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Myths & Facts About Catholic Schools

Myth: Only Catholics can attend Catholic schools.

Fact: All families from all faith backgrounds are welcome and celebrated at Catholic schools. Non-Catholic children are welcome to participate in all prayer and worship opportunities.

Myth: Catholic schools only accept academically gifted, special needs or at-risk students.

Fact: Catholic schools accept all children regardless of their academic ability and provide meaningful instruction so all children can succeed. Children who are gifted and challenged all have a place within a Catholic school.

Myth: Catholic schools are expensive and only for the wealthy, and there is no financial aid available.

Fact: Catholic schools welcome all families regardless of economic status. The average cost to educate a student in a Catholic school is between $6,000-$8,000. The cost to educate a student in the public school is between $10,000-$14,000. Private school tuition ranges between $15,000-$25,000. Catholic education has a success rate of 89%-100% for graduation and college acceptance and does so at a fraction of the cost of both private and public schools. Many Catholic schools offer tuition assistance through 3rd party foundations or through Diocesan grants.

Myth: Catholic schools do not hire qualified teachers.

Fact: All Bay Area Dioceses require that teachers have a CA teaching credential or be enrolled in a credential program at time of hire. All St. Finn Barr classroom teachers have current CA Credentials. A large percentage of all teachers in the Catholic school network possess MA degrees. 

Myth: Catholic schools refuse to rank schools based on standardized test scores.

Fact: Catholic schools test students in the Fall (September), in order to determine areas for growth. The public schools test students in the Spring (April/May) in order to assess successful completion of grade level. Catholic schools use data to improve and challenge the curriculum. Test scores for the diocese highlight students who annually score above grade level.