What are the Benefits of a Catholic Education?
Why Catholic Schools?
For over a century, Catholic schools have educated children in the most vulnerable and impoverished communities in United States. Catholic education empowers families with a pathway out of poverty by providing a faith based academically rigorous curriculum that focuses on the full development of the human person and community values of hard work, faith, respect, and self-worth.
- There is no system of schools-- public, private, parochial or charter - that has comparable outcomes in educating demographically disadvantaged children.
- 98% of low-income Catholic school students graduate on time from high school, and 98% of that group goes on to college.
- The Class of 2013 included 50 FACE recipients at all of the 9 secondary schools in the Diocese of Oakland. 100% graduated and 98% will continue their education at a two or four-year institution.
- Students in Catholic and other private schools demonstrate higher academic achievement than students from similar backgrounds in public schools. A recent study by Loyola Marymount University, conducted with 200 low-income, inner-city students during their Catholic elementary school and high school experience in Los Angeles, confirms this result.
- Historically Catholic schools produce graduates who are more civically engaged, more tolerant of diverse views, and more committed to service as adults.