Catholic high school preparing to welcome students in Tontitown

Posted: November 26, 2017 at 1:06 a.m.

NWA Democrat-Gazette/DAVID GOTTSCHALK John Rocha, Ozark Catholic Academy's head of school, sits in a classroom Nov. 17 on the campus of the school at the Religious Education Center at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Tontitown. The academy is the area's first Catholic high school and is preparing to open next fall. The academy signed a five-year lease for use of the education center.

Northwest Arkansas' only Catholic high school has a location. Now it just needs students and faculty to fill the classrooms.

NWA Democrat-Gazette/DAVID GOTTSCHALK John Rocha, Ozark Catholic Academy's head of school, sets up a classroom Nov. 17 on the campus of the school at ...

Arkansas’ Catholic High Schools

Ozark Catholic Academy will become the sixth Catholic school in Arkansas that serves the high school level. Here are the other five.

• St. Joseph School (Conway)

• Catholic High School for Boys (Little Rock)

• Mount St. Mary Academy (Little Rock)

• Sacred Heart School (Morrilton)

• Subiaco Academy (Subiaco)

Source: Staff report

Catholic schools

The following is national data for the current school year.

Enrollment

1,878,824 Total Catholic school student enrollment

1,309,429 Enrolled in elementary/middle school

569,395 Enrolled in secondary schools

20.7 percent Students are racial minorities

16.8 percent Student are Hispanic/Latin

18.4 percent Non-Catholic enrollment, or 345,327 students

Schools

5,224 Elementary schools

1,205 Secondary schools

20 New schools opened

96 Consolidated or closed*

1,739 Schools with a waiting list for admission

Professional staff

152,883 Full-time equivalent professional staff

97.4 percent Laity — Lay women 75.3 percent, Lay men: 22.1 percent

2.6 percent Religious/Clergy —Sisters: 1.6 percent; Brothers: 0.5 percent; Clergy: 0.5 percent

12:1 Student/teacher ratio

*Reported number of schools closed includes some that consolidated and re-opened as new entities.

Source: National Catholic Educational Association

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