Catholic Schools Sustainability Initiative

The purpose of this initiative is to help struggling Catholic schools in your diocese become viable, well-managed institutions.

Catholic Extension has partnered with Catholic School Management, Inc. (CSM) to offer its Strategic Management and Development Program to Catholic schools in your diocese.  This agreement currently covers 90 percent of the total cost of this initiative for six schools per diocese.

Catholic schools build solid spiritual foundations for students and their families
Catholic schools build solid spiritual foundations for students and their families.

The Strategic Management and Development Program is a four-year, onsite consultation service that helps schools strengthen their Catholic identity, define goals, improve the effectiveness of school boards, enhance school image and communications, raise money, manage enrollment, and market themselves more effectively.

This program promises to make a significant difference for participating schools because of CSM’s track record:  Only 13 of the more than 3,000 schools it has worked with have closed after fully completing this consultation program. 

Catholic Extension also has partnered with CSM to provide feasibility studies at a reduced cost for dioceses that are exploring the possibility of opening new Catholic schools in their area.

Duration: 4 years
Value to Participating Diocese: $192,000 (per group of 6 schools)

For More Information

Contact Terry Witherell, Senior Director of Mission, at 508.668.1786 or twitherell@catholicextension.org.