ERIC Number: ED410682
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
New Catholic Schools, 1985 to 1995. Research Report.
National Catholic Educational Association, Washington, DC.
From the mid-1960s to 1992, Catholic school enrollment in kindergarten through 12th grade showed consistent declines. The National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) reported a 3.3 percent cumulative increase in enrollment for the years 1992-95. Although many factors affect changes in enrollment, one emerging trend is the opening of new Catholic schools. This report summarizes the first comprehensive database for new Catholic schools that opened between 1985 and 1995. The report focuses on new schools, not those that were reopened, restructured, or expanded. Highlights include the following: A total of 134 new Catholic elementary and secondary schools opened from 1985 to 1995. Of the new schools, 4 were prekindergarten through grade 12, 102 were elementary schools, 14 were middle schools, and 14 were secondary schools. The major challenges to opening new schools were financial, such as securing capital and obtaining support for the annual operating budget. In 1995-96 the average tuition for the first child from a Catholic family enrolled in a new Catholic elementary school ranged from $1,135 to $1,196, and new Catholic secondary school tuition ranged from $2,200 to $3,900. Forty-nine figures are included. Appendices include lists of NCEA regions and new Catholic elementary and secondary schools, copies of the survey forms, and survey responses. (LMI)
Descriptors: Catholic Schools, Educational Finance, Elementary Secondary Education, Enrollment, Enrollment Influences, Enrollment Rate, Enrollment Trends, Geographic Regions, Rural Urban Differences, School Demography
National Catholic Educational Association, 1077 30th St., N.W., Suite 100, Washington, DC 20007-3852.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Catholic Educational Association, Washington, DC.
Note: Commissioned by the Research Board of the Chief Administrators of Catholic Education (CACE) and conducted by Meitler Consultants, Inc.