Catholic Schools

Superintendent sees bright future for Catholic schools due to Florida’s scholarship expansion

“We are just about back to our pre-COVID numbers and are excited to have many people touring our campuses for next year.” – Deacon Scott Conway News of a rebound in Florida’s Catholic school enrollment cheered school leaders across the Sunshine State following a pandemic-induced dip in 2020, suffered in[Read More…]

Florida Catholic school enrollment forecast looking brighter

Catholic school enrollment in Florida rebounded this year following a nearly 7% decline at the start of the COVID pandemic. According to newly released data from the Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops, enrollment grew by 4,610 students, or nearly 6%, during the 2021-22 school year. “Even though we experienced a[Read More…]

Faith leaders: Build Back Better bill could exclude children from childcare, early learning programs

While leaders of some religious organizations that provide childcare and prekindergarten believe their students could benefit from President Joe Biden’s $1.85 trillion Build Back Better bill, they worry that a nondiscrimination provision in the social policy bill could disqualify children who utilize their programs from such benefits. The United States[Read More…]

A parent’s story: How the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship benefited all of us

Editor’s note: This first-person essay from Florida mother Sharifah Lee was adapted from the American Federation for Children’s Voices for Choice website. I am a hometown Florida girl, born of parents who came to this country with seven children. My siblings and I are the product of public schools. Because[Read More…]

Indiana education choice advocate partners with Catholic diocese to expand options for students

Editor’s note: This article about Dan Kozlowski, regional director for the Northwest Indiana Initiative of the Big Shoulders Fund, appeared Sunday on nwi.com. As Sister Mary Jo Sobieck took the field to throw the ceremonial first pitch at a Chicago White Sox game, the world watched. And those who didn’t[Read More…]

Private school enrollment increase points to parent, student satisfaction as new academic year begins

Holy Family Catholic School started its new academic year not with a bang, but a boom. An enrollment boom. “Last year, we had about 360 students,” said Sandy Salem, director of marketing and advancement for the Jacksonville, Florida, school.  “This year we jumped to over 420. We hope to continue[Read More…]

South Florida town broadens scope of education task force with inclusion of private school

Lake Worth Beach city commissioners, when forming an education task force to connect with local schools and identify student and staff needs, did nothing unusual when they asked representatives from the city’s six district schools to serve. What was unusual was the members’ inclusion of the city’s private school, Sacred[Read More…]

Florida Catholic schools eager for Purple Star Campus designation

Military families move every two to three years, which means new homes, new cities, and most important, new schools. To help make Florida’s education system more hospitable to the children of active duty and former members of the armed forces, state lawmakers recently approved HB 429. The law, which Gov.[Read More…]