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Archdiocese of Chicago

The Archdiocese of Chicago operates 276 schools (235 elementary schools, 41 high schools) in Cook and Lake counties.

The Archdiocese of Chicago’s Catholic school system has approximately 107,000 students and 5,600 teachers.

Catholic elementary schools enjoy a 19 to 1 student-teacher ratio. Catholic secondary schools have a 16 to 1 student-teacher ratio.

Archdiocese of Chicago’s Catholic schools

The attendance rate of students in elementary schools is 97%, while the rate of secondary schools in the Archdiocese is 96%.

Ninety-nine percent of students who attend Catholic secondary schools graduate and 94% of students who attend Catholic high schools attend college.

Catholic schools are diverse: 15% of the population consists of students of faith traditions other than Catholic and nearly 38% represent diverse ethnic groups.

All Catholic elementary schools use TerraNova as the testing/assessment program because of its focus on National Standards. Archdiocese of Chicago school students test well into the 60th percentile on average (national norm is the 50th percentile).

Ninety-four percent of Catholic high school students take the ACT tests in comparison to the national average of 40%.

Seventy-seven percent of Catholic elementary schools sponsor before-school programs and 93% provide after-school programs. Ninety-eight percent of Archdiocese of Chicago elementary schools offer kindergarten programs. In addition, 90% provide pre-kindergarten programs.

The Big Shoulders Fund provides scholarships and educational programs, as well as faculty support and facility improvements for 105 Catholic schools that serve inner-city students.

Eighty-one percent of elementary and high school students in Big Shoulders funded schools are members of minority groups.

Ninety-six percent of secondary school students enrolled in Big Shoulders funded schools graduate from high school and 88% enter college.

SOURCE: Archdiocese of Chicago (based on the 2004-2005 School Year)

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