Maryland’s Catholic schools have served the state for two centuries, making them an integral part of its educational landscape. Today, Catholic schools educate nearly 50,000 students annually. By doing so, they save the state well over $700 million every year, contributing to the total taxpayer savings of over $1.4 billion dollars provided by all nonpublic schools statewide.
Catholic schools are also very ethnically, racially and economically diverse. On average, the Catholic school students in Maryland’s diocese are approximately 39% minority and several schools have a majority student population that are eligible for the federal free and reduced-price meal programs, a common indicator of low-income populations. Moreover, over 25% of children educated in Catholic schools are non-Catholic, with that figure often around 50% or more in urban areas.