Every day in 36 Catholic schools more than 10,000 young people in Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12 come to know Jesus Christ. They learn Gospel teachings and experience the integration of these teachings in the world in which they live. Like the thousands of Catholic school graduates who preceded them, they envision a future they will create as leaders of tomorrow’s world.
Catholic school education provides young people with an education that nurtures the faith life, develops a moral compass, offers academic excellence, and provides opportunities for service. According to the U.S. Department of Education, Catholic school students consistently score higher on advanced assessment tests than public and other private and religious schools and graduation rates are 99 percent for Catholic school students.
Catholic schools also help build a better society:
- Catholic school students are more likely to pray daily and attend church more often.
- Students who attend Catholic high schools are more likely to graduate from college than their public school counterparts.
- A child who is African American or Latino is 42 percent more likely to graduate from high school and 2.5 times more likely to graduate from college, if he or she attends Catholic school.
- The more “at risk” a child is, the greater the relative achievement gains he or she experiences in a Catholic school.
- Catholic school graduates are more civically engaged, more likely to vote, more tolerant of diverse views, and more committed to service as adults than their school peers who did not attend Catholic school.
The value of a Catholic school education cannot be underestimated. The Diocese of Wilmington has offered Catholic school education for 185+ years and continues its mission to inform, form, and transform the lives of students for today and tomorrow. Catholic schools offer a one-of-a-kind education.