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 (45.8%) are located within the Mideast and Great Lakes regions.


 Regional Distribution of Catholic Schools: EXHIBIT 9

  

 

2005-2006

20010-2011

2015-2016

Totals of all schools

Number

%

Number

%

Number

%

New England

495

6.5

427

6.1

399

6.1

Mideast

1,976

26.0

1,668

23.9

1,439

22.1

Great Lakes

1,817

23.9

1,656

23.7

1,546

23.7

Plains

844

11.6

841

12.0

807

12.4

Southeast

972

12.8

969

13.9

934

14.3

West/Far West

1,445

19.0

1,419

20.3

1,400

21.5

United States

7,589

100.0

6,980

100.0

6,525

100.0

                                                                                             

 

Location of SchoolsEXHIBIT 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 40.9% 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 38.8% of the total.

 

 

Elementary/Middle

Secondary

National Totals

 

Number

%

Number

%

Number

%

Urban

1,545

29.0

435

36.3

1,980

30.3

Inner-City

555

10.4

135

11.3

690

10.6

Suburban

2,079

39.0

451

37.6

2,530

38.8

Rural

1,146

21.5

179

14.9

1,325

20.3

Total

5,325

100.0

1,200

100.0

6,525

100.0

 

Single Gender SchoolsEXHIBIT 13

The 2015-2016 data indicate that 1.4% of all Catholic elementary schools are single gender and 30.7 % of secondary are single gender.  Exhibit 13 illustrates their distribution.

 

 

Number

 %

           Elementary/Middle

77

1.4%  of elementary schools

           Secondary

369

30.7%  of secondary schools

           Total Single Gender

446

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 $3,880 which is approximately 68.1% of actual costs per pupil of $5,847.  About 93.9% of elementary schools provide some form of tuition assistance.  

The secondary mean freshman tuition is $9,622 which is approximately 81.6% of actual costs per pupil of $11,790.  About 97% of secondary schools provide some form of tuition assistance.

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:             $3,880.            Per pupil cost:  $5,847.

Secondary

Mean freshman tuition:                    $9,622             Per pupil cost:  $11,790.

 

The average public school per pupil cost of $12,608, as reported by the National Center for Education Statistics, includes both elementary and secondary schools. (On average, secondary school costs are higher than elementary, but are not reported separately.)

Based on the public schools cost, Catholic schools provide almost $24 billion dollars a year savings for the nation.

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