Tallying high school grad success by college acceptances

Graduation at Catholic high schools in the Diocese of Tucson, Ariz.,  is being marked with a tally of not just how many students graduate, but how many are going on to college and how much money in scholarships and grants they’ve received.

Of the 448 graduates of the diocese’s six Catholic high schools, all but two — that’s not a misprint, two out of 448 — are going on to college, notes this story from The New Vision, the diocesan newspaper. The article also tallies the financial aid received by those 446 college-bound Arizonans — more than $14 million — and lists all the schools they will be attending across the country.

2 Responses

  1. My last full year as spiritual director at one of our diocesan high schools, 99% of our senior class were accepted to college and as a result this was the billboard campaign message in the city.

    I wish we had also highlighted the 1%, which represented one student, who did not go on immediately to college. He chose, correctly in my opinion, not to go to college as he was not ready for it. He chose instead to go to China to study the language and culture there and returned to the US better for it and ready for college. It was a much more courageous choice in many ways than the majority who chose college.

  2. That’s an interesting story, Father Mathis. I think that not all students are ready for college, and I would be interested to know what percentage of those 448 are still in college in two years. Some youths can be served well by gaining practical life experiences before heading off to college.

    I’m leery of the statistic that 448 out of 450 are headed to college. Surely there can be solid electricians, carpenters and the like who come out of Catholic high schools, and they should be encouraged to discern their true talents. I’ve known brilliant tradesmen as well as dim academics.

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