The Catholic school difference.

Catholic schools have the mission and freedom to educate the whole child, going above and beyond academic requirements to guide a student’s intellectual, spiritual, physical and moral formation.

Families are drawn to Catholic schools for the highly-qualified teachers and excellent academic preparation, but also for the less tangible gifts they provide to students: A sense of accountability, the knowledge that they are being looked out for, and an understanding of the value of serving others.

The impact of our Catholic schools is profound. We can all help in forming students who are strong in their faith, who willingly serve the needs of others and reflect the goodness and beauty of Our Lord.

Carol Herman, CSEF board vice chair

An option for all families.

Catholic schools appeal to and embrace all kinds of families, offering a faith-based education that is open and inclusive of all religions, races and cultures. If a family desires a Catholic education for their child, it is the Catholic Schools Endowment Foundation’s (CSEF) mission to help them attain it.

Students in Catholic elementary schools in the Archdiocese of Portland/Western Oregon:

Students in Catholic high schools in the Archdiocese of Portland/Western Oregon:

Enabling all students to thrive.

Among other benefits, Catholic schooling may have a positive effect on student self-discipline, regardless of demographic factors such as family income level. An analysis of national student data by University of Southern California-Santa Barbara researchers determined that:

Students in Catholic schools are less likely to act out or be disruptive than those in public or other private schools. They argue, fight, get angry, act impulsively, and disturb ongoing activities less frequently.

They exhibit more self-control than those in public or other private schools. They are more likely to control their temper, respect others’ property, accept their fellow students’ ideas, and handle peer pressure.

Source: “Self-Discipline and Catholic Schools: Evidence from Two National Cohorts,” Thomas B. Fordham Institute, May 2018