Superintendent of Catholic Schools
Archdiocese of Indianapolis
In central and southern Indiana, the Archdiocese of Indianapolis offers 68 choices where nearly 24,000 young people encounter Christ through an enriched, holistic and formative educational experience, yet there seem to be several myths about Catholic education that exist:
• Catholic schools only serve Catholic youths. Our schools welcome families of different faiths; in fact, more than 21 percent of the students we serve this year celebrate other faiths. We are proud to share our Catholic faith and invite all who are interested in sharing in the mission of our schools: forming young people through holistic, engaging and academically excellent programming that integrates faith, culture and life as modeled by our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
• Catholic schools only accept students who maintain a high GPA. Our schools offer diverse programming for students of all abilities. All strive to meet the learning needs of students through specialized personnel, enriched programming and well-researched instructional practices. Additionally, the majority of our schools proudly work with local public schools to provide benefits and services to students who need additional supports.
• Catholic schools are intended for affluent families. Our schools open their doors to all who desire a quality, Catholic education regardless of financial means. Fortunately, we live in a state that values educational choice for families, recognizing that parents are the first teachers of their children and deserve to select a school that best fits their values.
A Catholic education is more affordable and accessible than many individuals think. There are numerous scholarship options for eligible families, including Indiana CHOICE scholarships, tax credit scholarships and parish or school-based tuition support.
• Catholic schools are limited in the resources provided to students. We believe strongly in being good stewards of our resources and God’s creation. Our primary investment is in our stellar school leaders, teachers and staff along with the essential supports students need to be successful.
Of course, we have strong science, technology, engineering and math programs and a rigorous curriculum. Our students participate in faith formation, service opportunities, prayer and other celebrations that prepare them for life.
Did you know that graduates of Catholic schools are more likely to vote, earn higher wages, be civically engaged, be more committed to service as adults and even demonstrate more tolerance of diverse views than their peers? Research over the past two decades continues to illustrate the favorable results produced through Catholic education and formation.
Choosing a high-quality, Catholic education for a child is perhaps the greatest investment one can make in his or her future. The Archdiocese of Indianapolis invites all who are interested in learning about the holistic education and formation we offer to visit our schools in your area.
For more information you may also check out the Office of Catholic Schools’ special publication: http://www.archindy.org/OCS-Special-Publication-2017-2018/documents/OCS%20Special%20Publication-2017-2018.pdf.