Individual academic excellence is encouraged through a culture of high expectations and caring support.
The curriculum in Cleveland’s Catholic schools is designed to meet and exceed the academic standards of the state of Ohio while emphasizing the Catholic mission and philosophy of the school.
Cleveland’s Catholic schools have a long history of academic success, outperforming the state averages on Ohio’s Graduation Test and the ACT. Of the 3,132 Catholic high school seniors of the class of 2017 in the Diocese of Cleveland, 97% went on to higher education, where they were awarded more than $308,918,000 in college scholarship assistance.
The Catholic Diocese of Cleveland uses NWEA’s MAP as the diocesan-wide assessment tool for all of our elementary schools. MAP® GrowthTM measures what students know and informs teachers what they’re ready to learn next. By dynamically adjusting to each student’s performance, MAP Growth creates a personalized assessment experience that accurately measures performance–whether a student performs on, above, or below grade level. Timely, easy-to-use reports help teachers teach, students learn, and administrators make better informed decisions on instructional practices in their buildings. MAP is administered three times during the school year, allowing educators to adjust their instructional approach to continually meet the needs of their students.
All Diocese of Cleveland Catholic Schools are recognized as chartered non-public schools by the Ohio Department of Education and are accredited by the Ohio Catholic School Accrediting Association.
Catholic schools in the diocese seek to meet the unique learning needs of each student through a value-centered, inclusive education, rooted in faith, that embraces the whole person.
Following the example of Jesus, one does not need to be Catholic to “come and see” what Catholic schools have to offer. One need only respect the values of the Catholic community and be open to the experience of holistic formation in a Catholic school environment. Catholic schools in the Diocese of Cleveland do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, or national or ethnic origin in the administration of their educational policies, admissions policies, extracurricular programs, and other school-administered programs.
Research shows that students who learn differently or face unique challenges thrive in an environment that welcomes them, along with their spirits and gifts. The Catholic Diocese of Cleveland’s Better Together initiative seeks to enable all students to participate in elementary and secondary Catholic school classrooms by providing students, to the greatest extent possible, with the necessary services and support for success. This program of professional learning is building the capacity of Catholic schools to implement research-based strategies to support equal access to the curriculum and extra-curricular activities, regardless of their challenges, while ensuring high expectations are maintained for all students.
“each student... must feel welcomed and loved for what he or she is, with all of their limitations and potential.” - Pope Francis
Catholic schools are built on strong cultures of Gospel Values. The community and family atmosphere is immediate, but our nation’s Catholic schools are also known for tremendous long-term benefits. In addition to higher overall achievement, they have demonstrated effectiveness in closing achievement gaps. Disadvantaged students attending Catholic schools are more likely to graduate from high school and eventually college than their public school peers. A large body of research demonstrates that Catholic schools also tend to produce graduates who are more civically engaged, including more likely to vote, more tolerant of diverse views, and more committed to service as adults. The hallmarks of a Cleveland Catholic school are its high expectations and caring people. Our schools educate as partners with parents, fulfilling Pope Francis’ call for Catholic schools to “build an educational relationship with each student, who must feel welcomed and loved for what he or she is, with all of their limitations and potential.”
Catholic schools in the Diocese of Cleveland are chartered, non-public schools that rely on tuition and other private sources of funding to operate. Each school sets its own tuition amount, and has varying opportunities for financial assistance.
Ohio provides vouchers for students to attend private schools based on location, public school status, parental income, or special needs. All or most of elementary school tuition may be funded by one of Ohio’s five state scholarship programs. To find schools that are providers for the Cleveland Scholarship, EdChoice Scholarship, EdChoice Expansion Scholarship, and Jon Peterson Special Needs Scholarship or Autism Scholarship, visit the state’s Scholarship Dashboard page. To learn more about Ohio’s scholarship programs, visit the Ohio Department of Education Scholarships page.
Local assistance comes from the particular school to which families apply through parish subsidy, the supporting donor community, or scholarships.
In addition to funds available at the school level, families may apply for Diocesan Tuition Assistance. These funds are raised through the Catholic Community Foundation and distributed by the Formation & Education Office to over 3,000 students in need annually.
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