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Why Catholic Schools?

Catholic Schools are Welcoming

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. The community and family atmosphere are immediate, but our nation’s Catholic schools are also known for tremendous long-term benefits.

A large body of research demonstrates that Catholic schools 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. Disadvantaged students attending Catholic schools are more likely to graduate from high school and eventually college than their public school peers.  

Students who learn differently or face unique challenges thrive in an environment that welcomes them, along with their spirits and gifts. The 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. 

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.


Our schools educate as partners with parents 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.” - Pope Francis

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Fostering Personal Growth and Academic Excellence

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. We educate more than 40,000 students in 108 schools across the 8 counties in northeast Ohio. Our schools are mission-driven and data informed. Our curriculum, infused with Catholicity, is aligned to national and state standards. 

For over a century, Catholic schools have built tomorrow’s generation of leaders who understand what it means to respect others, to persevere, to be selfless, to seek justice, to be disciplined. Catholic school students are prepared to participate in the life of the Church and society through a commitment to faith, self, lifelong learning, and service to the local and global church. Catholic elementary students often continue their education in Catholic high schools, which further prepare them for success, productive careers, community leadership, and faith-filled lives with God. The outcome of a Catholic education is unequalled.

Schools in the diocese have a long history of academic success, outperforming the state averages on the ACT and other standardized assessments. Of the 3,070 Catholic high school seniors of the class of 2018 in the Diocese of Cleveland, 97% went on to higher education, where they were awarded more than $270,467,014 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. 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 (OCSAA).

Catholic Schools are Affordable

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.

State Scholarship Programs

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 Tuition Assistance

Local assistance comes from the particular school to which families apply through parish subsidy, the supporting donor community, or scholarships. 

Diocesan Tuition Assistance

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. 

Please visit the financial aid & scholarships page for more information on available assistance.

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