January29–February 4

National Catholic Schools Week – January 29-February 4, 2023

National Catholic Schools Week begins on the last Sunday in January and runs for an entire week. This year it is celebrated from January 29 to 4. It is annually celebrated in the United States to promote the exceptional education that comes with functioning as a Catholic school. Education has always been a vital part of decision-making for every family and parent and with this week-long occasion, people can have a glimpse of the excellent standards, formation, programs, and teachings Catholic schools can offer.

History of National Catholic Schools Week

National Catholic Schools Week is held for seven days, starting from the last Sunday in January. Aside from its promotion of education, it’s also a great opportunity to recognize the value, principles, and contributions that the Catholic schools have relayed to the Church and every citizen for decades. Showcasing what makes Catholic schools the best for every parent, family, and child is the priority for conducting Catholic Schools Week.

What usually happens during National Catholic Schools Week is the observance of catholic masses, assemblies, open houses, seminars, and many other activities for every family, parishioner, and community member. The quality and distinction of Catholic schools can be seen through these, especially for the young, those who will attend and enter school. The theme and logo for National Catholic Schools Week for the year 2022 is “Catholic Schools: Faith, Excellence, Service.”

The first Catholic school that opened in the United State was called St. Mary’s School in Philadelphia, in 1783. After some time, the enthusiasm and curiosity for Catholic education grew and the nation noticed a massive inflow of Catholics from all over the world. By the 1920s, more than 6,000 Catholic elementary schools accepted and enrolled almost two million students and employed 42,000 teachers. By the latter half of that century, enrollment grew, even more, reaching double the number of students. Ever since Catholic schools have been widely perceived and established as a viable means of education.

National Catholic Schools Week timeline

1783
Catholic School Commencement

The very first Catholic school in America, namely St. Mary’s School, opens in the state of Philadelphia.

1904
Union Groups

In July, the National Catholic Education Association’s (N.C.A.E.) convention is held in Missouri; many Catholic education groups partner with one another to compose and form the Catholic Education Association.

1974
Turned National Holiday

National Catholic Schools Week is celebrated for the first time in the United States.

2022
Another Culmination Of Catholic School

National Catholic Schools Week is celebrated for its 48th year from the last Sunday of January throughout the week.

National Catholic Schools Week FAQs

What was the 2021 theme for National Catholic Schools Week?

The theme for National Catholic Schools Week 2021 is “Catholic Schools: Faith, Excellence.”

How is the N.C.E.A made up?

The N.C.E.A. is made up of five departments: religious education, seminary, secondary schools, elementary school, and the department of chief administrators of Catholic schools. They also consist of a Commission for the National Association of Boards of Education and are an affiliate member of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities.

Are there Catholic schools all over America?

In 2001, there were Catholic schools in all 50 states with a nationwide enrollment of over 7.5 million. For the year 2018, data show that there were 6,289 Catholic schools open and operating across the United States.

How to Observe National Catholic Schools Week

  1. Spread the word

    The safest and easiest way to share about National Catholic Schools Week is to let everyone know about it whether by word of mouth or on social media. Share your thoughts through a video, blog, or post to grab the attention and consideration of parents and families. You could even use the hashtag #NCSW to disperse it even more.

  2. Discover more

    Research more about the National Catholic Schools Week, especially all the schools that are categorized under this. It is the perfect time to learn about National Catholic Schools Week during this week, as several activities and programs will be held during the event.

  3. Participate daily

    During the week-long event, each day will have a particular theme and activity. It's the best time to engage and be fully involved with the educational programs and teachings shown during this if you are interested.

5 Interesting Facts About Catholic Schools

  1. Catholic Education Association becomes nationally recognized

    In 1927, the term “National” was added to the C.E.A.

  2. N.C.E.A. has an official quarterly journal

    This is called the “Momentum,” which includes articles and files containing theories and educational approaches.

  3. N.C.E.A. has an exemplary graduation rate

    99% of the students graduate high school and 85% of graduates go to college.

  4. No need to be Catholic to join

    Many students enrolled are practicing Catholic although it’s not a requirement to be a Catholic or even a Christian.

  5. Catholic schools are double the price

    Catholic high schools cost $9,840 annually.

Why National Catholic Schools Week is Important

  1. Education is given focus

    Schools center on setting high standards for every student that has enrolled. They prepare students to achieve and become leaders that add value to society.

  2. They instill morals and values

    They help nurture the students not just to become smarter, but also to develop morals and self-discipline. They impart the importance of self-respect but also the need to respect and serve others.

  3. Schools offer scholarships and tuition aid

    They help students get accepted into a Catholic school. They also offer open enrollment as they do not require you to be Catholic to be able to join.

National Catholic Schools Week dates

YearDateDay
2022January 30Sunday
2023January 29Sunday
2024January 28Sunday
2025January 26Sunday
2026January 25Sunday

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