Catholic Schools

AppleCatholic schools in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis operate as an extension of the family to unite faith and educational excellence through Gospel values, high educational standards, prayer and sacraments.

The schools accomplish this educational mission through the responsible use of resources generously shared by parents, faculty, parishioners and the larger community.

There are 68 Catholic schools in the archdiocese; 56 are elementary schools (26 in Marion County) and 11 are high schools (7 in Marion County). Seven of the high schools are interparochial and four are private.

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  • The schools enroll 21,366 students (2019-20)
  • 2,231 dedicated people staff the schools 
  • Of these, 38 are clergy and religious; 2,283 are lay professionals.
  • All elementary schools have before-school and/or after-school extended care programs. 
  • The four Indianapolis Notre Dame ACE Academies serve more than 1,100 students: 25% minority, 39% non-Catholic and approximately 91.4% qualified for Federal Free/Reduced Lunch Programs
  • 56 schools have preschool or daycare programs 
  • Catholic schools in the archdiocese cost over $110 million per year to operate and save Indiana taxpayers over $250 million each year
  • The graduation rate for 11 Catholic high schools is 99% (4-year cohort)
  • 22 National Blue Ribbons have been earned by schools in the archdiocese since 2003 on the No Child Left Behind Blue Ribbon School program 
  • A total of 26 schools in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis have earned 32 Blue Ribbons since 1985, the most by any diocese in the nation
  • ISTEP+ scores are higher than the state average at every grade level
  • Among our students taking ISTEP+ tests in 2018, 89.9% passed English/Language Arts and 90.1% passed Mathematics compared to 80.0% and 83.1% respectively of public school students tested in the state.
  • A new law in 2011 allowed state vouchers to be used in private schools. In 2019, 8,434 students received a state voucher generating $38.9 million to tuition help for families

The Schools Team of the Office of Catholic Schools provides guidance, support, training, and processes for curriculum development, assessment, school accreditation and improvement, special education, institutional advancement, school safety, administrative employment and leadership development for school administrators.

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