Schools and Tuition

Regional Distribution

Exhibit 9 presents the number of schools within each of the regions with the percentages of the distribution indicated by level of the schools and the national composite. Almost half of all the schools (45.2%) are located within the Mideast and Great Lakes regions.

Regional Distribution of Catholic Schools

EXHIBIT 9

 

2006-2007

2011-2012

2016-2017

Totals of all schools

Number

%

Number

%

Number

%

New England

501

6.7

420

6.1

391

6.1

Mideast

1,906

25.4

1,594

23.3

1,397

21.7

Great Lakes

1,789

23.9

1,632

23.9

1,508

23.5

Plains

882

11.8

839

12.3

804

12.5

Southeast

969

12.9

948

13.9

941

14.6

West/Far West

1,451

19.4

1,408

20.5

1,388

21.6

United States

7,498

100.0

6,841

100.0

6,429

100.0

                                                                                             

Location of Schools

EXHIBIT 10

Although there has been a significant decrease in the total number of Catholic schools during the past four decades, the church has not lost sight of its commitment to educate children, particularly those of the poor, within the inner cities and urban areas. Schools in these areas remain a significant presence: four decades ago 47.9% were located in urban and inner city areas, today 40.4% of the schools are still in urban/inner city locales despite population losses and great financial difficulties in maintaining them. During that same period of time, suburban schools increased from 25.0% to 39.2% of the total.

 

 

Elementary/Middle

Secondary

National Totals

 

Number

%

Number

%

Number

%

Urban

1,526

29.3

439

36.3

1,965

30.6

Inner-City

508

9.7

119

9.9

627

9.8

Suburban

2,054

39.3

468

38.8

2,522

39.2

Rural

1,136

21.7

179

14.9

1,315

20.5

Total

5,224

100.0

1,205

100.0

6,429

100.0

 

Single Gender Schools

EXHIBIT 13

The 2016-2017 data indicate that 1.4% of all Catholic elementary schools are single gender and 30.0% of secondary are single gender. Exhibit 13 illustrates their distribution.

 

 

Number

%

           Elementary/Middle

73

1.4% of elementary schools

           Secondary

362

30.0% of secondary schools

           Total Single Gender

435

6.8% of all schools

 

Tuition and Costs

EXHIBIT 24

Tuition fees paid by families constitute a portion of the actual per pupil expenses.  The average per pupil tuition in parish elementary schools is $4,400 which is approximately 74.7% of actual costs per pupil of $5,887.

The secondary mean freshman tuition is $9,840 which is approximately 70.6% of actual costs per pupil of $13,939. Almost all elementary and secondary schools provide some financial aid to families.

The difference between the per pupil cost and the tuition charged is obtained in many ways, primarily through direct subsidy from parish, diocesan or religious congregation resources and from multi-faceted development programs and fund-raising activities.

Average Tuition and Per Pupil Costs

Elementary

Mean parish school tuition:             $4,400            Per pupil cost:  $5,887

Secondary

Mean freshman tuition:                    $9,840            Per pupil cost:  $13,939

Based on the average public school per pupil cost of $11,066, Catholic schools provide more than 20 billion dollars a year savings for the nation. The published public school per pupil cost combines elementary and secondary pupils and ranges from $6,546 to more than $20,000.


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