“My children grew this year in a way that was only possible with in-person learning. I couldn’t be happier with my Catholic school.”
Through our plan for instruction during the COVID-19 pandemic, Catholic schools in the Diocese of Grand Rapids have prioritized safe in-person learning throughout the entire 2020-21 school year, and have provided remote instruction in situations that require it.
Across the country and around the world, there have been concerns about learning loss in this time. In our alliance of Catholic schools, we’re seeing student growth. For example, on standardized assessments in fall 2020, eighth-graders in the Diocese of Grand Rapids achieved higher reading scores than 84% of the other dioceses and school districts taking this national assessment. In science, scores were better than 93% of other schools nationwide.
Due to the hard work, determination, careful preparation and perseverance on the part of school leaders, teachers, parents and students, instruction during the pandemic has been going very well! We’ve spent a lot of time planning and adjusting plans as necessary, to make sure our students are safe, cared for, and have faith-filled and exemplary academic opportunities.
Catholic schools in the Diocese of Grand Rapids are an alliance of 31 vibrant learning communities (26 elementary and five high schools) serving more than 6,000 preschool through 12th grade students throughout West Michigan. Our schools inspire young people to grow in Catholic faith and grace, achieve more in school and life, develop creativity and character, and feel welcomed and cherished for their unique gifts. We partner with parents to awaken the whole child to a world of light and life — that grows better and brighter when children reach their potential.