Schools Primary Trends Challenges and Outlook | Spring 2006


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NCEA commissioned CARA to conduct this research to obtain a comprehensive picture of the present status of U.S. Catholic elementary schools. The research substantiates that there is clearly a demand for the schools: parents whose children are enrolled are generally pleased with the school and quality religious education was ranked first in importance by parents when choosing a Catholic school. Demographic shifts—“people moved and the schools didn’t”—have proven to be the most critical reason for enrollment losses and school closures