Catholic School Data

The National Catholic Educational Association conducts Catholic education research as well as providing private education resources for a range of audiences. Information contained within these pages include Catholic school data. NCEA published selected results from NCEA's annual survey of Catholic elementary and secondary schools, including enrollment patterns, regional geographic trends, types and locations of schools, student and staffing demographic characteristics, and student participation in selected education programs.

Data Brief: 2022-2023 Catholic School Enrollment

WEBINAR: 2022-2023 Catholic School Enrollment Update, February 8, 2022 at 1 PM ET | Presentation Slides
Join Lincoln Snyder, NCEA President/CEO, and Annie Smith, NCEA Vice President of Research and Data, to learn about significant trends in enrollment, schools and staffing in Catholic schools for the 2022-2023 school year.

Data Brief: New Students in Catholic Schools

Data Brief: Catholic School Enrollment and School Closures, Post-COVID-19

Catholic School Enrollment Boomed During COVID. Let’s Make It More Than a One-Time Bump


United States Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools 2022-2023: The Annual Statistical Report on Schools, Enrollment, and Staffing

This annual report presents national data on Catholic elementary and secondary schools. Enrollment patterns, regional geographic trends, types and locations of schools, student and staffing demographic characteristics and student participation in selected education programs are reported. Where data permit, the exhibits compare information across the last decade as well as the past five years.

Summary information that NCEA collects about Catholic schools is provided on this website. NCEA does not collect or provide data about public schools or comparisons between public and private schools. There is no national database that does this. Public school information, as well as some government reports about private schools may be found in the section titled Federal Government Education Statistics. Members can download the full report at no charge by visiting the Member Exclusive Offers page of this website. Non-members may purchase the full report from the NCEA online store. Learn about:

  • Schools and Enrollment History
  • School Staffing History
  • Public/Private School Comparisons
  • Percentage Distribution of Schools by Enrollment Size
  • Percentage Distribution of Private Schools by Typology
  • Percentage Distribution of Students in Private Schools by Typology
  • Regional Distribution of Elementary/Middle and Secondary Schools
  • Location of Schools
  • Schools by Types of Governance
  • Schools with Boards/Commissions/Councils
  • Single Gender Schools
  • School Openings and Closings
  • Enrollment by Grade Level
  • Enrollment by Region
  • Student Enrollment: States with Ten Highest Enrollments
  • Student Enrollment: Dioceses with Largest Enrollments
  • Diocesan Enrollment Patterns
  • Schools with Waiting Lists
  • Average Tuition and Per Pupil Costs
  • Catholic School Enrollment and Percentages by Race
  • Hispanic/Latino Enrollment
  • Non-Catholic Enrollment
  • Full-Time Equivalent Professional Staff
  • Student/Teacher Ratio
  • Non-Catholic Faculty Numbers and Percentages
  • Faculty Numbers and Percentages by Ethnic Background
  • Schools with Extended Day Programs
  • Students Receiving Title 1 Services
  • Participation in Federal Nutrition Programs
  • Students Receiving Government Subsidized/Free Transportation to School
  • Schools with Student Access to Internet


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