Watch: Back to School 2023 | Why are more families choosing a Catholic education?

It’s back to school across the Diocese of Lansing with more and more families choosing a Catholic education for their children. But why? Watch this short film featuring Saint Thomas the Apostle Catholic School in Ann Arbor where enrollment has risen by approximately 70% in the past five years.

“For the majority of parents, when they're choosing this school, they're choosing it because they know there's going to be a solidity, they know when they take their kid here there's going to be a match between what their kid is receiving at school and the kind of formation that the parents want to give their kid at home,” says Saint Thomas’ headmaster, Michael Sauter, August 22, Feast of the Queenship of Mary.

Saint Thomas the Apostle is just one of 36 Catholic schools within the Diocese of Lansing that are spread across 10 counties. That includes four regional high schools. In total, diocesan schools educate over 8,000 students.

Last year, Catholic schools across the Diocese of Lansing recorded year-on-year growth in student numbers for the first time in more than two decades with enrollment growing by 8% over those two years. Deo gratias. This year it looks like student numbers may well be up again. Deo volente.

“In today's society the public schools are putting a lot of other things into education that my husband and I don't necessarily agree with or believe in,” says Christina Nemshick, a parent at Saint Thomas the Apostle Catholic School.

“We just don't want our children to be in that sort of environment without our permission or knowing what's being taught in school. So, it was another reason why we chose the Catholic education.”

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