Enrollment

  • Total Catholic school student enrollment for the current academic year is 1,878,824.

    • ​1,309,429 in elementary/middle schools; 569,395 in secondary schools

  • ​Student diversity: 20.7% are racial minorities, 16.8% are Hispanic/Latino and 6.0% were reported as unknown in the racial data collection.

  • Non-Catholic enrollment is 345,327 which is 18.4% of the total enrollment.

 

Enrollment by Grade Level

EXHIBIT 15

 

2006-2007

2011-2012

2016-2017

Grade Level

Students

%

Students

%

Students

%

Preschool

152,429

9.1

154,282

10.6

169,000

12.7

Kindergarten

170,480

10.0

145,395

9.8

132,019

9.7

Grade 1

172,106

10.1

141,884

9.7

123,473

9.3

Grade 2

170,907

10.1

143,101

9.8

125,956

9.5

Grade 3

171,417

10.1

143,493

9.8

128,188

9.6

Grade 4

171,503

10.1

142,611

9.8

129,552

9.7

Grade 5

172,042

10.1

144,073

9.9

129,275

9.7

Grade 6

175,649

10.4

148,074

10.2

132,047

9.9

Grade 7

169,859

10.0

145,445

10.0

131,363

9.9

Grade 8

166,768

9.8

146,126

10.0

131,739

9.9

Ungraded

1,964

0.1

3,479

0.2

1,641

0.1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

* Total Preschool - 8

1,697,124

100.0

1,457,310

100.0

1,329,236

100.0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grade 9

164,211

26.3

149,017

26.0

136,263

24.8

Grade 10

156,629

25.1

143,882

25.1

138,800

25.3

Grade 11

152,944

24.5

140,449

24.5

137,649

25.0

Grade 12

148,793

23.9

138,943

24.2

133,791

24.3

Ungraded

950

0.2

1,854

0.3

3,085

0.6

                                                  

 

 

 

 

 

 

* Total 9 - 12

623,527

100.0

574,145

100.0

549,588

100.0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GRAND TOTAL

2,320,651

100.0

2,031,455

100.0

1,878,824

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 (45.6%). This percentage does indicate a decline from 49.8% over the past decade.

 

 

2006-2007

2011-2012

2016-2017

All Schools

Number

%

Number

%

Number

%

New England

140,878

6.1

119,804

5.9

102,315

5.4

Mideast

633,179

27.3

496,996

24.5

431,053

22.9

Great Lakes

522,355

22.5

463,948

22.8

426,693

22.7

Plains

230,194

9.9

211,848

10.4

199,741

10.6

Southeast

346,362

14.9

320,516

15.8

312,935

16.7

West/Far West

447,683

19.3

418,343

20.6

406,087

21.6

United States

2,320,651

100.0

2,031,455

100.0

1,878,824

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 18.4% as shown in Exhibit 27.

 

 

Elementary/Middle

Secondary

All Schools

 

Number

% in Region

Number

% in Region

Number

% in Region

New England

12,841

20.5

9,391

23.7

22,232

21.7

Mideast

58,922

20.8

32,607

22.0

91,529

21.2

Great Lakes

49,230

15.7

22,888

20.4

72,118

16.9

Plains

19,324

13.0

7,422

14.7

26,746

13.4

Southeast

38,513

17.5

19,851

21.5

58,364

18.7

West/Far West

38,093

13.6

36,245

28.7

74,338

18.3

United States

216,923

16.6

128,404

22.6

345,327

18.4

 

National Totals           

Number

%

Catholic

1,492,799

79.5

Non-Catholic

345,327

18.4

Not Reported

40,698

2.2

Total

1,878,824

100.0%

Staffing of Catholic Schools

EXHIBIT 28

In 2016-2017, the total, full-time equivalent (FTE) teaching staff in Catholic elementary/middle and secondary schools is 152,883. Over the past decade, the lay faculty percentages increased from 93% to the current 97.4%. At present, 2.6% of the professional staff are religious and clergy. Exhibit 28 presents the FTE data by category and percentage.

 

 

Elementary

%

Secondary

%

All Schools

%

Sisters

1,718

1.7

752

1.4

2,470

1.7

Brothers

180

0.2

563

1.1

743

0.5

Clergy

261

0.3

523

1.0

784

0.5

Female Lay

87,196

86.4

27,914

53.7

115,110

75.3

Male Lay

11,530

11.4

22,246

42.8

33,776

22.0

*Total

100,885

100.0

51,998

100.0

152,883

100.0

*Adjusted totals to reflect weighted averages.

  • Lay: 97.4%
  • Religious/Clergy: 2.6%

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