waiting lists for admission and new schools are opening across the country.
Listed below are some national facts and figures about the ongoing excellence and promise of growth represented in our country's Catholic schools.
- There are close to 6,200 Catholic Schools in our country today (17 in our diocese).
- 99% of our students graduate from high school compared to about 78% of public school children nationwide.
- The average classroom has about 14 students in it for every one teacher.|
- Over 95% of our graduates go on to college. Almost 80% of our graduates get into their first choice of college or university.
- 100% of students at our schools participate in some kind of service learning opportunity while in school.
- Catholic School graduates are more likely to attend Mass, be married in the church, and have their children baptized then those parishioners who do not graduate from Catholic Schools.