NY Times: Some Catholic schools retooling for the wealthy

Details:  Catholic schools have been bleeding enrollment and money for years, and many have been forced to close. But some, like St. Stephen of Hungary, on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, have found a way to thrive — attracting a more affluent clientele by offering services and classes more commonly found in expensive private schools. [Read More...]

Forbes: six Catholic universities in top 100, Notre Dame ranked highest

From Tony Spence at CNS:  Forbes magazine has issued its annual U.S. college and university rankings. Six Catholic schools made it into the top 100 out of the 650 schools listed this year. The colleges listed in the top 100 are University of Notre Dame,  No. 12; Boston College, No. 26; Georgetown University, No. 38; College [Read More...]

Hope: here’s a place where Catholic schools are booming

Welcome to Houston.  Details:  Little by little, Allison Cogburn embroidered her classroom walls with bold, bright letters in shocks of red, green, blue and yellow, with posters reiterating punctuation rules and parts of speech. On a shelf by the windows, rows of books beckoned, a reminder of the learning to come. On a table near the door, [Read More...]

No longer “Catholic”

In a rare and dramatic move, the Vatican has stripped a prestigious university of its right to call itself “Catholic.” Details:  The Vatican has announced it is stripping the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru of its Catholic identity after the elite university repeatedly refused to comply with the Church’s requirements for colleges. “The Holy See, [Read More...]

Wheaton College joins Catholic University in suing HHS

Yesterday, an evangelical college joined one of the most prominent Catholic colleges in America in filing suit against HHS.  In this morning’s Wall Street Journal, the presidents of the two schools published an opinion piece explaining why: On Wednesday, represented by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, the trustees of Wheaton College joined The Catholic [Read More...]

Report: Suri Cruise to attend NYC Catholic school

And — if reports are true — not just any parish school, either.  Details:  E! News has learned that Katie Holmes, who recentlysettled her divorce with Cruise and reportedly attained primary custody of the 6-year-old, has enrolled Suri in Manhattan’s prestigious Convent of the Sacred Heart school. And as if attending Catholic church isn’t enough of a change for [Read More...]

WSJ: Vouchers breathe new life into Catholic schools

How’s this for a little good news: Chicago Catholic elementary schools saw enrollment increase 3% this year and 1% last year—the first two-year growth spurt since 1965. Greater Boston elementary schools had a 2% bump—the first in 20 years. And Los Angeles, Indianapolis and Bridgeport, Conn., also added desks for the first time in years. [Read More...]

“You’re not special”: the ultimate commencement speech

From English teacher David McCullough, who offered these gems to the Wellesley High School graduating class in Boston: Your ceremonial costume… shapeless, uniform, one-size-fits-all. Whether male or female, tall or short, scholar or slacker, spray-tanned prom queen or intergalactic X-Box assassin, each of you is dressed, you’ll notice, exactly the same. And your diploma… but [Read More...]

Inspiration: one teen’s journey from homeless to Harvard

This just makes you sit up and go “Wow.”  Read on: Dawn Loggins returned from a prestigious academic camp last summer and discovered her parents had abandoned her. So she did the only thing she knew. She adjusted. She went to live with a friend’s mother. She took a part-time job as the custodian at [Read More...]

In Cleveland, religion classes get back to basics

Could this be the start of a trend? Let us pray. Details: Greater Cleveland’s 13,000 Catholic high school students are about to get a dose of old-time religion, heavily infused with New Testament gospels. Beginning next school year, theCleveland Catholic Diocese is introducing into the 21 high schools a new religion curriculum that will feature [Read More...]


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