National Catholic Schools Week

National Catholic Schools Week (CSW) was first introduced by the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) in 1974. The annual event begins each year on the last Sunday in January. Schools in the Diocese of Colorado Springs celebrate CSW with Masses, open houses, and a variety of activities for students, families, parishioners, and the community at large.

Themes and logos for CSW have changed over the last 40 years; but in 2014 in response the NCEA member requests for a theme and logo that would last more than a year, the new theme will be used for at least three years. This will provide opportunities for schools to brand the week and their ongoing marketing activities with repeated mentions and use of a consistent logo. It was especially appropriate that this new brand marked National Catholic Schools Week 2014 – the 40th anniversary of this annual event.

The new theme encompasses several concepts that are at the heart of a Catholic education. First, schools are communities—small families in their own right, but also members of the larger community of home, church, city and nation. Faith, knowledge and service are three measures by which any Catholic school can and should be judged.

The new logo features a swirl of colors interacting around a cross, which is at the center of all Catholic education. The vibrancy of the colors and the movement and shadows in the logo portray the inner-connectivity and community life that are present in our Catholic schools.


  • CSW 2016: January 31 - February 6
  • CSW 2017: January 29 - February 4
  • CSW 2018: January 28 - February 3

Catholic Schools Week 2016

Watch this space for the special events during Catholic Schools Week 2016!


Catholic Schools Week 2015 was celebrated throughout our Diocesan Catholic schools with activities and special events celebrating our students, teachers, parishioners, pastors, community and our faith.

Students at St. Paul's make lunch for the homeless at the Marian House.


Preschool students at Holy Apostles Preschool learn about the Saints from Sister Mary Link. 

Colorado Governor's Proclamation of Catholic Schools Week 2015

Ave Marie Catholic School students visited the State Capitol during Catholic Schools Week on behalf of all the Catholic schools in the Diocese of Colorado Springs. Governor John Hickenlooper presented the students with a pdf State Proclamation 2015 (1.45 MB) recognizing our Catholic schools in Colorado for their "academic excellence and their ability to provide students with an exceptional scholastic experience."  Read about the Ave Maria students' visit to the Capitol on page 8 of the January 31, 2015 edition of the Denver Catholic.




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