The Archdiocese of Washington has a long and faith-filled history of passing on Christ’s Gospel from generation to generation through Catholic education, which has brought hope to tens of thousands of lives. Our Catholic schools and parish religious education programs instill Catholic values that will stay with our young people throughout their entire lives.
Religious education programs in parishes and schools are a central aspect of the Church’s responsibility to teach the faith. More than 1,100 adults in the archdiocese are received into the Church every year at the Easter Vigil and over 20,000 young people receive religious education from almost 3,000 parish catechist. In addition, ongoing faith formation is an essential component of membership in the Church, supporting adults in their search to become more faith filled disciples and full participants in the life of the Church.
Ninety-two Catholic schools across the archdiocese bring Christ’s love, alongside an academically excellent education, to thousands of young people every day. Students learn to respect others, develop a sense of community, and carry out the mission of care and service, just as Jesus did.
The Catholic Schools Office invested two years in preparing and creating the final strategic plan. A first for archdiocesan schools, this plan was developed by archdiocesan leaders working in subcommittees, including principals, pastors, teachers, and board of education members. The process provided opportunities, throughout the process, to engage stakeholders for a comprehensive plan.
The Strategic Data Profile is a resource of aggregate data that reflects each pillar of Catholic education. As the capacity for the use of data work grows within the Archdiocese of Washington schools, so does the need for resources and tools available for school leaders and the public.