Catholic Schools Office

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The Office of Catholic Schools of the Archdiocese of New Orleans provides leadership, service, support and direction to the Catholic school community. Under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we follow the example of Jesus, the Master Teacher, in our ministry to evangelize, catechize, and educate in a caring, efficient, and collaborative manner.

The Office of Catholic Schools of the Archdiocese of New Orleans provides leadership, service, support and direction to the Catholic school community.

Under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we follow the example of Jesus, the Master Teacher, in our ministry to evangelize, catechize, and educate in a caring, efficient, and collaborative manner.

Goals:

  • To foster Catholic identity through the Gospel teachings of Jesus so that Christ's presence permeates every aspect of each Catholic School;
  • To build and model faith community;
  • To empower the leadership of each Catholic school;
  • To support Catholic schools with leadership, services and resources;
  • To call each Catholic school to responsibility;
  • To direct and implement all archdiocesan and state policies.

You can make a difference in the lives of local Catholic families with a gift to the Champions of Educaiton Fund. This fund provides tuition assistance to families with children enrolled at our area Catholic schools. Make a gift by choosing Catholic Schools Champions of Educations Tuition Assistance Fund in the drop-down box of  http://nolacatholic.org/donate.

Get the facts at http://whycatholicschools.com/!

12 Reasons Why Parents Choose Catholic Schools

 

1 That Family Feel:

Catholic schools feel more like communities than bureaucracies, meaning students and teachers are motivated, dedicated, and devoted to each other.

2 Growing Whole People:

Catholic schools tend to produce graduates who are more civically engaged, more tolerant of diverse views, and more committed to service as adults.

3 Passing On the Faith:

Catholic school graduates are more likely than non-Catholic school graduates to continue practicing the faith as adults.

4 Academic Excellence:

In the Greater New Orleans area, more than $136 million in scholarships were awarded to Catholic School graduates in 2013.

5 Built for The Future:

98% of Catholic School students go to college.

6 Success Starts Here:

99.6% of Catholic School students graduate from high school, and 99% of Catholic school students take the ACT.

7 Above Average:

Greater New Orleans Catholic School student ACT scores are significantly above state and national averages.

8 In The Image of God:

In a Catholic school, there’s no getting around it: Every child is made in the image and likeness of God and is treated in a sacred way, with love, compassion, mercy, and dignity.

9 The Payoff:

Catholic School alumni earn 13.9% more than those who attended public school eight years after graduation.

10 Close to Home:

More likely than not, there is a Catholic school within 10 miles of your home.

11 Mission is a Motivator:

The Catholic climate, mission, and purpose increases student attendance and achievement.

12 Be Not Afraid:

Students find comfort, safety, and confidence in a place where they know God is at the center of all they do.

Special Needs - Where are we and where are we going?

By: Dr. Jan Daniel Lancaster, Superintendent of Catholic Schools

To start with, we have two schools - Holy Rosary and St. Michael - that do an excellent job of serving students with learning differences and special needs. Meanwhile, all of our schools serve students with learning differences in some capacity, and approximately 10 of our schools have expanded their special needs programs and services this year.

Where are we going?

Next year, we are beginning a pilot program that will offer an inclusion program for  children with Down Syndrome, autism, and other special needs. Some may ask, what has changed from many years ago to make this initiative sustainable?

To start with, we have an archbishop who has openly said for many years that this is a top priority. I am most grateful for his support, and I am grateful that there is much more support. We have administrators who believe serving students with special needs is something we must do; funding from the EEF grant committed by the archbishop for the next four years to help launch these pilot programs; community partnerships offering their expertise and guidance; the hiring of a speech and language pathologist to work in our office on the special needs initiatives; the services of Paul Breaux, a consultant helping us implement this program over the next several years; and finally, the special needs committee, which has worked diligently over the past five years to get this process in place. This committee has been instrumental in guiding and will continue to guide this initiative.

As we move forward, we know that we have the structure and process in place to do this right and we know we have the people in place to make it successful and ensure sustainment and expansion for many years to come. Thank you to the many people who have served God's beloved for many years, and thank you to those who are stepping out in faith to make sure more of His children feel His tender care.

 

Tuition Assistance

Champions of Catholic Education

The archdiocesan Champions of Catholic Education Fund provides tuition assistance to families seeking a Catholic education for their children. Funds are raised through individual, foundation and corporate gifts and through the annual second collection for Catholic Schools held during Catholic Schools Week each year. Those wanting to make a gift to this fund should contact The Catholic Foundation at (504) 596-3045.

Applications for this tuition assistance open each Spring, and more information will be made available about how to apply at a later date.

 

Tuition Donation Rebate Program

The Tuition Donation Rebate Program empowers low-income Louisiana families with the financial resources to choose the school that will best prepare their children for college and careers. This program provides rebates to Louisiana state taxpayers that donate to School Tuition Organizations, tax-exempt, not-for-profit organizations. School Tuition Organizations use these donations to provide scholarships to students in low-income families. To be eligible for a scholarship, students must have a family income that does not exceed 250% of the federal poverty line and must be entering kindergarten, enrolled in a Louisiana public school, or enrolled in the Louisiana Scholarship Program. Students apply directly to School Tuition Organizations for scholarships. Once they receive a scholarship, students then apply directly to the nonpublic school of their choice for enrollment. School Tuition Organizations determine the amount of the scholarship. For more information about the TDR program and for more information about how to apply, go to https://www.louisianabelieves.com/schools/tuition-donation-rebate-program.

 

Louisiana State Scholarship for Excellence Program

The Louisiana Scholarship Program empowers low-income families with the same opportunity as more affluent parents already have – the financial resources to send their child to the school of their choice.  Launched in 2008 in New Orleans, the Louisiana Scholarship Program, formally known as the Student Scholarships for Education Excellence Program, was expanded statewide in 2012. For the 2015-2016 school year, more than 12,000 students applied for a Scholarship and nearly 7,200 students accepted a Scholarship and enrolled in a participating, state-approved private school. To be eligible for a Scholarship, students must have a family income that does not exceed 250% of the federal poverty guidelines and must be entering kindergarten or enrolled in a public school with a C, D, or F grade. For more information about the State Schoalrship Program go to https://www.louisianabelieves.com/schools/louisiana-scholarship-program.

 

School-based Tuition Assistance

While each Catholic school in the Archdiocese of New Orleans is different and sets their own budgets based on student enrollment and human and financial resources available to it, almost all Catholic schools in the area have some sort of either need-based aid or academic scholarship program available to families seeking assistance in paying tuition. For more information about these school-managed programs, families should be in direct communication with school leadership.