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ERIC Number: EJ970004
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Mar
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1097-9638
Sustaining the Heart: Attracting Latino Families to Inner-City Catholic Schools
Suhy, Thomas M.
Catholic Education: A Journal of Inquiry and Practice, v15 n2 p270-294 Mar 2012
Like many urban Catholic schools, St. Mary of Carmel Catholic School in Dallas, Texas, is faced with many challenges: filling empty seats; supporting increased costs; and, possible closure. The small parish is primarily Latino, but few parish families are enrolled in the school. This action research project used in-depth interviews to examine parishioner-parent perspectives on the importance of Catholic education in the Latino community. Understanding the perspectives of parishioner-parents is a key step toward the ultimate goal of developing a marketing plan that attracts and engages Latino families. Participant interviews show that Latino parents believe Catholic schools are better than area Dallas Independent School District (DISD) schools in academics and preparing students for high school, and better than other religious education programs in teaching the Catholic faith. Ultimately, the study showed that these Latino parents strongly desire to send their children to Catholic schools.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Texas