Catholic schools are noted for their faith-based education, academic excellence, and commitment to service. This year’s theme of Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service, celebrates these accomplishments. .
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National Catholic Schools Week is a joint project of the National Catholic Educational Association and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
According to Karen Ristau, NCEA president, “Catholic schools provide good things for students and families—high expectations and daily experience of faith. In these challenging times, the theme also reminds parents that the dividends of a Catholic school education—students prepared in faith, knowledge, morals and discipline—last a lifetime. There is no better way to invest in a child’s future—or the future of our world.”
Marie Powell, executive director of the Secretariat of Catholic Education of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, noted: “We realize that in most parts of the country a Catholic education is not without some cost. But I can't think of a better investment in the future than to invest in the education of a child.”
NCEA is the largest private, professional education association in the world. Founded in 1904, the association's membership represents more than 200,000 educators serving more than 7 million students at all levels of Catholic education. USCCB is the national public policy organization of the bishops in the United States.