Frequently Asked Questions
How is tuition set?
Per student tuition in the Archdiocese of Atlanta is closely tied to the per student cost to educate (tuition covers about 80-85% of the cost). While the cost to educate a student is fairly consistent across the country, in other dioceses the gap between the cost to educate and tuition is made up by the parish, in some locations as much as 40% of the cost. In the Archdiocese of Atlanta, most parishes, not just those with schools, are assessed a school subsidy of approximately 11.5% of ordinary income. These funds are earmarked for financial aid and repayment of the debt on the five schools opened in 1999-2000, not for operational expenses.
What types of financial assistance are available?
Sources of financial aid include GRACE Scholars (www.gracescholars.org), archdiocesan block grant to schools, local school financial aid and scholarships. In 2017-2018, approximately $9 million in tuition assistance has been awarded to qualified families. More detailed information on each of these sources of aid is available through the local school admission’s office.
Do schools publish student performance on standardized tests?
Following the guidance of the National Catholic Education Association (NCEA), archdiocesan Catholic schools do not post standardized test scores. Standardized test scores, as used by archdiocesan schools, are administered for the purpose of analyzing individual student growth and informing instructional decisions and are not intended to be a measure of overall school quality. Archdiocesan average test scores may be found on the Office of Catholic Schools’ website.
How do I apply to work in an archdiocesan Catholic School?
All hiring is conducted by the building principal. Interested applicants may visit the Office of Catholic Schools page on employment for more information, but should apply directly to the school of interest.