A Vision For the Future of Catholic Education

It’s time to change the game.  Catholic schools have been always been a part of life in Colorado, but our schools must adapt to the changing world so that they do not merely remain open, but thrive.  Beginning with a symposium in October 2015, leaders in Catholic education began to develop a plan for the future of the schools of the Archdiocese of Denver.  From that meeting, came a new vision of renewal.  The Catholic schools of our Archdiocese must continue to be vibrant communities of academic, social, and spiritual excellence.  Our schools must be on mission, dedicated to forming intentional disciples of Jesus Christ.  Our schools must be excellent in every way, with superior academics, faith formation, and governance.  All Catholic schools must be accessible to all who desire an education in Gospel values, regardless of socioeconomic status or geography.  Finally, our schools must be sustainable for the future, ensuring the presence of a Catholic education to the families of northern Colorado for generations to come.  The good produced by Catholic schools is undeniable, and their impact on forming our children is irreplaceable.  For all these reasons, our schools are worthy of the investment of time, talent, and treasure.

Below is a snapshot of what we’ve been working on the last few years.

October 5-6, 2015

Denver Catholic School Symposium

Nearly 200 teachers, principals, pastors and archdiocesan leaders gathered with Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila at the Radisson Denver Southeast Oct. 5-6 for a two-day symposium to discuss the challenges currently facing Catholic schools in northern Colorado. The discussions focused on three key areas: “forming disciples, filling desks and fundraising dollars.”

February 6, 2016

Worthy of the Name

Any entity or mission that can accurately describe itself as Catholic must accept their responsibility as stewards of something that Christ himself founded. The Archdiocese of Denver takes the stewardship of the title “Catholic Schools,” and the families we serve, as a sacred honor that currently requires some refining action.

January 26, 2017

Worthy of the Investment

The future of these institutions of love and learning is threatened. There is a need in the Archdiocese of Denver to change the way we support the treasure of Catholic education. In Worthy of the Name, we outlined four critical areas in which the combined efforts of our archdiocese will transform our schools, helping them to be truly worthy of the name Catholic.

February 21, 2018

Variable Tuition Program

A key aspect of our efforts to fill our classrooms and make a transformative Catholic education more accessible to more families has been the creation of a revised funding plan featuring a new tuition Program where a family’s tuition is based on its financial position. The Variable Tuition Program is voluntary for families and will start in a limited number of schools in the 2018-19 academic year.