Who We Serve
Since its inception in 1987, the Catholic Education Foundation has made over 118,500 tuition awards to students for a total amount of over $119 million including the $5.1 million for almost 8,400 students in the 2010-2011 school year. These tuition awards have also had a tremendously positive impact on the schools and their surrounding neighborhoods. In fact, many of the urban Catholic schools in the L.A. Archdiocese would cease to exist without CEF tuition support.
The Archdiocese and the Department of Catholic Schools rank the 225 elementary schools based on the finances of the school and the families served. The CEF helps students in 147 of these schools that are most in need. Proportionally, CEF provides a greater number of tuition awards to 50 schools that are serving the poorest populations, primarily in the inner-city areas of the three-county Archdiocese. In 2007, CEF opened up program awards to students attending Pre-K to encourage enrollment; studies indicate students who have attended Pre-K are better prepared for kindergarten and beyond. Also, attracting Pre-K students to the schools encourages continued enrollment.
There are 49 high schools in the Archdiocese, including 24 private schools run by religious orders. The Archdiocese and the Department of Catholic Schools rank these schools according to need. There are 11 subsidized high schools and CEF grants proportionally more tuition awards to students at those schools. In total, students at 37 (this includes all programs) high schools are supported by the CEF, 30 of which are administered by the Archdiocese and 7 which are private, but assist a particularly financially deserving population.
Thousands of children in the Los Angeles area live at or below the poverty level, so tuition payments at a Catholic school are beyond their reach. Catholic schools offer these children a safe and nurturing environment with rigorous academic programs.
We provide tuition awards to children attending parish elementary schools from grades pre-K through 8 and Archdiocesan high schools and meet the financial guidelines.
"Education is integral to the mission of the Church to proclaim the Good News... Indeed, everything possible must be done, in cooperation with the wider community, to ensure that they (Catholic schools) are accessible to people of all social and economic strata. No child should be denied his or her right to an education in faith, which in turn nurtures the soul of a nation."
– Pope Benedict, April 2008 Meeting with Catholic Educators