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Catholic School Facts

Fast Facts for Catholic School Advocates

  1. 1 in 10 Catholic teens attends a Catholic school. (
  2. In 2010, 55.8 million children attended public schools; 5.8 million children attended private schools, with 2.1 million in Catholic schools.  (NCEA)
  3. The student/teacher ratio in Catholic schools is 13:1.(NCEA)
  4. 99% of students who attend Catholic high school graduate. Of those, 88% attend 4-year colleges. (NCEA)
  5. Currently, 6 of the 9 Supreme Court Justices went to Catholic school. (
  6. 20.3% of students are racial minorities (16.1% Hispanic and 6.5% reported as unknown). (NCEA)
  7. 17% of Catholic school students are not Catholic. (NCEA)
  8. 45% of Catholic schools in the United States participate in Federal Nutrition Programs, which provide over 262,000 free meals to children daily.
  9. The mean cost per pupil at Catholic schools is $5,436; the national per pupil average is $10,792). (NCEA; National Center for Education Statistics)
  10. Catholic schools provide over 20.5 billion dollars a year in savings for the nation. (NCEA)
  11. Catholic school tuition seldom covers the mean cost per pupil.