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Facts About Catholic Schools

  • 99% of Catholic School students graduate high school as opposed to 78.2% in public
  • In national and science achievement tests at both the elementary and secondary levels, Catholic school students outscored their public school counterparts.
  • In all subjects, Catholic school students show greater academic achievement gains between tenth and twelfth graders than do public school students.
  • Catholic school students from disadvantaged families show no corresponding academic deficiencies in math or verbal achievement, while similar students in public and other private schools show substantial academic deficiencies.
  • In Catholic school, minority students from underprivileged backgrounds outperform their public school counterparts.
  • Catholic school graduates of every ethnic background choose a pre-professional college curriculum twice as often as public school graduates.
  • 85.7% of 12th grade Catholic school students attend a 4 year university as opposed to 39.5% in public school
  • Catholic School students surpassed public school students by an average of 4.5% in math, 4.8% in science, and 12.5% in reading in the three grade levels of the National Assessment of Educational Progress test of the federal government
From NCEA (National Catholic Educational Association) website