A quote from wise people like Norman Douglas: If you want to see what children can do, you must stop giving them things. Catholic schools tend to have stronger sense of community, high academic standards and a committed faculty. Students are discipline and orderly. Academic achievement is notable among all students, minorities and non-minorities. Catholic schools are maintained parochial schools or education ministries of the Catholic Church. As of 2011 the church operates the world’s largest non-governmental school system. Catholic schools participate in the evangelizing mission of the church, integrating religious education as the core subject within their curriculum. Catholic schools are very distinctive from their public school counterparts in that they aim to focus on the development of individuals as practitioners of the Catholic faith. The leaders, teachers and students are required to focus on four fundamental rules initiated by the Church and school. This includes the Catholic identity of the school, education in regards to life and faith, celebration of life and faith, and action and social justice.
In 1990, RAND (RAND Corporation is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decision making through research and analysis) study of Catholic schools and public schools in New York City that has stood the test of time highlights the educational outcomes. The result was that Catholic high schools graduated 95% of their students each year; the public schools graduated only slightly 50% of their senior classes. More 66% of the Catholic school graduates received the New York Regents diploma; only about 5% of the public school students received that distinction. Catholic school students achieved an average combined SAT I score of 803; the average combined SAT I score for public school students was 642 and 60% of African-American Catholic students scored above the national average for African-American students on the SAT I; less than 30% of public school African-American students scored the above average. Even when the selectivity bias of leaving the worst-performing and worst-behaved students in public school was taken into account, African-American and Hispanic students attending urban Catholic schools are more than twice as likely to graduate from college as their counterparts in public schools.
The expensive cost and necessity to obtain high salary level is contributing to the difficulty of maintain Catholic schools. This is especially a challenge for the church commitment of the “preferential education of the poor.” Many Catholic schools in the United States in inner America which has traditionally served the most in are continuously being force to close at an increasing rate. This may be seen as contradicting the Catholic school principles as it does not live up to its reality. The preferential services to the poor serve a problem when there is a clear distinction that wealthier Catholic schools receive better resources and are more privileged than those in areas of low-income. This today is being experience in Latin America and other national settings where financial constraints in serving the poor is not being undertaken as state aid or subsidy are not being available to the Catholic schools.