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Diocese of Richmond Catholic schools continue to raise the standards

schoolspageAccording to the Cato Institute in its February 2012 report on schools, “One of the first things you learn when you start to study the comparative performance of school systems is this: on average, Catholic schools are much more educationally effective and vastly more efficient than state-run schools.”

Academically, Diocese of Richmond Catholic schools outpace their counterparts in nearly all categories. For example:

Higher Test Scores: Catholic schools score higher on standardized test scores.  A report by the National Center for Education Statistics shows that in science alone, 8th graders in Catholic schools scored 11 points higher than their public school counterparts in 2011.  Within the Richmond Diocese, our schools consistently rank in the top 9% on standardized tests.

Higher SAT Scores: SAT scores published by the U.S. Department of Education show a steady decline in test scores over the last six years with mathematics scores falling by 6 points and writing falling by 8 points since 2006.  By contrast, SAT scores for Richmond Catholic Diocesan schools continue to grow with an average score of 1659, in 2015, compared with the Virginia average of 1523 and the national average of 1462.

Higher Graduation Rates: Diocese of Richmond Catholic schools maintain a 99% graduation rate.  The U.S. average, according to the National Center for Higher Education, is 75.5%.

More Graduates Attend Four-Year Colleges: The percentage of seniors attending a four-year college is higher among Catholic school students (84.9%) compared to other religious schools (61.3%) and other private schools (57.2%).  In the Diocese of Richmond, in 2015, over 95% of our graduates are attending four-year colleges.

More College Scholarships: Over $22 million in scholarships and grants were offered to 268 high school seniors graduating from Richmond Diocesan Catholic schools.


sacsIn June 2006, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACSCASI) officially recognized the school system of the Catholic Diocese of Richmond as a “district”. This is an important distinction for the Catholic schools of the Diocese and achieving this distinction is commendable.  District accreditation underscores SACSCASI recognition of current levels of educational excellence within these Catholic schools.  It also presents a comprehensive and unified vision for future excellence within this consortium of Catholic schools.

The College Board 2014 Advanced Placement report recognized the Catholic Diocese of Richmond as an honor roll district, for raising achievement on AP examinations while increasing access to the courses.


Percentage of high school graduates who attend a four-year college

Diocese of Richmond Schools 95.1%
Catholic Schools 84.9%
Other Religious Schools 61.3%
Other Private Schools 57.2%
Public Schools 44.1%

National Catholic Education Association, 2010

2015 SAT Scores

Diocese of Richmond average 1659
Virginia average 1523
National average 1462