Millions of Catholic School Students and Teachers Celebrate National Catholic Schools Week January 28 - February 3

Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed. is the theme for Catholic Schools Week 2018.

Arlington, VA — January 28 through February 3, 2018, marks the 44th year that the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) will lead the country in celebration of National Catholic Schools Week (CSW). This annual observance begins the last Sunday in January and continues through the first Saturday in February.

In dioceses around the country CSW means open houses, special liturgies, daily themes, school activities, parish events, community recognition, service hours, a national day of giving and much, much more. These activities highlight the value of Catholic education.

NCEA President/CEO Thomas W. Burnford, D.Min., said, “Catholic Schools Week is about showcasing the excellence of Catholic education and it is a great opportunity to invite all families to consider a Catholic school. I encourage every parent to check out their local Catholic school this week.”

In addition to excellent academics and faith formation, Catholic schools teach the importance of being engaged citizens within their communities. Academically, Catholic schools consistently earn national test scores up to 20 percent higher than other private, religious and public schools. Catholic schools graduate 99 percent of high school seniors and 86 percent of those graduates go on to college.

New this year to the week of celebration and daily themes is the Many Gifts, One Nation: A Day of Giving to Catholic Schools. On Tuesday, January 30, from 9 AM through Wednesday, January 31 at 9 AM, individuals who feel they have been positively impacted by Catholic schools will be able to give back to a local Catholic school by making donations directly to a school through its website. This Day of Giving is made possible through the generous support of FACTS Management. Specific information and access to a directory of schools can be found at

On a global scale, NCEA and Catholic Relief Services (CRS) have teamed up in recognition of CSW to invite students and communities to learn more about the hunger that affects so many of our brothers and sisters around the world. This endeavor allows students to develop a deeper relationship with their faith and to answer the call to social action. CRS has developed a broad array of resources around the theme of “Hunger” for schools to utilize any time but especially on Monday, January 29, when the daily theme is Celebrating Your Community. Teachers and students can show “Catholic schools care about children around the world” by registering online and downloading free prayer services, interactive learning activities, lesson plans and other resources at

Catholic school alum, Al Roker from the Today Show, will again welcome students and teachers from New York’s Guardian Angel School during CSW. For 24 years this NYC school has celebrated CSW by catching Roker’s attention waving banners and wearing hats and scarves proclaiming CSW.

CSW’s week-long activities can be tracked by engaging online at @NCEATalk on Twitter and NCEAorg on Facebook. Supporters can use #CSW18 to share ideas and connect online. To learn more about Catholic Schools Week 2018 and the daily themes, visit


Rooted in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) is a professional membership organization that assists its members to fulfill their teaching mission of the Church and to lead, learn and proclaim the good news of Catholic school education.