National Catholic Educational Association Leads the Nation’s Catholic Schools in Celebration of National Catholic Schools Week, January 29 – February 4

Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service is the core theme to celebrate

Arlington, VA — The National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) will lead more than 6,500 Catholic schools nationwide as they celebrate National Catholic Schools Week from January 29 – February 4, 2017. The annual celebration of Catholic school education in the United States began 43 years ago and begins on the last Sunday in January and runs all week.

“The theme, Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service, is central to Catholic education in the United States. Catholic Schools Week shines a spotlight on educators and our faith communities to celebrate Catholic school education as a great gift to our Church, our parish communities, our neighborhood communities and the nation,” said Thomas Burnford, D.Min., NCEA President/CEO.

Catholic schools will observe this annual celebration week with Masses, open houses, community service and other observances that emphasize the value Catholic school education provides to two million young people nationwide.

NCEA and its partners, Catholic Charities USA, and Catholic Relief Services, encourage all Catholic schools to participate in the “National Day of Service” on Monday, January 30. The Day of Service reinforces every Catholic school’s call to service by fostering opportunities to assist in their communities by working with Catholic social services and non-profit organizations.

This year will mark 23 years that students and teachers from Guardian Angel School in New York City will visit the Today Show in celebration of Catholic Schools Week. Al Roker, a Catholic school alum, makes a point of greeting the students and teachers each year.

The Catholic University of America (CUA) and Dominican House of Studies, in association with NCEA, will kick off National Catholic Schools Week at the annual University Mass in honor of St. Thomas Aquinas, on January 31, at the Great Upper Church of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception at 12:10 PM. The Mass also will be broadcast live on EWTN.

Catholic school students benefit from a faith-filled education and academic excellence. With national test scores up to 20 percent higher than other private, religious and public schools, Catholic schools graduate 99 percent of high school students and 86 percent of those graduates go on to college. Based on the average public school per pupil cost of $12,054, Catholic schools provide $24 billion in savings each year for the nation.

NCEA staff will visit more than 30 schools around the country in celebration of Catholic Schools Week.

NCEA and Catholic schools will track the week-long activities by engaging online at @NCEATalk on Twitter and NCEAorg on Facebook. Supporters can use #CSW17 to share ideas and connect online. More information about Catholic Schools Week 2017 is available on the NCEA website.


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. For more information, visit the NCEA website.