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

EXHIBIT 26a

 

Elementary/Middle

Secondary

All Schools

 

Number

%

Number

%

Number

%

American Indian/ Native Alaskan

12,259

0.9

2,940

0.5

15,199

0.8%

Asian

67,214

5.1

35,687

6.3

102,901

5.5

Black

97,043

7.4

49,437

8.7%

146,480

7.8

Native Hawaiian/ Pacific islander

7,297

0.6

3,896

0.7

11,193

0.6

Multiracial

83,920

6.4

28,847

5.1

112,767

6.0

White

964,981

73.7

412,801

72.5

1,377,782

73.3

Unknown

76,715

5.9

35,787

6.3

112,502

6.0

Total

1,309,429

100.0%

569,395

100.0%

1,878,824

100.0%

                                                                                   

Hispanic/Latino Enrollment and Percentages

EXHIBIT 26b

 

Elementary/Middle

Secondary

All Schools

 

Number

%

Number

%

Number

%

New England

6,231

9.9

2,693

6.8

8,924

8.7

Mideast

41,477

14.6

15,739

10.6

57,216

13.3

Great Lakes

39,991

12.7

12,275

10.9

52,266

12.2

Plains

12,098

8.1

3,693

7.3

15,791

7.9

Southeast

35,249

16.0

15,136

16.4

50,385

16.1

West/Far West

97,106

34.7

33,922

26.8

131,028

32.3

Total

232,152

17.7%

83,458

14.7%

315,610

16.8%

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