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Celebrating Catholic Schools Week!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

By Ryan Blackburn

With elementary school enrollment on the rise, a new strategic plan and the launch of a $350 million campaign for Catholic education, there is much to celebrate in Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic Schools as we prepare for Catholic Schools Week from Sunday, January 26th through Saturday, February 1st.

Over 84,000 students who attend Catholic schools in the Archdiocese and their 6,000 caring and committed educators will be celebrating their communities, their families and their achievements at 244 elementary and high schools in Cook and Lake counties throughout the week.

Most elementary schools will host open houses on Sunday, January 26th for prospective families exploring admissions for next Fall. Parents or guardians seeking information about these events and looking for Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Chicago are encouraged to visit where a school locator and contact information for each school can be found.

The annual report below showcases many accomplishments of the past year, and the video below it is a message of gratitude and appreciation to the parents who choose Catholic schools for their children.

We wish everyone a wonderful Catholic Schools Week!

2013 Office of Catholic Schools Annual Report
We invite you to view the most recent Office of Catholic Schools Annual Report. This report provides a wonderful look at the year in review and showcases the major accomplishments such as the unveiling of the Strategic Plan, the launch of AdvancED accreditation for the entire elementary system as well as the generosity of the community in supporting our schools.

Video of Gratitude to Catholic School Parents
In the spirit of it being the Year of Parents, click the image above for a recently produced video that showcases how, in the words of our Superintendent, Sister Mary Paul, "Parents Rock!"

The annual Catholic Schools Week celebration is a joint project of the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). This year marks the 40th anniversary of the week, established in 1974 to recognize Catholic education as a great gift to the Church and the nation.


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