Student Race and Ethnicity

Student diversity in Catholic schools has increased significantly in the past 40 years.  When data were first collected, the Hispanic/Latino population was included and the reports listed non-Whites as “minorities.”  In 1970, the diversity percentage was 10.8%, in 1980 it had increased to 19.4% and by 2010 was 29.8%.  In 2016, the racial diversity is 20.3% and Hispanic/Latino is 16.1%.  NCEA will no longer use the minority identifier, but instead report racial and ethnic diversity separately.

  

Catholic School Enrollment and Percentages by Race: EXHIBIT 26a    

 

 

Elementary/Middle

Secondary

All Schools

 

Number

%

Number

%

Number

%

American Indian/ Native Alaskan

10,865

0.8

2,838

0.5

13,703

0.7%

Asian

68,538

5.1

39,084

6.2

104,622

5.5

Black

96,686

7.2

51,093

8.8%

147,779

7.7

Native Hawaiian/ Pacific islander

8,297

0.6

2,108

0.4

10,405

0.5

Multiracial

82,259

601

30,327

5.2

112,586

5.9

White

984,849

73.6

416,726

72.1

1,401,575

73.2

Unknown

86,136

6.4

39,030

6.8

125,166

6.5

Total

1,337,630

100.0%

578,206

100.0%

1,915,836

100.0%

                                                                                   

Hispanic/Latino Enrollment and Percentages: EXHIBIT 26b

 

 

Elementary/Middle

Secondary

All Schools

 

Number

%

Number

%

Number

%

New England

5,779

8.7

2,551

6.3

8,289

7.8

Mideast

41,069

14.0

17,656

11.7

58,727

13.2

Great Lakes

35,910

11.2

11,307

9.8

27,217

10.8

Plains

11,134

7.4

3,089

6.0

14,232

7.0

Southeast

32,792

14.8

13,683

14.7

46,475

14.8

West/Far West

95,003

33.4

37,711

29.6

132,714

32.2

Total

221,686

16.6

85,968

14.9

307,654

16.1

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