Boston, Mass., Apr 19, 2004 / 22:00 pm
In an attempt to maintain quality education and keep enrollment up, Catholic schools in Boston have taken to marketing and large-scale capital campaigns.
Years ago, Catholic schools relied on archdiocesan appeals and collections. Priests and nuns were teachers, which kept labor costs and tuition down. But decreases in the number of religious and demographic shifts have changed all that.
Now, enrollment can go up to $8,000, which is difficult for most families to manage. Most young Catholics attend public schools.
Marian High School in Framingham, which becomes independent of the archdiocese in September, is gearing up for its capital campaign, reported the Boston Globe. The Archdiocese of Boston intends to consolidate and close schools where attendance is in decline.