Catholic education provides students with a values-based education, rooted in the mission of the Catholic Church. These values are fully integrated into all programs. School communities are also integrated into the life of the parish through various liturgical events and service projects. In Catholic academies and schools, religion is ensured as a priority.
Catholic education is focused on the whole child in mind, body and soul. In addition to class sizes that meet the needs of all students, Catholic education provides a challenging curriculum that reflects the New York State Learning Standards in a safe, caring and supportive learning environment. This environment encourages lifelong learning and prepares students for high school and beyond.
Students are provided with the skills necessary to be successful in the 21st century. State-of-the-art technology and programs are valuable teaching tools and can challenge students to go beyond the core curriculum.
Student learning opportunities are always expanding when it comes to Catholic education in Brooklyn and Queens, be it through partnerships with Catholic high schools, local colleges and universities, or through the rich cultural opportunities offered in New York City. These rich cultural opportunities—such as cultural themed festivals, projects, and trips— engage students in the teaching and learning process.
The success of Catholic education in Brooklyn and Queens is also measured with proven results:
- ELA results on New York State Tests in Catholic academies/schools consistently outpaced New York State and City schools.
- Catholic Education is cost efficient: per pupil spending averages $5,143 compared to over $19,597 per pupil in NYC public elementary schools; savings to NYC taxpayers – over $600 million per year.
- Average annual tuition for a Catholic elementary school within the Diocese of Brooklyn is $4,022.
- $7.566 million in scholarships was awarded to 5,495 students to attend Catholic elementary schools within the diocese.
- 75% of eighth grade graduates will attend Catholic or other private/specialized high schools.
- 58 schools and academies reported that 538 eighth grade graduates were offered $8,838,220 in merit-based scholarships to attend these high schools.
- 63 eighth grade graduates were accepted into specialized schools.
- 99% of students in Catholic secondary schools graduate within four years; 98% go on to college.
Finally, Catholic education in Brooklyn and Queens is here for students of all ages, from early childhood through high school. Children of all faiths are welcome.