He said 25 percent of students in the Diocese of Orlando are in the state of Florida's Step Up tax credit scholarship program. Of those 25 percent, 727 graduated in 2016, a graduation rate of 100 percent with a 99 percent placement in college or the military.
The superintendent touted the schools' higher-than-average school scores on college entrance exams and student tests.
President Trump, repeating a campaign phrase, said education is "the civil rights issue of our time."
"It's why I've asked Congress to support a school choice bill. We've come a long way, I think. We're ahead of schedule in so many ways when it comes to education."
He predicted schools like St. Andrew would have "a fantastic relationship" with the Secretary of Education that would create "a lot of good things for your school and for the entire system."
Bishop Noonan prayed for the president, his family, and everyone present.
"We pray for this day in dialogue that we may share the good news, and the future of our students," he said.
President Trump thanked the bishop for his "uplifting prayer" and praised the bishop's support for schools like St. Andrews.
The president's visit drew criticism from some public school advocates like Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, who characterized the president's visit as a continuation of an "ideological crusade."
Weingarten said that many voucher programs do not improve students' academic outcomes and are not transparent in their spending and teaching policies.
Maureen Ferguson, senior policy advisor at The Catholic Association, said the president's visit was appropriate given Catholic schools' "record of success." She said Catholic high school students are twice as likely as public school students to graduate college and their high school education is half the cost as public schools.
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According to Ferguson, Catholic high schools in inner cities have a 99 percent graduation rate.