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 2017, the racial diversity is 20.7% and Hispanic/Latino is 16.8%. NCEA will no longer use the minority identifier, but instead report racial and ethnic diversity separately.

Catholic School Enrollment and Percentages by Race

 

 

Elementary/Middle

Secondary

All Schools

 

Number

%

Number

%

Number

%

American Indian/Native Alaskan

11,005

0.9

3,191

0.6

14,196

0.8%

Asian

64,103

5.0

35,405

6.3

99,508

5.4

Black

92,484

7.3

51,049

9.1%

143,533

7.8

Native Hawaiian/Pacific islander

7,348

0.6

4,294

0.8

11,642

0.6

Multiracial

84,250

6.6

29,478

5.3

113,728

6.2

White

927,993

72.8

405,438

72.2

1,333,431

72.7

Unknown

86,979

6.8

32,359

5.8

119,338

6.5

Total

1,274,162

100.0%

561,214

100.0%

1,835,376

100.0%

                                                                                   

Hispanic/Latino Enrollment and Percentages

 

 

Elementary/Middle

Secondary

All Schools

 

Number

%

Number

%

Number

%

New England

6,585

11.1

2,819

7.3

9,404

9.6

Mideast

41,660

15.3

18,044

12.5

59,704

14.4

Great Lakes

39,720

13.0

11,968

10.8

51,688

12.4

Plains

12,599

8.6

3,586

7.1

16,185

8.2

Southeast

36,204

16.6

15,438

16.8

51,642

16.7

West/Far West

96,150

35.2

34,877

27.8

131,027

32.9

Total

232,918

18.3%

86,732

15.5%

319,650

17.4%


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