Official Fact Sheet 2020

CATHOLIC SCHOOL PROFILE 2020 – 2021


The Hartford Archdiocese is, according to enrollment, the 51st largest network of Catholic schools among the 175 (Arch) Dioceses in the United States that have schools.  According to number of schools, the Archdiocese of Hartford is the 39th largest.

38 Catholic Schools: 
27 Parochial elementary schools,
2 Private elementary/middle schools,
4 Archdiocesan high schools,
5 Private high schools
 


Student Enrollment


Total Enrollment = 9,188

Pre-K/elementary/middle school students = 5,630

Secondary school students = 3,558

Enrollment diversity: 1,871 or 20%; Hispanic ethnicity: 1,209 or 13%

Students of Catholic faith enrollment = 6,955 or 76%

Students of other faiths enrollment = 1,777or 19% (5% unknown)          
                     


Student Diversity and Faith Backgrounds


The Archdiocese of Hartford welcomes and affirms all cultures, ethnic groups and faith backgrounds.  The rate of racial diversity in the Catholic schools is 20% and the Hispanic ethnicity is 13%.  According to the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) the rate of racial diversity in Catholic schools nationally is 22% and the Hispanic ethnicity is 18.5%.  In New England the rates in Catholic schools are 22% racial diversity and 12% Hispanic ethnicity.  Of the total 9,188 students enrolled in our Catholic schools, 76% are Roman Catholic, 19% come from other faith backgrounds, and 5% unknown.  The Archdiocese of Hartford enrolls approximately 60 international students from several countries in 9 of the schools.



 


Professional Staff (Pre-K-12)


Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Hartford, including parish schools, diocesan high schools and private elementary and secondary schools, employ 854 professional staff members. 77% of the professional staff is Catholic, and 23% is non-Catholic or unknown.


 


Professional Staff:


Full-time:                         637 or 75%

Part-time:                         217 or 25%

Laity (FT and PT):           817 or 96%

Religious/Clergy:                 37 or 4%

Student/Teacher ratio – Elementary/Middle School = 10 to 1

Student/Teacher ratio – Secondary School = 13 to 1

Overall Student/Teacher ratio = 11 to 1
 


New England Association of Schools and Colleges Accreditation


All of the elementary, middle and high schools of the Archdiocese of Hartford are accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), a prestigious accrediting agency that sanctions such esteemed New England institutions as Harvard and Yale Universities.  Archdiocesan schools meet or exceed the demanding standards set by NEASC and understand that association with the independent schools of this organization deepens their commitment to excellence in education.
 


Test Scores


College-bound students in the nine Catholic high schools of the Archdiocese of Hartford consistently perform better than their peers at the state and national level on all sections of the SAT®. Particular areas of strength include evidence-based reading and writing. We are proud to say that the Classes of 2020 earned outstanding SAT® scores, despite the challenges presented by the COVID pandemic and remote instruction.

Students in Catholic elementary schools of the Archdiocese of Hartford score in the top third of the nation in all subtests of the Iowa Assessments®, a nationally recognized norm referenced test that measures student growth and proficiency across all content areas. Archdiocese of Hartford students' performance on all subtests of this battery – math, reading, language arts, science, and social studies – exceeded the average score of students tested nationally.
 


High School Data – Class of 2020


100% of Catholic high school seniors graduate from high school.

98% of Catholic high school seniors pursue further education:  four year colleges, two year colleges, training programs, or the military; 97% go on to two and four year colleges; 95% go on to four year colleges.  Students graduating in 2020 from Catholic high schools included 7 National Merit Scholars.  Our Catholic high school students perform 100,959 hours of community service at more than 777 different organizations demonstrating faith in action.
 



Financial Assistance/Tax Savings


The existence of Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Hartford relieves taxpayer burden considerably in the towns that have Catholic schools.  During the 2020-2021 academic year, the Archdiocese of Hartford is educating 9,188 children within 38 schools.  Based on the most recent available data from the Connecticut State Department of Education, 2019-2020, the cost to towns with Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Hartford would be $163,252,384 dollars in additional levied taxes.  Most of the dollars to support these schools come from the parents and school fund raising efforts, but in 2020 the Archdiocese also provided $1,686,708 dollars in support to lighten the financial burden of parents.