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Catholic Schools are….

  • Centered in the person of Jesus Christ
  • Contributing to the evangelizing mission of the Church
  • Distinguished by excellence
  • Committed to educate the whole child
  • Steeped in a Catholic world view
  • Sustained by Gospel witness
  • Shaped by communion and community
  • Accessible to all students
  • Established by the expressed authority of the bishop

(“Defining Characteristics of Catholic Schools”; National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools)


  • Catholic schools tend to operate as communities rather than bureaucracies, which links to higher levels of teacher commitment, student engagement, and student achievement (Marks, 2009).
  • In Catholic schools, the student achievement gap is smaller than in public schools (Jeynes, 2007; Marks & Lee, 1989).
  • Graduates of Catholic high schools are more likely to earn higher wages (Neal, 1997).
  • Catholic schools tend to produce graduates who are more civically engaged, more tolerant of diverse views, and more committed to service as adults (Campbell, 2001; Wolf, Greene, Kleitz, & Thalhammer, 2001).

(University of Notre Dame. For more information, log onto http://ace.nd.edu/resources/catholic-school-research/researched-case-for-catholic-schools)

How Can We Afford Catholic School?

  1. My child is enrolled at a Catholic School”: The Indiana Tax Credit Scholarship Program provides scholarship support to families who want to enroll their children in the Catholic school of their choice.  Qualifying students in grades K-12 can receive a minimum of a $500 Tax Credit Scholarship.   To see how much tuition assistance you are eligible for, first register at your Catholic school of choice.  To apply for funding, visit www.i4qed.org/sgo.
  2. I’m moving my child in grades K-12 to a Catholic school from a public school”:  The Indiana School Voucher is a state-funded scholarship that helps cover the cost of tuition at a private school.  Qualifying students in grades K-12 can receive up to 90% of the local per-student state funding amount. To see how much tuition you are eligible for, first register at your Catholic school of choice.  To apply for funding, visit http://www.doe.in.gov/choice.


Source: The Criterion