For several decades, Catholic schools in the United States have seen a steady decrease in enrollment. More than five million students were enrolled in Catholic schools in 1962, but the count today is under two million.
As enrollment numbers came in for the 2021-2022 school year though, the National Catholic Education Association announced that they had seen the first enrollment increase in 20 years.
Jeremiah Poff of the Washington Examiner writes:
Enrollment at Catholic K-12 schools in the United States increased in the 2021-2022 school year for the first time in 20 years, recouping over half of the enrollment losses from the prior year, according to a new report from the National Catholic Educational Association.
The annual report found that Catholic schools saw a 3.8% increase in enrollment, the largest increase the organization has ever recorded, and the first increase in 20 years, indicating the nation’s largest network of private schools may be experiencing a rebound from a massive pandemic-induced enrollment drop.
The report says enrollment at K-12 Catholic schools increased to 1.68 million, an increase from the 1.62 million students enrolled during the pandemic-affected school year of 2020-2021. In the pre-pandemic school year of 2019-2020, enrollment stood at 1.73 million.
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