Catholic Schools

Catholic schools have been a beacon of light, from their earliest days that preceded the nation’s founding by more than 150 years.

Catholic schools:

  • Understand that education is a formative process, centered on Jesus Christ the Teacher, and ordered to the cultivation of wisdom and virtue, which leads to human flourishing.
  • Proclaim that truth, goodness, and beauty form the soul, are worthy in their own right, and are meant for everyone.
  • Embrace the Church’s understanding of the inherent dignity of the human person, recognizing that all are made in God’s image and all share a common destiny with Him.
  • Recognize that parents are the primary educators of their children, and seek to form a partnership that best serves the needs of children and families.
  • Foster communion and community, echoing the Gospel call to gather all nations in Christ, and thus are animated by a sense of compassionate service to all.
  • Provide a ladder to the poor, the immigrant, and the marginalized, in accord with a centuries-old tradition of lifting many from poverty to a more prosperous life. The poorer and more at-risk a student is, the greater the relative achievement gains in Catholic schools. A black or Latino child is 42% more likely to graduate from high school and two-and-a-half times more likely to graduate from college if he or she attends a Catholic school.
  • Recognize that academic excellence is the birthright of children and seek to provide a rich and challenging education to all students.

There are more than 400 Catholic schools across New York State with nearly 10,000 administrators, teachers and staff dedicated to serving nearly 200,000 students – all while saving taxpayers approximately $5 billion each year.

For more information on Catholic schools, please contact your diocesan Catholic school office, linked below.

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The New York State Catholic Conference facilitates the work of the NYS Council of Catholic School Superintendents, which provides a unified voice in meeting the educational and advancing the public policy interests of more than 400 Catholic schools across the state. The Council also partners with multiple organizations representing the broader religious and independent school community to engage state and federal policymakers on efforts to ensure that families continue to have access to a diverse array of schools and that their children benefit from publicly funded programs and direct services.