Schools and Tuition

Regional Distribution of Catholic Schools

 

 

2007-2008

2012-2013

2017-2018

Totals of all schools

Number

%

Number

%

Number

%

New England

485

6.6

421

6.3

374

5.9

Mideast

1,855

25.1

1,513

22.6

1,371

21.6

Great Lakes

1,752

23.7

1,587

23.8

1,506

23.7

Plains

874

11.8

828

12.4

795

12.5

Southeast

974

13.2

937

14.0

927

14.6

West/Far West

1,438

19.5

1,399

20.9

1,379

21.7

United States

7,378

100.0

6,685

100.0

6,352

100.0

                                                                                             

Location of Schools

 

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 38.9% of the total.

2017-2018

 

Elementary/Middle

Secondary

National Totals

 

Number

%

Number

%

Number

%

Urban

1,502

29.1

446

37.4

1,948

30.7

Inner-City

505

9.8

113

9.5

618

9.7

Suburban

2,020

39.2

451

37.8

2,471

38.9

Rural

1,131

21.9

184

15.4

1,315

20.7

Total

5,158

100.0

1,194

100.0

6,352

100.0

 

Single Gender Schools

 

 

 

Number

%

           Elementary/Middle

68

1.3% of elementary schools

           Secondary

354

29.6% of secondary schools

           Total Single Gender

422

6.6% of all schools


Single Gender Secondary Schools
Male: 12.6% of secondary schools; Female: 17.0% of secondary schools

 

Tuition and Costs

 

Tuition fees paid by families constitute a portion of the actual per pupil expenses. 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.

Almost all elementary and secondary schools provide some financial aid to families.

Average Tuition and Per Pupil Costs

Elementary

Mean parish school tuition:             $4,841            Per pupil cost:  $5,936

Secondary

Mean tuition:                                      $11,239         Per pupil cost:  $15,249

Based on the average public school per pupil cost of $11,454, Catholic schools provide more than 21 billion dollars a year savings for the nation. The published public school per pupil cost combines elementary and secondary pupils and ranges from $6,751 to more than $25,000.


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