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updated: 1/23/2013 8:21 AM

Chicago Catholic Schools see enrollment increase

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Associated Press

Enrollment in Chicago's Catholic schools has grown over the past three years.

The Archdiocese of Chicago announced Tuesday the school system has seen an increase of 675 students during that period.

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Preschool, kindergarten and first grade levels have seen a combined 10 percent increase compared to three years ago.

Catholic schools superintendent Sister M. Paul McCaughey says donations, among other reasons, have driven the surge in enrollment. The additional aid has allowed more students to join the district.

Chicago's Catholic school system is the largest of its kind in the nation, comprising of 212 elementary and 38 high schools.

Nearly 6,000 teachers educate the more than 85,000 students enrolled in the system.

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