“Catholic schools are centers for the New Evangelization for families of a variety of socio-economic backgrounds and diverse cultures,” said Bishop Joseph P. McFadden of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. “The unique atmosphere of our Catholic schools is a space and place where the New Evangelization can reach out to parents and children in a way that is respectful of the human person, presents the teachings of the Church, and supports family life.”
The theme for the National Catholic Schools Week 2013 is “Catholic Schools Raise the Standards.” The annual observance starts the last Sunday in January and runs all week, which in 2013 is January 27 to February 2.
The 2013 theme supports the recent launch of the National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools, that ensure the effective operation and responsible governance Catholic schools across the country, thus promoting high academic standards and Catholic identity. The logo designed for the week illustrates a chart of steady growth culminating in the highest achievement of all, a cross representing the faith that underscores all Catholic education.
Catholic schools in the U.S. educate over 2 million students every day. There are 151,395 teachers in over 6,841 K-12 schools. Supported by the Church, parents and other supporters, the schools provide an alternative educational system for Americans across all socio-economic levels.
Bishop McFadden, in a statement to commemorate Catholic Schools Week, available at http://www.usccb.org/beliefs-and-teachings/how-we-teach/catholic-education/catholic-schools-week-parents-choice-for-the-new-evangelization.cfm