2014-2015 was a big year for Catholic schools in the Diocese of Orlando. Among the highlights:
- The Diocese of Orlando hosted the National Catholic Educational Association Convention and Expo in April, noting the first time NCEA hosted the event in Florida.
- Bishop Noonan announced that the diocese entered into a partnership with the University of Notre Dame in naming four of our schools – Lourdes Academy and Basilica of St. Paul School, both in Daytona Beach, St. Andrew Catholic School in Orlando, and Holy Redeemer Catholic School in Kissimmee — as University of Notre Dame ACE (Alliance for Catholic Education) academies in the 2015-2016 academic year.
- Catholic schools in the Diocese of Orlando bucked the national trend of declining enrollment figures, noting increased numbers for the fifth consecutive year. According to the NCEA, in 2013-2014, the Diocese of Orlando ranked 44th out of 176 dioceses in the nation for the number of students enrolled.
Henry Fortier, Secretary for Education/Superintendent of Catholic Schools, said “Our schools are communities of faith that focus not just on book learning but on the spiritual, intellectual, physical and social-emotional aspects of a student’s development.”