The Roman Catholic 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

The Office of Catechesis supports all 139 parishes of the archdiocese in providing faith formation opportunities to adults, youth, and children as they grow in their relationship with Christ and His Church.  In addition to over 20,000 young people K-8 who participate in parish faith formation programs, the Office for Catechesis supports the Christian Initiation of approximately 1,000 adults and youth received into the Church every year at the Easter Vigil.

Please contact the Office of Catechesis  for more information.

Catholic Schools

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.

Please contact the Catholic Schools Office for more information.

Catholic Schools Strategic Plan

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.

2021-2022 Catholic Schools Data Profile

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.