Catholic School Enrollment Surges After COVID-19 Lockdowns 

Since public schools locked down during the COVID-19 pandemic, enrollment in Catholic schools in the United States has risen for the first time in two decades. According to the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA), enrollment has increased by 3.8 percent, or 62,000 students, in Catholic elementary and secondary schools since last year.  

Porter-Magee, also an adjunct fellow at the Manhattan Institute, observed that Catholic schools were established in America 150 years ago when overt anti-Catholic bigotry led to the subsidization of schools by Catholic parishes. 

Children acclimated to attending brick-and-mortar schools struggled to keep up academically, socially, and emotionally as the shutdowns endured. 

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