Established in 1974 by the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA), Catholic Schools Week is an annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States. It provides an opportunity to recognize the importance, the value, and the contributions of Catholic education to the Church and the world.
This year, Catholic Schools Week is January 26 – February 1, and the theme is “Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.” The week-long celebration is typically observed with Masses, open houses and other activities for students, families, parishioners and community members. Catholic Schools Week events showcase and celebrate the rich traditions and the incredible value of Catholic education on both a local and national level.
According to NCEA, there are more than 6,000 Catholic schools nationwide. These schools serve nearly 2 million elementary, middle, and secondary school students and are located across all regions. Among the benefits of Catholic schools are:
- The integration of faith with academic subjects, culture, and everyday life;
- The emphasis of living out the faith as missionary disciples;
- Catholic virtues and values and Catholic Social Teaching, which contribute to productive citizenship and responsible leadership;
- An environment that encourages and nurtures prayer and is safe, welcoming, and supportive for children;
- A favorable student to teacher ratio;
- High graduation and college attendance rates; and
- Teacher commitment.
Join in celebrating Catholic Schools Week, and share your experiences with others online using #CSW20.