Catholic Transcript Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

csw openhouseParents and preschoolers check out St. Mary School in Branford during an open house on Jan 26 to kick off Welcome Week. (Photo by Mary Chalupsky)

HARTFORD – The Archdiocese of Hartford’s Office of Catholic Schools is opening all of its schools during Welcome Week Jan. 26 through Feb. 2

The week’s theme is “Our Open Doors Lead to Your Child’s Open Mind.” Its purpose is to give families an opportunity to tour the schools, meet faculty and students, and ask questions about the benefits of receiving a Catholic school education.

Among Catholic high schools in the Archdiocese of Hartford, the graduation rate is 100 percent, with 97 percent going on to college. On the elementary school level, Catholic students perform two grade levels higher than their public school counterparts on standardized testing in the areas of language arts, science, math and social studies.

“These are vital and impressive statistics that most families never hear about,” said Anne Clubb, director of enrollment management and marketing for the schools office. “Welcome Week was created to expose families to the academic excellence and nurturing environments that are cultivated in our Catholic schools.”

Dale R. Hoyt, superintendent of Catholic schools, is encouraging students of all faiths, ethnic groups and socio-economic backgrounds to register.

Dr. Hoyt noted that tuition assistance is available to students who need it. Last year, 1,700 students where helped through the Tuition Assistance Program, which is a component of the Archbishop’s Annual Appeal.

In addition, every one of the 63 schools in the archdiocese offers its own financial assistance program to help make a Catholic school education accessible to all.

The dates and times that schools are open during “Welcome Week” may be found at