Celebrate Catholic Schools Week is January 27 - February 2, 2013
The Diocese of St. Augustine will celebrate National Catholic Schools
Week, Jan. 27 to Feb. 2, 2013. During the week, schools and parishes focus on
the value of Catholic education provides to young people and Catholic
education’s contributions to our community and our nation. This year’s theme is
“Catholic Schools Raise the Standards.”
Schools in the diocese will
celebrate Catholic Schools Week with Masses, open houses and activities for
students, families, parishioners and the community at large. And a diocesan
tradition of Catholic Schools Week is a food drive for Catholic Charities. It
is the largest food drive of the year stocking the food pantries at each
regional office of Catholic Charities: Gainesville, Jacksonville, Lake City and
Facts about Catholic Education in the Diocese of St. Augustine:
Catholic School in Jacksonville is the oldest elementary school, opened in
Academy in St. Augustine, established in 1866, is the oldest Catholic high
school in Florida.
school, St. Francis Catholic High School, opened in 2004.
student enrollment for the current academic year is 10,454.
The Diocese of
St. Augustine has 29 Catholic schools: 4 secondary schools and 25 elementary
schools, including one special education school.
schools offer a pre-kindergarten program. The diocese has 3 early childhood
per-pupil cost of educating a child in Catholic schools is $5,928, as compared
to theaverage public school per-pupil cost of $11,282. Catholic elementary and
secondary schools save the government and tax payers of our nation $21.3
billion dollars a year. Catholic schools in the diocese saved the state
government and taxpayers $2.3 billion in 2011-2012.
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.
99.4 percent of
high school graduates placed in 2 and 4-year colleges & universities.
SAT scores are
48 points higher than the national average and 85 points higher than Florida’s
average in 2011.
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