Trying to fix the Catholic school problem

Trying to fix the Catholic school problem

[To increase enrollment but not necessarily to insure the authentic teaching of Catholic doctrine and morals (and their acceptance by the faculty – the few remaining religious and the increasing number of laity with little or poor formation in the faith)]

Diocesan officials are working to get more of their faithful, especially Hispanics, into school classrooms

FEBRUARY 5, 2016 @

The following comes from a February 4 Press Enterprise article:

As they celebrate Catholic Schools Week running through Saturday, February 6, leaders of the Diocese of San Bernardino are trying to bolster enrollment by courting parents dissatisfied by the public school system.
In the Inland area and statewide, nine of 10 Catholic children go to public schools. The Diocese, which serves about 1.6 million Catholics across Riverside and San Bernardino counties, has 7,548 students in its three high schools, 24 elementary schools and three preschools. Total enrollment has fallen more than 14 percent since 2003-2004.
A report from the bishops released this week, “Our Catholic Schools in California: A Stellar Past, A Robust Future,” recommends making Catholic schools more desirable, accessible and affordable for Latino families, who comprise almost three-fourths of the Diocese.
Despite their numbers, many Latinos don’t enroll their kids in Catholic school because they view it as cost prohibitive, elitist and unwelcoming, the report states.
The diocese hired Delila Vasquez in July 2014 to build enrollment by reaching out to Spanish-speaking families who attend church throughout San Bernardino but don’t know the area has Catholic schools.
She meets individually with interested parents to work out a tuition plan they can afford based on their income and expenses. Nearly half of Holy Rosary students get scholarships from $400 to $1,000 through the Catholic Education Foundation.
The diocese gives out about $3.3 million a year in financial aid including scholarships, tuition discounts and deferred tuition payments in case of a job loss or other emergency.

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One comment on “Trying to fix the Catholic school problem

  1. Another Catholic school goes under

    Silicon Valley’s St. Lawrence Academy will be closing at the end of this year

    [After 30 years and in one of the fastest growing dioceses in the US with a good Catholic demographic of various ethnic and socio-economic groups]

    FEBRUARY 4, 2016 @

    The following comes from a February 2 statement from San Jose Bishop Patrick J. McGrath:

    It is with great sadness that I am informing you of the decision to close St. Lawrence Academy at the end of the 2015-2016 academic year. This decision has been a difficult one, made in light of a significant accumulated deficit, declining enrollment levels, and the inability to raise funds to stabilize and sustain operations.
    We are deeply sorry for the disruption to our community of families and staff, and most particularly our students. As Superintendent of Schools for the Catholic Diocese of San Jose, Kathy Almazol is working with St Lawrence Academy school leadership to help place our students in alternative academic settings where they can finish their high school education and prepare for college.

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