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.
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, more than 25% of children educated in Catholic schools are non-Catholic, with that figure often around 50% or more in urban areas.