- Catholic secondary schools in Alabama (9 P)
- Catholic secondary schools in Alaska (3 P)
- Catholic secondary schools in Arizona (15 P)
- Catholic secondary schools in Arkansas (5 P)
- Catholic secondary schools in California (3 C, 121 P)
- Catholic secondary schools in Colorado (8 P)
- Catholic secondary schools in Connecticut (22 P)
- Catholic secondary schools in Idaho (1 P)
- Catholic secondary schools in Illinois (1 C, 68 P)
- Catholic secondary schools in Indiana (26 P)
- Catholic secondary schools in Iowa (1 C, 24 P)
- Catholic secondary schools in Louisiana (2 C, 36 P)
- Catholic secondary schools in Maine (3 P)
- Catholic secondary schools in Maryland (2 C, 36 P)
- Catholic secondary schools in Massachusetts (1 C, 48 P)
- Catholic secondary schools in Michigan (1 C, 42 P)
- Catholic secondary schools in Minnesota (25 P)
- Catholic secondary schools in Mississippi (9 P)
- Catholic secondary schools in Missouri (2 C, 16 P)
- Catholic secondary schools in Montana (5 P)
- Catholic secondary schools in Nebraska (1 C, 28 P)
- Catholic secondary schools in Nevada (2 P)
- Catholic secondary schools in New Hampshire (7 P)
- Catholic secondary schools in New Jersey (1 C, 66 P)
- Catholic secondary schools in New Mexico (3 P)
- Catholic secondary schools in New York (state) (2 C, 64 P)
- Catholic secondary schools in North Carolina (6 P)
- Catholic secondary schools in North Dakota (5 P)
- Catholic secondary schools in Ohio (2 C, 77 P)
- Catholic secondary schools in Oklahoma (5 P)
- Catholic secondary schools in Oregon (10 P)
- Catholic secondary schools in Pennsylvania (2 C, 65 P)
- Catholic secondary schools in South Carolina (5 P)
- Catholic secondary schools in South Dakota (5 P)
- Catholic secondary schools in Washington (state) (1 C, 15 P)
- Catholic secondary schools in West Virginia (7 P)
- Catholic secondary schools in Wisconsin (32 P)
Jesuit High Schools
- Bellarmine College Preparatory (San Jose)
- Cristo Rey High School, (Sacramento) (along with 2 other congregations)
- Loyola High School (Los Angeles)
- Jesuit High School (Sacramento)
- St. Ignatius College Preparatory (San Francisco)
- Verbum Dei High School, (Los Angeles) (Archdiocesan, administered by the Jesuits)
- Xavier College Preparatory, (Palm Desert) (Jesuit-endorsed, as in Ignatian tradition)
District of Columbia
St. Ignatius, Chicago
- Loyola Academy (Wilmette)
- Cristo Rey Jesuit High School (Chicago)
- Christ the King Jesuit College Prep High School (Chicago)
- St. Ignatius College Prep (Chicago)
- Cristo Rey Jesuit High School (Baltimore)
- Georgetown Preparatory School (North Bethesda)
- Loyola Blakefield (Towson)
Cristo Rey, Minneapolis
- De Smet Jesuit High School (Creve Coeur)
- Rockhurst High School (Kansas City)
- Saint Louis University High School (St. Louis)
Regis, New York
- Canisius High School (Buffalo)
- Cristo Rey New York High School, (New York City) (with 2 other congregations)
- Fordham Preparatory School (New York City)
- Loyola School (New York City)
- McQuaid Jesuit High School (Rochester)
- Regis High School (New York City)
- Xavier High School (New York City)
- St. Ignatius High School, Cleveland (Cleveland)
- St. John’s Jesuit High School and Academy (Toledo)
- St. Xavier High School (Cincinnati)
- Walsh Jesuit High School (Cuyahoga Falls)
St. Ignatius; Strake, Houston
- Jesuit College Preparatory School (Dallas)
- Strake Jesuit College Preparatory (Houston)
- Cristo Rey Jesuit College Preparatory of Houston (Houston)
- Bellarmine Preparatory School (Tacoma)
- Gonzaga Preparatory School (Spokane)
- Seattle Preparatory School
- Marquette University High School (Milwaukee)
- Campion High School (Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin) (closed in 1975; alumni association remains active.)
- Cristo Rey Jesuit High School (Milwaukee)
The Catholic Church runs the largest network of private schools in the United States. Total Catholic elementary/middle and high school enrollment for the 2016-2017 academic year is 1,878,824.
- Elementary/middle schools: 5,224 schools educating 1,309,429 students.
- High schools: 1,205 schools educating 569,395 students.
- 6,429 total Catholic (elementary/middle and high) schools in the United States.
Other Religious Education
- 1,739 Catholic schools had waiting lists for admission.
- Non-Catholic enrollment was 345,327 or 18.4% of the total enrollment.
- 30% of all Catholic high schools are single gender and 1.4% of all Catholic elementary schools are single gender.
- 99.3% of Catholic secondary school students graduate and 85.2% go on to four-year colleges, compared to 44% of public school graduates who go on to a four-year college.
- Dioceses with the largest enrollments are: Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Brooklyn, St. Louis, Boston and New Orleans.
- 20 new Catholic schools opened and 96 schools closed or consolidated.
Student Race and Ethnicity
- 73.3% or 1,377,782 students enrolled in Catholic elementary/middle and secondary schools were Caucasian or white.
- 5.5% or 102,901 students enrolled in Catholic elementary/middle and secondary schools were Asian.
- 7.8% or 146,480 students enrolled in Catholic elementary/middle and secondary schools were African American.
- 6% or 112,767 students enrolled in Catholic elementary/middle and secondary schools were multiracial.
- 16.8% or 315,610 students enrolled in Catholic elementary/middle and secondary schools were Hispanic/Latino.
Tuition and Costs
- Based on the average public school cost of $11,066 per student, Catholic schools provide more than 20 billion dollars a year savings for U.S. taxpayers.
- Tuition fees paid by families constitute a portion of the actual per pupil expenses.
- The average per pupil tuition in parish elementary schools is $4,400, which is approximately 74.7% of actual costs per pupil of $5,887.
- About 91% of elementary schools provide some form of tuition assistance.
- The secondary school mean freshman tuition is $9,840, which is about 70.6% of actual costs per pupil of $13,939.
- About 85% of secondary schools provide some form of tuition assistance.
- The difference between the per pupil cost and the tuition charged is obtained in many ways, primarily through direct subsidy from parish, diocesan or religious congregation resources and from multi-faceted development programs and fundraising activities.
Staffing of Catholic Schools
- There are 152,883 total full time equivalent teaching staff in Catholic elementary/middle and secondary schools. The student/teacher ratio is 12:1.
- 2.6% Religious/Clergy:
2,470 or 1.7% Sisters
784 or 0.5% Clergy
743 or 0.5% Brothers
- 97.4% Lay:
115,110 or 75.3% female lay
33,776 or 22% male lay
- The larger the number of Latino parishioners, the less likely that community had a shared responsibility for a parish school, according to a 2014 Boston College study.
- Catholic schools are less available in areas where the Catholic population has grown the most, mostly due to Hispanics, in the South and the West.
- Major initiatives by bishops, superintendents, pastors and principals to provide consistent cultural competency training and financial investments have produced positive results.
- The percentage of Latino children enrolled in Catholic schools in the United States has grown from 12.8% to 16% over the last five years.
More information is available at the National Catholic Education Association at www.ncea.org. and https://www.usccb.org/beliefs-and-teachings/how-we-teach/catholic-education/
Catholic Colleges and Universities
(As of 2015)
- There are 233 Catholic colleges and universities educating more than 802,093 students.
- About 60% of undergraduate students at Catholic colleges and universities self-identify as Catholic.
- There are 10 Catholic two-year colleges with more than 5,100 students enrolled. The median enrollment is 302.
- The first Catholic higher education institution in the United States was Georgetown University in Washington DC, founded by the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) in 1789.
- The newest Catholic institution is Holy Spirit College in Atlanta, founded in 2010.
- Nearly 12.5% of the world’s Catholic colleges and universities are located in the United States.
- There are approximately 1,861 Catholic colleges and universities worldwide.
- Source: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops