Schools seek strategies to up enrollment

Students take a morning break at Bishop McLaughlin Catholic High School in Spring Hill, Fla., in May 2015. (Newscom/Zuma Press/Brendan Fitterer)

While the national trend in Catholic school enrollment is declining, according to a report by the National Catholic Educational Association, schools in some states have countered the trend, including in Florida and Nebraska, by increasing scholarship opportunities and Hispanic enrollment.

The association's annual report shows a 19.9 percent decline in enrollment since 2005 of students in Catholic schools. Nationally, grade schools have been most impacted by enrollment decline.

The national association counts 1,939,574 students enrolled in Catholic schools in 2014-15 — about 1.36 million in elementary schools and about 580,000 in secondary schools.

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A version of this story appeared in the Feb. 26-March 10, 2016 print issue under the headline: "Schools seek strategies to up enrollment" .

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