Here are some staggering statistics about Latinos in Catholic schools:
Only 53% of Latinos graduate from high school in 4 years
Children in Catholic Schools are 42% more likely to graduate high school
Only 3% of Latinos send their kids to Catholic schools
The University of Notre Dame and the Alliance for Catholic Education says it is time to make a change. The “Notre Dame Task Force on the Participation of Latino Families and Children in Catholic Schools” was formed in 2008 and today, in honor of the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe, they published their groundbreaking report.
Its promise? Double the percentage of Latinos attending Catholic schools by 2020. That’s 1 million new students in Catholic schools in 10 years.
The Latino Task Force Report issued four recommendations to meet its goal of raising the percentage of Latinos in Catholic schools to 6%. These recommendations are:
I. Develop the demand
II. Develop access
III. Develop leaders
IV. Transform Catholic school systems
You can help! With number of Latino Catholics in the United States rising, there is no better opportunity for the Church to take up this challenge. How can you join the mission?
First, visit the Catholic School Advantage website to get informed and stay connected. Download the report or order your copy. There are some quick suggestions on how to get involved for bishops, superintendants, pastors, principals, teachers, and school advisory board members.
Share your stories of hope with the rest of the country:
- Share your success story
- Suggest a school that is a sign of hope
- Make recommendations. Share best practices
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