Benefits of Catholic School

Catholic schools infuse beliefs, values and standards that children will carry all their lives. They produce a safe learning environment for those from high-crime neighborhoods as well as structure and a faith- and values-based education. Catholic schools create a sense of community and an expectation that every child can and will achieve his or her goals”
The Wall Street Journal "Saving Catholic Education," September 30, 2011

Catholic schools are among the most brilliant anti-poverty programs in the history of the United States, serving as the great equalizer in formation, education and opportunity.

What the Research Says

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    Catholic schools tend to operate as communities rather than bureaucracies, which links to higher levels of teacher commitment, student engagement, and student achievement

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    The Catholic school climate, mission, and purpose positively impact student achievement and attendance

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    Graduates of Catholic high schools are more likely to vote

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    Catholic school graduates enjoy higher earning potential than public school graduates

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    Catholic school graduates are more civically engaged, more tolerant of diverse views, and more committed to service as adults, and less likely to be incarcerated than their public school peers

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    Neighborhood social cohesion decreases and disorder increases following the closure of a Catholic elementary school

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    A faith-based orientation builds coherence and integration of schools and school community

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    Inner-city Catholic school parents report taking an active role in their children’s education, and they believethat participating in the Catholic school community represents an opportunity to break the cycle of poverty

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    Latino Catholic school parents believe their children are more motivated, more focused, and working hardersince enrolling them in a Catholic school

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