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CITY CATHOLIC SCHOOLS CONTINUE GROWTH WITH EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAMS LEADING THE WAY
Catholic Schools Week Celebrations Set for January 27 through February 4

CHICAGO, IL (January 22, 2013) - Catholic elementary school enrollment in the City of Chicago is growing for the third consecutive year, according to recent results of an annual Office of Catholic Schools survey.  A total increase of 675 students in the past three years represents the first positive movement in Chicago’s Catholic school enrollment since 1965.  Additionally, Catholic school student enrollment in many areas in suburban Cook and Lake counties is stabilizing.

For the third consecutive year, over half of the 212 elementary schools in the Archdiocese have a stable or growing student population. This upward trend is happening at the preschool, kindergarten and first grade levels, which have grown a combined ten percent from three years ago for an increase of 1,350 students.

“The extraordinary work and enthusiasm on the part of parents, administrators, lay boards, volunteers and pastors, have driven the enrollment in our schools,” notes Sr. M. Paul McCaughey, Superintendent of Catholic Schools.  "And having donors - Big Shoulders and others - make aid available has given more access to families as well."

“As the largest diocesan school system in the nation, our goal remains more students in great Catholic schools, doing what we do best in service to families and the future of our world and church,” said Sr. McCaughey. She encourages a look at the Annual Report and Summary results, including system test scores, posted on the AOC Catholic Schools website under "News".

Over 85,000 students who attend Catholic schools in the Archdiocese and their 6,000 teachers will be putting out the welcome mat at their 212 elementary and 38 high schools during Catholic Schools Week that runs from January 27 through February 4. This year’s theme, Catholic Schools – Raise the Standards, will be reflected in open houses and other events throughout the week. Parents or guardians seeking information about these events and Catholic schools of the Archdiocese of Chicago are encouraged to visit schools.archchicago.org.

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