First-grader Lauren Shaw works on a math problem in late January at St. Kateri School in Irondequoit, N.Y. The National Catholic Education Association says enrollment at U.S. Catholic elementary and high schools has dipped 1.5 percent, but 28 new schools have opened in the 2012-13 school year.
Catholic News Service
Catholic educators opened 28 new schools and closed or consolidated 148 others during the 2012-13 school year.
And while a number of Catholic schools have closed, more than 32 percent of U.S Catholic schools have waiting lists.
Catholic school enrollment decreased by 1.5 percent during the past school Despite population losses and financial difficulties, 41.5 percent of schools remain in urban/inner city locations. And when schools do close, dioceses make intensive efforts to help displaced students find a place in nearby Catholic schools.
School voucher programs are in place in 12 states and the District of Columbia; 11 states provide tax credit scholarship programs; and six states provide individuals with tax credits or deductions for education expenses.
there are 1,415,244 elementary students currently enrolled in 5,472 Catholic elementary schools. Secondary school enrollment declined slightly, with 586,496 secondary students currently enrolled, compared to 640,952 last year. Catholic secondary schools total 1,213, compared to 1,225 last year.
Student diversity in Catholic schools has increased significantly during the past 40 years. Racial diversity in Catholic schools last year was 19.6 percent and Hispanic/Latino ethnicity was 14.3 percent. In addition, 15.9 percent of students in Catholic schools are not Catholic.