The Plan to Save Catholic Schools

In Thursday’s Wall Street Journal, Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York outlined some trends in Catholic schools both in New York City and across the country.  The news is both good and bad. He notes that since 2000, Catholic school enrollment is down 23.4% (that’s 621,583 students!). This is, indeed, very sad for those students and their families. 

Just coming off Catholic Schools Week, the good news is that Catholic schools continue to provide the best education in Tulsa, in Oklahoma, and in this country. Here are some great stats:

  • Each year Catholic schools save this country more than $20 billion
  • 99% of Catholic High School students graduate
  • 84% of Catholic High School students graduate from a 4 year college
  • Catholic schools employ 151,395 teachers in 6,841 schools

So what about Bishop Kelley High School?  We have seen a drop in enrollment since a high point of 950 students in 2001 but things are looking up.  Here’s a few stats about BK:

  • 825 students from 31 different middle schools and 50 zip codes
  • A 99% graduate rate
  • 14 National Merit Semi-finalists this year (30 in the last 3 years)
  • 54 AP Scholars in 2012
  • 100% pass rate on the Calculus AB, Calculus BC, European History, and Studio Art AP exams
  • 12:1 teacher/student ratio
  • Just this year we’ve received 10 new transfer students
  • Outstanding academics, arts, and athletics including 40 clubs and organizations for our students 
  • Students volunteered 39,000 hours to the Tulsa community
  • Mass on campus every day
  • 22 retreats offered for students over all four year
  • Much, much more!

What’s going to save Catholic schools? Excellence in everything we do! Here at Bishop Kelley High School, we’re striving for the highest standards to provide the Catholic, Lasallian education our students deserve.


About Rev. Brian O'Brien

Priest of the Diocese of Tulsa and President of Bishop Kelley High School in Tulsa, OK.
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