The Catholic New Service has posted a News Brief reporting on a study conducted by Loyola Marymount University's School of Education in Los Angeles. The study focused on a group of Catholic school students in the Los Angeles area, all of whom received tuition funding from the Catholic Education Foundation of the Los Angeles Archdiocese between 2001 and 2005.
100% of the 603 eighth grade students followed in the study continued on to ninth grade. Furthermore, an almost unbelievable 98% on the 205 ninth graders in 2001-02 graduated in 2005. (The comparable public school 4-year graduation rate was 64%.)
The 205 students selected for the high school study were considered “at risk” because of low socioeconomic status. Many were under the care of guardians, had incarcerated parents, lived in shelters and came from abusive family situations.