As a parent or guardian, you have many options in selecting an educational opportunity for your student. It is indeed one of the most important choices you can make for your student's future. In choosing a Catholic School, you are providing your student with the spiritual and developmental skills they will need to build a bright academic future. Our students are leaders, developing in safe and nurturing enviroments conducive to academic excellence where they prepare for higher education and the global marketplace beyond.
Catholic Schools of the Diocese of Tyler welcome students of all backgrounds and faiths to experience the comprehensive education of mind, heart, and spirit. Consider your student's academic career a sucess story waiting to be written. Consider the possibilities and potential to be realized.
Research shows that:
Catholic Schools are good for the community.
- Catholic Schools tend to operate as communities rather than bureaucracies, which links to higher levels of teacher commitment, student engagement, and student achievement (Marks, 2009).
- The Catholic School climate, mission, and purpose positively impact student achievement and attendance (Bryk, Lee, & Holland, 1993).
- A faith-based orientation builds coherence and integration of schools and school community (Bryk, Lee, & Holland, 1993).
Catholic Schools help students achieve academically.
- In Catholic Schools, the student achievement gap is smaller than in public schools (Jeynes, 2007; Marks & Lee, 1989).
- In Catholic Schools, overall academic achievement is higher (Coleman, Hoffer, & Kilgore, 1982; Sander 1996).
- In Catholic Schools, student math scores improve between sophmore and senior years (Carbonaro, & Covay, 2010).
- Latino and African American students in Catholic Schools are more likely to graduate from high school and college (Grogger & Neal, 2000).
- Students with multiple disadvantages benefit most from Catholic Schools (Greley, 1982; Evans & Schwab, 1995; Neal, 1997).
- The poorer and more at-risk a student is, the greater the relative achievement gains in Catholic Schools (York, 1996).
- More research on student achievement from Catholic Education: a Journal of Inquiry and Practice.
Catholic Schools help build a better society.
- Graduates of Catholic High Schools are more likely to vote (Dee, 2005).
- Graduates of Catholic High Schools are more likely toearn higher wages (Neal, 1997).
- Catholic Schools tend to produce graduates who are more civically engaged, more tolerant of diverse views, and more committed to service as adults (Campbell, 2001; Wolf, Greene, Kleitz, & Thalhammer, 2001).
- When a Catholic School closes, neighborhood disorder increases (Brinig, Garnett, 2009).