Catholic Schools Week begins this Sunday

January 24, 2014
For more information contact: 
Sue Brown
Director of Marketing & Community Relations, Catholic Education Office
Phone: 314.792.7304

This Sunday marks the beginning of Catholic Schools Week (January 26—February 1), a very special annual tradition for Catholic schools across the country. In the Archdiocese of St. Louis, each school will plan its own unique celebration, which may include special Masses, activities, and fun for students.

“Catholic Schools Week is always one of the most exciting weeks of the school year for us. We are never more alive in terms of celebrating who we are—Alive in Christ!—and giving thanks to all who support us every day,” said George Henry, Superintendant of Schools for the archdiocese. “In this year of celebration of the 250 anniversary of the City of St. Louis, we ask our patron, Saint Louis, to protect our people—our communities, our families, and especially our children.”

Most schools will host an Open House (1/26) to kick off the week. For a complete list of open houses, visit
Did you know?

  • Since 1950, the archdiocese has provided special education programs for students with multiple and/or severe disabilities, including cognitive processing deficits, attention disorders and autism spectrum disorders. We serve over 4,600 students who have one or more diagnosed disabilities.
  • Catholics built the first school in St. Louis in 1818—20 years  before the first public school.
  • The Archdiocese of St. Louis integrated our schools almost 10 years before Brown v. Board of Education.
  • 12% of our students are not Catholic.
  •  Our students score 20+ percentile points above the national average on the Iowa Test of Basic Skills.
  • 99+% of our high school students graduate on time.
  • 98% of our high school graduates enter college.
  • 1,156 “Alive in Christ” (AIC) scholarships were awarded in the amount of $2,810,225.00 for the 2013-14 school year. These scholarships were administered by the Today and Tomorrow Educational Foundation (TTEF) of the Archdiocese of St. Louis to fulfill needs-based tuition assistance to Catholic and non-Catholic families.

The observance of Catholic Schools Week began in 1974. This year marks the 40th anniversary of this annual event. Nationwide, about 2.1 million students are currently educated in more than 6,600 Catholic schools. An estimated 99% of students graduate from high school and 85% of graduates attend college.