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NH Catholic School Enrollment Surges for Second Straight Year

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DECEMBER 1, 2021                    

NH Catholic School Enrollment Surges for Second Straight Year
Parents cite a desire for God in the classroom, traditional academics

(MANCHESTER, NH) – The Diocese of Manchester announced today that 214 new students enrolled in its 18 diocesan schools during the period July 1, 2021, to September 1, 2021, for a total of 3,692 enrolled students statewide. That is a 6.2% increase from the 3,427 students it had in the previous academic year.

“This is a resurgence in an interest in Catholic education across the state,” said Alison Mueller, Director of Marketing, Enrollment, and Development for Catholic schools. “We believe that parents are the primary educators of their children, and we serve to partner with them in that education and formation. This type of message resonates with parents.” 

In a recent survey distributed by the Catholic Schools Office, respondents indicated that a desire for God in the classroom, traditional academics, and family values were key reasons for enrolling their children this year. 

“Parents want to know that when they send their child to school each day, they are in a safe and joyful place. The pandemic disrupted the educational system in 2020 and since then, I think parents have become more invested in ensuring the best outcomes and educational options for their children. More families are realizing they do, in fact, have options,” Superintendent of Schools, David Thibault said. 

The summer of 2020 marked the first wave of enrollment growth in NH Catholic schools, when the launch of a new Transfer Incentive Program, and commitment to in-person learning, yielded nearly 500 new students. Eighty percent of those students that made the switch to Catholic schools are still enrolled, many stating it is the best decision they’ve ever made.

For more information about Catholic schools in the Diocese of Manchester, please visit www.nhcatholicschool.com

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The Diocese of Manchester is the Roman Catholic Church in New Hampshire, serving the needs of nearly 235,000 Catholics. For more information, please visit www.catholicnh.org/overview