Catholic students and graduates of the Archdiocese of Washington are ambassadors for their faith to our community and our nation. The “honor roll” of Catholic school graduates from the archdiocese includes an Olympic gold medalist, best-selling author and journalist, a space shuttle astronaut, Supreme Court justices, and countless business and community leaders.

Catholic Education by the Numbers

Archdiocese of Washington Catholic Schools

93 Catholic Schools

26,254 students

2,568 full-time professional staff

38% of 2nd through 8th grade students performed above average in math

47% of 2nd through 8th grade students performed above average in reading


Making Catholic Education Affordable for All

6 million in tuition assistance for the 2017-18 school year

4,894 elementary school students received tuition assistance

1,727 high school students received archdiocesan tuition assistance

408,021,421 combined taxpayer dollars saved by Catholic schools in Maryland and D.C.

$947,200 provided to 476 students attending Catholic schools through the Maryland BOOST scholarship

$6,723,811 provided to 673 students in Washington, D.C. from the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program (OSP).


Religious Education

23,570 students in parish religious education and youth ministry programs taught by

2,254 catechist teachers

2,000 catechists serve in adult faith formation, Rite of Christian Initian of Adults, marriage preparation and Baptism preparation.

Serving Others – A Pillar of Catholic Education

Archbishop Carroll High School in Washington, D.C.

The annual Thanksgiving food drive is believed to be one of the largest student organized food collections in the country. In 2017, the students at the school collected and distributed about 25,000 pounds of food to more than 300 families.

Saint Martin of Tours School, Gaithersburg, MD

Eighth grade students dedicate their time to feeding the hungry and giving drink to the thirsty at the Lord’s Table Soup Kitchen, located in Saint Martin’s church hall, on the fourth Wednesday of every month. The parish also operates a food pantry that distributes food every Monday, and the school hosts a large food drive for the pantry every year. In 2017, the school collected about 14,000 cans to donate to the food pantry.

Read more stories of these inspiring “ambassadors for their faith” to our community and our nation in Catholic Impact

Dynamic Academic Programs

Don Bosco Cristo Rey High School, a coed Catholic High school, cosponsored by the Archdiocese and the Salesians of Don Bosco, helps students work toward their dreams by participating in its Innovative Corporate Work Study Program, the only one of its kind in the Washington area. At Cristo Rey, students fro low-income families are able to work one day a week at leading businesses and institutions to gain professional experience.

In Washington, D.C. the four schools of the archdiocese’s Consortium of Catholic Academies provide a beacon of hope to families in their neighborhoods. Consortium students have strong test scores and graduation rates – 100% of 8th graders graduate on time and 91% were accepted to a Catholic, private, or magnet high school in the Washington area.

Learn more about the dynamic academic programs at schools in the archdiocese here.

Making Catholic Education Accessible for All

The Catholic Coalition for Special Education (CCSE) supports the creation and expansion of special education instruction and programs in Washington and Maryland. The non-profit organization provides seed grants for Catholic schools to hire special education teachers and to purchase specialized classroom equipment, as well as tuition assistant grants to encourage teachers to pursue advanced degrees in special education. The organization also provides technical assistance through professional development workshops for school administrators and teachers, and as well as support and advocacy for families of children with disabilities.

Learn more about this program here.