Today, there are more than 1.5 million elementary and middle school-aged children attending Catholic schools throughout the United States. Forty three percent are in urban and inner city areas where, for more than 100 years, they have been educating and preparing for success many of the country’s immigrants and working poor.
At the Catholic Partnership Schools, 93% of our families are below poverty level, 65% of our students are Hispanic, 30% are African-American, and approximately 50% are non-Catholic. And what may be the most telling statistic: Citing just one of our schools as an example, over 90% of our students graduate from high school. This is compared to less than 25% at the two Camden City schools that are the public high school options for our young people.
The five schools (Holy Name, Sacred Heart, Saint Anthony, Saint Cecilia, and Saint Joseph) are regularly re-accredited by the Middle States Association Commission on Elementary Schools. They choose to seek this rigorous critique from a well-respected and objective accrediting agency. Not one of the public or charter schools in Camden City holds this recognized and valuable accreditation.
The Ferguson Foundation's contribution to the Catholic Partnership will pay for three tuitions this year.