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St. Raphael Academy, Catholic Academy of Bridgeport
Diocese of Bridgeport

St. Raphael Academy is one campus along with St. Ann, St. Andrew, and St. Augustine which comprises the Catholic Academy of Bridgeport, serving 900 children in the Diocese of Bridgeport, Connecticut. The Academy provides a Christ-centered, academically rigorous learning environment where cultural diversity is welcomed, Catholic values taught and all faiths celebrated. Students are nurtured, encouraged, and challenged in preparation for a successful life of leadership and service. Here you’ll find a supportive community of learners that encourages all children to become the best they can be. Teachers form strong partnerships with parents and work to cultivate a desire in each child to discover his or her own God-given talents and gifts. The Academy promises its families "Something More," which can be embodied in a safe and nurturing environment, a culture of kindness and belonging and a daily lived appreciation for the variety of cultures and nationalities within its diverse community.


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Data Dive: Enrollment and Staffing in Catholic Schools

During the 2021-2022 academic year, Catholic school students, teachers and administrators continue to face unprecedented challenges caused by the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. When schools opened in person this fall, as many did during the 2020-2021 school year, they were optimistic that the worst of the pandemic was behind them. They still encountered new challenges daily as they worked to meet the educational, economic, mental health and spiritual needs of their students and staff.

Hispanic Educators in Catholic Schools

Over several decades, our nation and our Church have been shaped by the exciting and ever-changing dynamic of Hispanic representation. With 29.1 million Hispanic Catholics in the United States (who represent 42 percent of the nearly 70 million Catholics in the nation), it is evident that the future of Catholicism and our Catholic schools will be significantly defined by Hispanics.

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