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Annual Observance Scheduled for January 30 through February 5

Chicago, IL (January 27, 2011) - Catholic Schools Week begins Sunday, January 30.  The theme selected for this year’s observance is A+ for America.  This annual, nationwide celebration, sponsored by the National Catholic Educational Association, will feature local school activities including special Masses, open houses and visits from civic representatives and Archdiocesan officials, including Sr. Mary Paul McCaughey, O.P., Superintendent of Catholic Schools.

“Whether a three year old preschool novice or an experienced eighteen year old senior, a student in the Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Chicago has the right to expect a community of faith committed to academic excellence and loving service,” said Sr. McCaughey.  “With God's grace and our own hard work, our schools deliver abundantly.”

As the largest diocesan school system in the nation, with 256 elementary and high schools serving nearly 88,000 students, schools across the Archdiocese of Chicago will celebrate the fact that their graduates make a positive contribution to American society. 

In Chicago and Cook and Lake counties, Catholic schools are “a plus” by:

  • Educating students whose ACT and TerraNova Standardized Test results exceed the national average in all major categories
  • Achieving the most US Department of Education Blue Ribbon Awards of any school system in the nation
  • Saving taxpayers an estimated $1 billion annually
  • Employing over 8,000 educators
  • Graduating, at a 98% rate, young men and women who are prepared through their faith and scholarship for college and beyond.

Current information about Catholic Schools Week activities is included on the Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic Schools Facebook page,

Families who may be thinking about a Catholic school for their children are invited to visit the Catholic Schools’ website at: where they can locate schools and learn more about what Catholic schools offer.

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