Catholic schools experience enrollment boost for 2016-17 year

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

For the second consecutive year, student enrollment is up in Northwest Iowa Catholic schools of the Diocese of Sioux City, according to a recent enrollment report submitted to the National Catholic Education Association for the 2016-17 academic year.

The report demonstrated enrollment increases for 12 schools in the 16 Diocesan educational systems, while some figures remained steady year-on-year.

“In our commitment to sustaining growth, we are very pleased to see our enrollment rise,” said Dr. Dan Ryan, Superintendent of Schools. “Our success is largely due to concentrated efforts by our schools, as together we implement our long range strategic plan.”

According to Dr. Ryan, a new comprehensive approach contributed to the enrollment boost, including launching the Where Values Matter multimedia marketing campaign, developing local enrollment teams for each school system and expanding outreach to diverse populations throughout Northwest Iowa.

Bolstering our marketing communication reach and creating enrollment teams at the local level have allowed our school leaders to focus on what they do best – providing outstanding teaching and learning experiences for our students in a rich faith-filled environment,” Dr. Ryan noted.

In addition, the Catholic schools of Northwest Iowa are partnering with Creighton University on training to strengthen enrollment practices.

“I am very inspired by the training,” said Susie Hulst, local enrollment team lead, Kuemper Catholic Schools. “It’s helping me to see the ‘big picture’ on enrollment.”

For more information or to visit a local Catholic school in Northwest Iowa, visit or contact Stacia Thompson at 712-233-7527 or