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Catholic School Statistics

The following statistics are from Catholic schools in Arkansas. For national statistics, visit the National Catholic Education Association.


Schools: 27


Total Enrollment: 6,706

  • Percentage of Catholic Students: 77
  • Percentage of non-Catholic Students: 23
  • Percentage of White Students: 88.9
  • Percentage of Hispanic Students: 15.1*
  • Percentage of Asian Students: 3.7
  • Percentage of Black Students: 1.6
  • Percentage of Two or More Races: 4.6

The remaining students are Native American, from the Pacific island region or unknown. *Hispanic is not considered a race but an ethnic group.


Total Elementary Enrollment: 4,836


Total Secondary Enrollment: 1,870


Total Enrollment in Preschools: 734


Total Professional Staff: 635

  • Percentage of Staff who are Laypeople: 96.8
  • Percentage of Staff who are Catholic: 77.3
  • Percentage of Staff who are non-Catholic: 22.7

Average annual cost of educating one child in elementary school: $5,802


Average Tuition Rate for Elementary School:

  • First Catholic child: $3,711
  • Non-Catholic first child: $5,178

    Average annual cost of educating one child in secondary school:

    • Catholic High School (boys): $6,258
    • Mount St. Mary Academy (girls): $12,503

    Average tuition rate for secondary Catholic school (includes Catholic High School and Mount St. Mary Academy):

    • Catholic: $6,336
    • Non-Catholic: $7,382

    Average tuition rate for Subiaco Academy (boys):

    • Residential Day Students: $8,000
    • Residential Boarding Students: $22,000 - $35,300

    Oldest school: Mount St. Mary Academy in Little Rock, established in 1851


    Terra Nova National Achievement Test Spring 2017

    All Catholic schools in the Diocese of Little Rock administer the Terra Nova National Achievement Test in grades 1-8 each year. Any score above the 50th percentile is above average. The following lists the results for Arkansas Catholic schools from the spring 2017:

    Grade Total Battery
    1 83
    2 81
    3 77
    4 83
    5 81
    6 83
    7 86
    8 88

    ACT Test 2017

    The following shows the average test scores of Catholic school graduates verses public school graduates in Arkansas:

    Subject Arkansas Average Catholic Schools Average
    English 18.9 25.5
    Math 19 23.2
    Reading 19.7 25.3
    Science 19.5 23.7
    Composite 19.4 24.5