EDITOR’S NOTE (Nick Stamatakis): Please take a look at the two pieces of news below (one of them is a WSJ editorial report), that are among the countless reports noting the rebounding Catholic Education.  I can almost guarantee to you that all other forms of private education (religious, charter schools, etc) is flourishing as parents are rushing to take their kids out of the disastrous public schools, where Critical Race Theory, Sexual Education among all other kinds of unacceptable subjects, are taught to minors.  We have pointed before to the great opportunity for the remaining Greek schools.  To take advantage proper leadership is needed. 
Instead of following the trends, Fr. Nektarios directed the priests of Astoria to abandon religious education a few months ago and, as far as I know, it has not been restored; he directed all his effort towards the already failing building project across from St.Demetrios, which, with a budget of about $8 million, is bound to bankrupt the parish. At the Education Office of GOARCH, where central planning would allow to take advantage of this changing situation, nothing is moving – except a few sleepy zoom seminars.
There are a few bright spots though: Most charter schools are doing fine thanks to their own planning, and in the Cathedral School of Manhattan, Ms. Meropi Kyriakou, the enlightened new principal, has taken serious steps to turning the troubled school around. And we shouldn’t forget the always active beloved teacher Mr. Dimosthenes Triantafylou’s miraculous school at Fairview, NJ… 

Enrollment in US Catholic schools rebounds

Associated Press

Enrollment in Catholic schools in the United States rose 3.8% from the previous academic year, rebounding from a sharp drop caused by the coronavirus pandemic, Catholic education officials reported Monday.

The National Catholic Educational Association said nationwide enrollment increased by 62,000 to about 1.68 million students, marking the first increase in two decades and the largest jump it has recorded in at least five decades.

“Enrollment at all types of schools — public, charter and private — were impacted last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Catholic schools had a decline in enrollment of 6.4% from 2019-2020 to 2020-2021,” the NCEA said about the largest single year decline in the 50 years since it has collected data.

“Catholic schools’ dedication in safely opening classrooms and supporting their communities’ needs last year is demonstrated in the 3.8% increase in enrollment.”

The annual report said that Catholic school students, teachers and administrators were optimistic when schools returned to in-person classes this fall, as many did during the previous school year. But they continue to face challenges as school systems across the nation try to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Financial and enrollment problems were worsened by the pandemic and forced the permanent closure of many Catholic schools nationwide. After a wave of closures, there are now 5,938 Catholic schools in the United States, compared with more than 11,000 in 1970.

John Reyes, the NCEA’s executive director for operational vitality, said last year the closures disproportionately impacted urban communities where significant numbers of Black children, including many from non-Catholic families, attended Catholic schools.

The latest report said over the last two years, the largest dioceses have been losing enrollment at more than double the rate of other dioceses.

“As the population in the United States shifts away from major cities, the largest dioceses may face more school closures and consolidation,” the report said. “Dioceses will need to determine how they can continue to serve underserved communities in their cities as these changes occur.”

Elementary and middle schools were harder hit between the 2019-20 and the 2020-21 school year by the pandemic with a collective enrollment decline of 8.1%, compared with a 2.5% decline for secondary schools. Prekindergarten programs saw the steepest drop, 26.6%.

This year, Catholic elementary schools had a 5.8% increase in enrollment; secondary schools had a slight drop of 0.4%.

“Increases in enrollment at the primary grade levels is a positive sign for long-term secondary school viability, even if there was a slight decline this year,” the report said.

The report also said that prekindergarten enrollment increased by 33.5%.

“Enrollment of the youngest learners in Catholic schools was a driver of the overall Catholic elementary school increase. Almost every state had an increase in pre-kindergarten enrollment …” Top increases were recorded in Utah (137%, 284 students) and California (134%, 6,187 students).

The nationwide gain of 62,000 students to Catholic schools can be mostly attributed to prekindergarten related enrollment, the report said. But it is still 2.7% lower than 2019-20.

“It is promising that early childhood students have returned to Catholic schools but troubling that enrollment is still lower than prepandemic levels,” it said.

“Catholic schools innovated throughout the last two years to meet the needs of their communities,” the report said. “They need to continue to adapt to those needs and use the momentum to retain students and recruit new students in the upcoming years to stabilize or continue to increase enrollment.”

WSJ – Editorial Report

Catholic Schools’ Good Covid Year

Staying open during the pandemic paid off in growing enrollment.

Catholic schools have educated millions of Americans, and their decline in recent decades has been a cultural and educational tragedy. But crisis creates opportunity, and the news is that Catholic schools staged a surprising enrollment rebound during the pandemic. Imagine that: Stay open to teach children, and they will come.
The National Catholic Educational Association reports that enrollment in U.S. Catholic schools increased by 62,000 students—3.8%—from fall 2020 to fall 2021. That’s the highest one-year increase the organization has recorded and the first enrollment upswing in two decades.
Catholic secondary school enrollment declined by 0.4%, but elementary schools more than made up for it with 5.8% more students. “Increases in enrollment at the primary grade levels is a positive sign for long-term secondary school viability,” the report notes.
Two-thirds of the enrollment surge was driven by a 34% jump in pre-school students, which is a rebound from a steep decline in pre-school the year before. The NCEA estimates that Catholic schools have nearly 40,000 more students than they would have had without the pandemic.
Every grade from pre-K through sixth gained students compared to the previous school year. The number of Catholic school closures and consolidations also fell to 71 last year, down from about 100 in prior years, NCEA says.
Notably, about 7% of Catholic school students and 20% of Catholic schools reported using school-choice programs. Those rates were highest in Arizona and Florida, which have generous education savings account and voucher offerings. Lawmakers in many states have been expanding school choice, which could boost Catholic school enrollment in future years.
Public school enrollment tumbled 3% last year. In December, National Public Radio found that most of the 600 districts it analyzed from across the country had a second year of declines. Many Catholic schools reopened while public schools remained closed. In Arlington’s Catholic diocese, all 41 schools were in person or hybrid by fall 2020. They were rewarded with a 7% enrollment increase of more than 1,100 students this year.
The report doesn’t say this, but we wonder if the discovery by many parents of widespread and union-led political indoctrination in public schools has also helped Catholic schools. The voter recall of three San Francisco school board members this week showed that even liberals are revolting against radical progressivism in K-12 education. The solution is more education choice, whether in public charter, or secular or religious private schools.



  1. Good news! 👏🏻
    The powers that be wanted separation of church and state, as parochial schools vehemently fought for city/state funding from their inception. Catholic schools were no exception. Somehow they survived, although many were shut down forever. Due to our current political climate, It seems that eventually, God always wins. I know of 3 families placing their children in Catholic school, one of which left the Greek school system bc of the politicalization of the spiritual leaders.
    I can tell you emphatically, these students will receive a well rounded, strong curriculum based, steeped in faith, moral, education. No inversion here, only God! ☦️


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