Families and Students

Generations of families from many different backgrounds and faiths entrust their children’s education to Chicago’s many Catholic schools. Big Shoulders Fund works directly with 72 of these schools.

Why enroll at a Big Shoulders Fund school?

Our Big Shoulders Fund network of elementary and high schools provide a safe, family-oriented environment, and a rigorous education that prepares scholars for college and beyond. A recent survey of Big Shoulders Fund alumni found that graduates work, study, vote, donate, and volunteer at rates high than their peers. Schools offer extended day programs before and after school for working families, and succeed in helping students achieve their maximum academic potential. You are welcome to come and visit any of the schools we support to see first-hand the culture of success that our students and their families experience every day. Click here to read more about the Big Shoulders Fund difference.

Families interested in sending their child to one of our schools can apply for one of our many scholarship programs.

     Alumni graduate from college 2X the national rate                       95% high school graduation rate