D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program Report

October 24, 2012

Nineteen Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Washington are among the 52 schools where families in the District of Columbia are choosing to educate their children through the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program, according to recently released numbers by the D.C. Children & Youth Investment Trust Corporation (CYITC). The archdiocesan schools include 11 elementary schools and 8 middle and high schools, which include some honored by the U.S. Department of Education as National Blue Ribbon Schools.

The D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program is a federally funded K-12 scholarship program that has enabled thousands of children from low-income families in the District of Columbia to attend non-public schools within the District of Columbia. The program is a unique, three-sector partnership between school, civic and government leaders to strengthen all educational opportunities across the city, evenly dividing $60 million among public schools, charter schools and non-public schools.

“We are pleased to welcome returning Opportunity Scholarship students back to archdiocesan schools this academic year,” said Deacon Bert L’Homme, Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Archdiocese of Washington. “It is unfortunate that fewer children were able to be enrolled this year in the overall OSP program. It is our hope and expectation that the administrative issues that delayed the program’s implementation this summer will not be repeated next year so more children have the opportunity to receive a quality education and succeed in their lives.”

The D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program has given thousands of children the chance at a better education and a brighter future, regardless of the schools they choose. Families who have chosen to attend schools in the Archdiocese of Washington have done so because of the excellent academics, but also because the schools form young people of faith, educating the whole person.

To expand education opportunities to even more families, the Archdiocese of Washington awards over $5 million in tuition assistance to families each year. In addition to being affordable and accessible, our schools provide a strong educational foundation and rigorous academic programs steeped in Catholic identity.

The Archdiocese of Washington is home to over 600,000 Catholics, 140 parishes and 97 Catholic schools, located in Washington, DC and five Maryland counties: Calvert, Charles, Montgomery, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s.

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