Ways to Create a Vibrant Catholic School

I am thinking of developing a presentation that incorporates the “best practices” of successful Catholic schools, in order to help schools in our diocese move forward in areas of enrollment, Catholicity, etc. I am particularly interested in Catholic schools in semi-rural areas, because I have pretty much lived my entire life in these areas, and really hate to see these areas losing Catholic schools.

Does anybody know of any resources or research that details why some schools are thriving and others are not? I am open to suggestions and speculation as well. I have a lot of my own ideas, but I would like to come up with some solid evidence of what is working. If you know of anything helpful, please let me know.

On a related note, I will be attending the National Speakers Association, Ohio seminar on Sunday March 8, in Columbus. If anybody reading this is going to be there, look me up! A big thanks to Father Joshua Wagner for setting this up!