Catholic school enrollment numbers rebounding in some of the largest dioceses, and the US overall

After a difficult 2020-2021 year for many Catholic schools, enrollment numbers are rebounding nationwide, according to data from the National Catholic Educational Association.

Overall, enrollment in Catholic schools in the U.S. is up from 1.63 million last year to 1.69 million this year, an increase of more than 3.5%, according to the NCEA.

Despite the increase, enrollment numbers do not appear to have yet reached 2019 levels, which saw 1.74 million students enrolled.

CNA also contacted the ten largest dioceses in the country by Catholic school enrollment to ask how their enrollment numbers this year compare with last year. The results that CNA received are plotted on the following map, and enumerated below.

Enrollment numbers for Los Angeles, New York, New Orleans, and Chicago for 2021-2022 were not immediately available.

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