Enrollment

  • Total Catholic school student enrollment for the current academic year is 1,915,836.

    • ​1,337,630 in elementary/middle schools; 578,206 in secondary schools

  • ​Student diversity: 20.3% are racial minorities, 16.1% are Hispanic/Latino and 6.5% were reported as unknown in the racial data collection.

  • Non-Catholic enrollment is 333,679 which is 17.4% of the total enrollment. 

 

Enrollment by Grade Level: EXHIBIT 15    

 

2005-2006

20010-2011

2015-2016

Grade Level

Students

%

Students

%

Students

%

Preschool

146,327

8.5

152,846

10.3

160,456

11.8

Kindergarten

175,331

10.2

145,395

9.8

132,019

9.7

Grade 1

174,572

10.2

145,828

9.8

129,041

9.5

Grade 2

174,859

10.2

146,409

9.8

131,126

9.7

Grade 3

175,490

10.2

145,599

9.8

132,295

9.7

Grade 4

174,378

10.2

146,700

9.8

131,634

9.7

Grade 5

176,384

10.3

148,707

10.0

131,833

9.7

Grade 6

176,259

10.3

150,417

10.1

136,325

10.0

Grade 7

170,120

10.0

148,554

10.0

134,442

9.9

Grade 8

169,403

9.9

155,714

10.5

133,064

9.8

Ungraded

1,891

0.1

3,237

0.2

6,386

0.5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

* Total Preschool - 8

1,715,014

100.0

1,489,406

100.0

1,358,748

100.0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grade 9

161,881

26.5

150,673

26.1

141,801

25.5

Grade 10

156,835

25.7

145,197

25.2

141,625

25.4

Grade 11

148,477

24.3

144,197

25.0

137,991

24.8

Grade 12

142,650

23.4

135,700

23.5

134,708

24.2

Ungraded

363

0.1

699

0.1

963

0.2

                                                   

 

 

 

 

 

 

* Total 9 - 12

610,206

100.0

576,466

100.0

557,088

100.0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GRAND TOTAL

2,235,220

100.0

2,065,872

100.0

1,915,836

100.0

* NB: Because some elementary schools have a ninth grade and some secondary schools have grades 6-8 in their totals, this distribution does not match that in Exhibits 16 and 26.

 

Enrollment by Region: EXHIBIT 16

The national enrollment data, charted by region in Exhibit 16, show that the Mideast and Great Lakes regions enroll almost half the Catholic school population (45.9%).  This percentage does indicate a decline from 50.2% over the past decade.

 

 

2005-2006

2010-2011

2015-2016

All Schools

Number

%

Number

%

Number

%

New England

144,264

6.1

121,887

5.9

106,706

5.6

Mideast

652,657

27.6

514,802

24.9

444,538

23.2

Great Lakes

534,959

22.6

468,119

22.7

435,741

22.7

Plains

234,041

9.9

215,101

10.4

201,972

10.5

Southeast

347,084

14.7

324,281

15.7

314,913

16.4

West/Far West

450,215

19.1

421,682

20.4

411,966

21.5

United States

2,363,220

100.0

2,065,872

100.0

1,915,836

100.0

                              
 

Enrollment of Non-Catholics: EXHIBIT 27

Most Catholic school students are Catholic.  However, non-Catholic student enrollment has risen from 2.7% in 1970 to 11.2% a decade later and today is 17.4% as shown in Exhibit 27.

 

 

Elementary/Middle

Secondary

All Schools

 

Number

% in Region

Number

% in Region

Number

% in Region

New England

12,314

18.5

7,380

18.4

19,694

18.5

Mideast

57,631

19.6

33,686

22.3

91,317

20.5

Great Lakes

45,995

14.4

23,119

20.0

69,114

15.9

Plains

15,574

10.3

6,531

12.7

22,105

10.9

Southeast

37,148

16.8

19,175

20.6

56,323

17.9

West/Far West

38,080

13.4

37,046

29.1

75,126

18.2

United States

206,742

15.5

126,937

22.2

333,679

17.4

 

National Totals           

Number

%

Catholic

1,526,439

79.7

Non-Catholic

333,679

17.4

Not Reported

55,718

2.9

Total

1,915,836

100.0%

 

Staffing of Catholic Schools: EXHIBIT 28

In 2015-2016, the total, full-time equivalent (FTE) teaching staff in Catholic elementary/middle and secondary schools is 151,101. Over the past decade, the lay faculty percentages increased from 93% to the current 97.2%.  At present, 2.8% of the professional staff are religious and clergy.  Exhibit 28 presents the FTE data by category and percentage.

 

 

Elementary

%

Secondary

%

All Schools

%

Sisters

1,848

1.9

723

1.4

2,571

1.8

Brothers

182

0.2

583

1.1

765

0.5

Clergy

311

0.3

522

1.0

833

0.5

Female Lay

85,361

85.6

27,582

53.7

112,943

74.7

Male Lay

12,058

12.1

21,931

42.7

33,989

22.5

*Total

99,760

100.0

51,341

100.0

151,101

100.0

*Adjusted totals to reflect weighted averages.

  • Lay: 97.2%
  • Religious/Clergy: 2.8%

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