Catholic Schools Week Observed Across the Country, January 26-February 1
Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service is the theme for Catholic Schools Week 2014, celebrated nationally Jan. 26-Feb. 1.
“The Catholic Schools Week theme is a lived mission of our Catholic schools, where schools are communities of families representative of the greater community of homes, our church, city and nation,” said Pat Bronsard, superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Diocese of St. Augustine.
About 2.1 million students are currently educated in more than 6,600 Catholic schools in cities, suburbs, small towns and rural communities around the country.
“There is no better investment in our young people than to ensure that they have a strong foundation for their future – a future grounded in the Catholic faith,” said Bishop Felipe J. Estévez of the Diocese of St. Augustine.
“Choosing a Catholic school means making choices – and for many, even sacrifices. However, Catholic schools are places where young people are taught the faith and values that will prepare them well for the future,” he said.
Catholic schools began in Baltimore more than 200 years ago. Founded by St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, her undaunted spirit inspired a movement to educate children with faith-filled communities and teach them how to live lives of service to others.
In the Diocese of St. Augustine, we celebrate 33 schools in 7 counties in North Florida (including 4 stand-alone childcare centers, 24 elementary schools, 1 special education school and 4 high schools). Enrollment for the 2013-2014 school year is up 1.5% from last year with a total enrollment of 10,461 (8,303 elementary school students and 2,158 high school students).
Emphasis is placed on the fact that Catholic schools are affordable and open to everyone! Most of our schools participate in Florida’s three publicly-funded, private choice programs: vouchers for pre-Kindergarten, McKay Scholarships for students with learning disabilities and Florida Tax Credit Scholarships for low-income students. The latter is administered by Step Up for Students that may provide free tuition for those who qualify. To see guidelines and apply online, visit: www.stepupforstudents.org.
[Click here] for a flyer with a listing of each of our Catholic schools and their website address.
If you have questions, please contact the Diocesan Educational Services Office by calling (904) 262-3200, ext. 116 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org your nearby Catholic school.
elementary students rank in the top 25 percent in the nation in reading in
grades 3-8; more than 50 percent of those students perform in the top 10
percent on the nationally standardized test, Iowa Test of Basic Skills.
99% of students who attend Catholic high school graduate. Of those, 99.4% attend 2 and 4-year colleges and universities.
High school SAT scores average 62 points higher than the national average and 103 points higher than Florida’s
School, Palmer Catholic Academy, Christ the King Catholic School, St. Paul
Catholic School (Jacksonville Beach), Holy Family and Queen of Peace Academy
achieved the honor of being named “Blue
Ribbon Schools of Excellence” by the U.S. Department of Education.