ERIC Number: ED430303
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
CHS 2000: A First Look.
Guerra, Michael J.
This publication reports the findings of a 1997 survey of Catholic high schools. It is the first of several reports to be issued as part of a multiyear project. The findings are presented in five chapters: Institutional Characteristics, with emphasis on geography, governance, gender and grade levels, and selectivity; Staff and Student Profiles, which includes principals, presidents, teachers, and faculty; Governance; School Programs, both academic and religious education; and Patterns of Diversity. Findings show that Catholic high schools are becoming more private and that coeducation is on the rise. Staff composition figures, from 1983 to 1997, show that the percentage of Catholic high schools with sisters as principals fell from 40 percent to 23 percent. Accordingly, this increased laicization meant that more laypersons had a greater say in policy development and implementation. Furthermore, school programs remained primarily non-selective, with a third of the schools offering accommodations for disabled or challenged students. Results portray the typical Catholic high school as having about 500 students, a student/teacher ratio of 13:1, high acceptance rates, a diverse student body, and advanced-placement courses. Overall, students are not tracked into college preparatory, although 97 percent of all Catholic high-school graduates go on to postsecondary education. (RJM)
Descriptors: Catholic Educators, Catholic Schools, Educational Assessment, High Schools, Lay People, Lay Teachers, National Surveys, Profiles, Program Descriptions, School Personnel, Summative Evaluation, Trend Analysis
National Catholic Educational Association, Publications Dept., 1077 30th Street, NW, Suite 100, Washington, DC 20007-3852; Web site: http://www.ncea.org
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Catholic Educational Association, Washington, DC.