Enrollment

  • Total Catholic school student enrollment for the current academic year is 1,835,376.

    • ​1,274,162 in elementary/middle schools; 561,214 in secondary schools

  • ​Student diversity: 20.8% are racial minorities, 17.4% are Hispanic/Latino and 6.5% were reported as unknown in the racial data collection.

  • Non-Catholic enrollment is 349,139 which is 19.0% of the total enrollment.

Professional Staff

  • Full-time equivalent professional staff numbered 153,289:
    • 97.4%: Laity (Lay women: 74.8% Lay men: 22.6%)
    • 2.6%: Religious/Clergy (Sisters: 1.6%; Brothers: 0.5%; Clergy: 0.5%)
  • The student/teacher ratio is 12:1.

Enrollment by Grade Level

 

 

2007-2008

2012-2013

2017-2018

Grade Level

Students

%

Students

%

Students

%

Preschool

152,980

9.3

156,233

10.9

171,421

13.2

Kindergarten

161,650

9.8

146,360

10.2

121,911

9.4

Grade 1

164,308

10.0

139,755

9.7

119,545

9.2

Grade 2

165,789

10.1

138,494

9.7

119,963

9.3

Grade 3

164,620

10.0

140,373

9.8

122,711

9.5

Grade 4

165,121

10.0

140,680

9.8

125,251

9.7

Grade 5

166,845

10.1

139,831

9.7

127,119

9.8

Grade 6

170,154

10.3

144,291

10.1

129,110

10.0

Grade 7

168,339

10.2

143,225

10.0

127,084

9.8

Grade 8

166,676

10.1

142,177

9.9

129,795

10.0

Ungraded

1,477

0.1

2,824

0.2

1,959

0.2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

* Total Preschool - 8

1,647,959

100.0

1,434,243

100.0

1,295,869

100.0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grade 9

165,597

26.6

146,801

25.9

135,823

25.2

Grade 10

157,109

25.2

143,845

25.3

134,859

25.0

Grade 11

150,867

24.2

139,616

24.6

134,513

24.9

Grade 12

148,521

23.8

136,524

24.1

132,218

24.5

Ungraded

860

0.1

711

0.1

2,086

0.4

                                                  

 

 

 

 

 

 

* Total 9 - 12

622,954

100.0

567,497

100.0

539,507

100.0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GRAND TOTAL

2,270,913

100.0

2,001,740

100.0

1,835,376

100.0

*NB: Because some elementary schools have a ninth grade and some secondary schools have grades 6-8 in their totals, this distribution does not match that in Exhibits 16 and 26.

 

Enrollment by Region

 

The national enrollment data, charted by region in Exhibit 16, show that the Mideast and Great Lakes regions enroll almost half the Catholic school population (45.6%). This percentage does indicate a decline from 49.8% over the past decade.

 

 

2007-2008

2012-2013

2017-2018

Elementary/Middle

Number

%

Number

%

Number

%

New England

90,428

5.5

75,590

5.4

59,086

4.6

Mideast

424,889

26.0

324,323

22.9

271,513

21.3

Great Lakes

383,134

23.5

339,809

24.0

305,491

24.0

Plains

171,229

10.5

157,661

11.1

147,212

11.6

Southeast

250,139

15.3

227,788

16.1

217,464

17.1

West/Far West

313,716

19.2

290,073

20.5

273,396

21.5

United States

1,633,535

100.0

1,415,244

100.0

1,274,162

100.0

             
Secondary            
New England  46,427 7.3  41,680  7.1  38,372  6.8 
Mideast 182,816  28.7  157,514  26.9  144,246  25.7 
Great Lakes  127,543 20.0  116,766  19.9  111,256  19.8 
Plains 54,714  8.6  52,610  9.0  50,371  9.0 
Southeast 93,420  14.7  91,960  15,7  91,704  16.3 
West/Far West 132,458  20.8  125,966  21.4  125,265  22.4 
United States 637,378  100.0  586,496  100.0  561,214  100.0 
             
All Schools             
New England  136,855  6.0  117,270  5.8  97,458  5.3 
Mideast  607,705   26.8 481,837  24.1  415,759  22.7 
Great Lakes  510,677  22.5  456,575  22.8  416,747  22.7 
Plains 225,943 9.9  210,271  10.5  197,583  10.8 
Southeast  343,559  15.1  319,748  16.0  309,168  16.9 
West/Far West  446,174  19.6  416,039  20.8  396,661  21.6 
United States  2,270,913  100.0  2,001,740  100.0  1,835,376  100.0 

                              
 

Enrollment of Non-Catholics

 

Most Catholic school students are Catholic. However, non-Catholic student enrollment has risen from 2.7% in 1970 to 11.2% a decade later and today is 19.0%.

 

National Totals           

Number

%

Catholic

1,435,784

78.2

Non-Catholic

349,139

19.0

Not Reported

50,453

2.7

Total

1,835,376

100.0%

Staffing of Catholic Schools

In 2017-2018, the total, full-time equivalent (FTE) teaching staff in Catholic elementary/middle and secondary schools is 153,289.

The FTE represents the total of all the full-time professional staff and each of the part-time professional staff weighted as 0.333.

Over the past decade, the lay faculty percentages increased from 93% to the current 97.4%. At present, 2.6% of the professional staff are religious and clergy.

Full-time Equivalent Professional Staff
2017-2018

 

Elementary

%

Secondary

%

All Schools

%

Sisters

1,720

1.7

746

1.4

2,466

1.6

Brothers

185

0.2

554

1.1

739

0.5

Clergy

279

0.3

561

1.1

840

0.5

Female Lay

86,701

85.4

27,913

53.9

114,614

74.8

Male Lay

12,600

12.4

22,030

42.5

34,630

22.6

*Total

101,485

100.0

51,804

100.0

153,289

100.0


*Adjusted totals to reflect weighted averages.

Totals
Lay: 97.4%
Religious/Clergy: 2.6%


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