Updated: 3/14/2015

Considering a Catholic School for your child? Take a moment to review this list of 23 key benefits — they'll assist in the research process and help you to assess the school options in your area.

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23 Key Benefits of Catholic Schools

  1. Parents choose Catholic schools for their children because of high academic standards; values-added education and a safe school environment.
  2. Catholic Schools stress the value of self-discipline and commitment.
  3. Catholic Schools encourage family input and involvement in the ongoing education of their children. Research shows that such a partnership results in higher attendance rates and lower dropout rates.
  4. Catholic School students score significantly above the national averages on standardized testing.
  5. Research shows that because of a greater emphasis on homework and study, Catholic School students develop more effective writing skills.
  6. Catholic School faculty members are qualified professionals committed to bringing out the best in their students as they grow in knowledge, skills, and values.
  7. Faculty and staff are role models who share their faith, their talents, and their time.
  8. The Catholic School curriculum normally meets state regulations and guidelines.
  9. Association and accrediting agencies help provide programs and instruments for internal and external evaluations on an ongoing basis
  10. Catholic Schools have an excellent success rate in educating minority students.
  11. Catholic Schools encourage each student to accept the challenges of being a better person in tomorrow's world.
  12. The emphasis is on participation by all students.
  13. Standardized test scores and a high college acceptance rate reflect that the Catholic School students are self-disciplined, self-motivated, responsible, and creative.
  14. Appropriate social and cultural activities, under school sponsorship, provide relaxation and creative outlets.
  15. Catholic Schools represent affordable excellence; there is an emphasis on efficiency and accountability.
  16. Tuition cost is often supplemented by the parish, so the Catholic community shares the cost of education.
  17. In addition to a strong program in the "basics," as well as challenging programs for gifted students, Catholic Schools add the significant "plus" of religious, moral, and spiritual development.
  18. Catholic Schools help students understand that each person is unique and valuable.
  19. Catholic Schools strive to create a special bond among the students, the home, the school, and the church, so that all share the strong sense of community.
  20. In Catholic Schools there is a mutual respect among students, faculty, and administrators which generates an atmosphere of care and concern.
  21. Catholic Schools join with the family to help students understand their special place in the family, the Church, and society.
  22. Students explore their faith through classes and activities in Scripture, Sacraments, Church, and morality.
  23. While not all students who come to Catholic Schools are Catholic, all share experiences of faith and values.