Searching for a Catholic school in Tucson for your child or teen? You've come to the right place! We've put together a comprehensive guide to assist you in finding a school that is the right fit for your family.
A Catholic school is an education ministry of the Catholic Church. Catholic schools operate under the direct supervision of or in collaboration with a local diocese.
According to the Diocese of Tucson, there are an estimated 300,000+ Roman Catholics in the Tucson area (who are served by 78 parishes).
The core beliefs of the Catholic faith are found in the Nicene Creed, which states:
You can read the full Catechism of the Catholic Church here.
There are around fifteen Catholic schools in the Tucson metro area.
Like all private schools, Catholic schools each have unique admissions criteria. The admissions process may include academic assessments, student/parent interviews, and/or home visits. Private schools have the right to reject admission to students who they do not think are a strong fit for their school.
Each Catholic school will vary on this subject. Some schools will require that you provide evidence of baptism into the Catholic church. Other schools welcome families who are interested in a religious/moral education, regardless of their affiliation with the Catholic church. You can expect, however, that most Catholic schools will teach Catholic doctrines in the curriculum (religious courses, sacramental preparation, etc) or through various school events (mass, retreats, etc).
No. Private schools are not funded or operated by the government. Thus, Catholic schools are tuition-based.
Tuition for Catholic schools in Tucson ranges from $4,000-$15,000/year with the average being around $7,000 - $12,000/year, depending on the school and grade level. Most schools offer scholarships and financial aid. Parents can also seek out tax credit donations from family and friends, thanks to the innovative Arizona Tax Credit program.
Yes. We are so fortunate to live in Arizona where families can take part in the Tax Credit program, which allows taxpayers to direct their tax dollars to the tuition of individual students. These STOs (School Tuition Organizations) also offer scholarships of various kinds. For more information, we encourage you to attend an informational session through Catholic Tuition Support Organization (CTSO), Institute for Better Education (IBE), Arizona Tuition Connection, or other tax credit organizations of your choice.
It would also be wise to inquire at the school of your choice directly to see if they offer in-house scholarships or financial aid to qualifying families.
Many Tucson families utilize ESA funds from Empowerment Scholarship Accounts to pay for private school - including Catholic school. Although ESAs had been available to select groups (military, foster care, learning disabilities, etc) for a number of years, the ESAs were expanded to ALL Arizona families in 2022 with the passing of House Bill 2853!
This scholarship, which is open to any Arizona family, gives 90% of the state budget’s funds per student directly to families. The average amount is between $7000-$7800/year. Any student in grades K-12 can receive an ESA and parents can apply for an ESA year round. ESAs can be used to pay for private school tuition, home education, tutors, curriculum, therapies, and more. Learn more about applying for ESA.
In order to find a program that is a strong fit for your family, it is important to ask good questions at any tours or information meetings.
Here are ten questions you may want to ask prospective schools:
If you are considering enrolling in a Catholic school at the high school level, be sure to also ask for a copy of the School Profile, which is a one page sheet that includes information about the school's curriculum, community, and scholar accomplishments.
Great question! With around fifteen Catholic schools in Tucson, it’s hard to pinpoint just one. Each school has a unique community, curriculum, and focus.
The best way to find a Catholic school in Tucson is to ask friends and family members for recommendations. You can also check yelp and google reviews. Finally, don't be shy about scheduling tours at several different schools so that you can make an informed decision.
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