I hope everyone had a relaxing Memorial Day weekend. I was out of town for a few days and am still making my way through all the news I missed.
One story that caught my eye was Sunday’s article about the growth in Catholic school enrollment across metro Atlanta.
Other large cities – Boston, Chicago and New York – have declines. Leaders have shut down schools and are trying to figure out what to do with vacant classrooms.
But the Archdiocese of Atlanta has more students than classrooms. Why? The archdiocese points to the large number of Hispanics and Northeast transplants who have moved to the area over the past several decades.
Parents say they are attracted to the faith-based environment. But they also point to the high ITBS and SAT scores found in the area’s Catholic schools.
The growth isn’t just in Catholic schools. Other faith-based programs have reported increases in recent years.
How much longer will this growth continue? What is next for the area’s Catholic schools?