The 76 Big Shoulders Fund schools are within the highest poverty areas and among the oldest Catholic schools in Chicago.

They meet the following criteria:

 ✶ located in the City of Chicago

 ✶ Title I eligibility and participation

 ✶ 20% or more of the attending students receive free or reduced lunch

The collective effort of supporters, teachers and families alike allows our schools to operate efficiently: on average in 2014 it cost $7,577 to educate a student in a Chicago Catholic school versus $13,433 to educate a student in a Chicago public school.