Chicago Catholic schools receive enrollment bump during COVID-19 pandemic

Chicago Catholic schools receive enrollment bump thanks to COVID-19 pandemic
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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) — Enrollment in the Chicago Catholic school system is on the rise and up to its highest level in more than 25 years.

The Archdiocese of Chicago’s 157 schools saw an overall enrollment increase of 7% in the past year.

The increase is due to a number of parents switching their children from public to Catholic school last year when public schools were still doing remote learning and Catholic schools were successfully doing in-person learning.

According to Crain’s Chicago Business, new school Supt. Greg Richmond will be trying to build on that growth as well as try to make Catholic schools a more attractive option as well as more affordable.

Richmond told Crain’s he’s looking at offering International Baccalaureate programs at more elementary schools than the one that has the program now.

Richmond said he also plans to push the state legislature to renew and expand the Invest in Kids Scholarship Tax Credit program.