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 is the 47th year celebrating Catholic Schools Week, which will be January 31 through February 6, 2021. The theme this year is “Catholic Schools: Faith. Excellence. Service.” Though it may look slightly different this year, 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.
Our Catholic Schools, the Catholic Schools of the Diocese of Columbus, represents 36 preschools, 42 elementary schools, and 11 high schools throughout Central Ohio. Their mission is to serve the Catholic community in the shared ministry of education. A Catholic education gives a child an education rooted in academic excellence, with endless other opportunities to succeed. Moreover, Catholic schools give children a foundation on which to develop their character, convection, morals, compassion, and desire to serve others.
Check out our Diocese of Columbus Catholic Schools Trivia, and join us in celebrating Catholic Schools Week, and share your experiences with others online using #CSW21.