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FSC Institute & RELAN Statistics

This page provides the latest statistics about the Brothers of the Christian Schools and their ministries throughout the world and within the Region of North America. (See below)

The Institute statistics come from the Memento, an annual summary from the Generalate in Rome. A PDF may be downloaded of this booklet.

The RELAN statistics comes from CARA (Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate), which published an annual report for the Lasallian Region of North America. Summary information is provided below. A PDF of the entire report may be downloaded through the link provided.

A Little More Information



Link to Summary 2018 Institute Statistics Pages

  • The Institute has a Lasallian presence in 80 countries
    • In 77 countries we have Brothers' communities
    • In 79 countries we have Lasallian educational centers
    • Only 3 countries have no Brothers communities: Andorra, Hungry and Indonesia
    • Only 1 country with Brothers in residence does not have any active Lasallian ministry: Holland.
    • Therefore, 80 is the best number.
  • At the end of 2017, in Lasallian ministries there were
    • 1,083 Schools
    • 3,695 Brothers with Vows
    • 89,062 lay men and women
    • Priests and men/women religious from other religious orders
    • 1,040,804 students served by Lasallian ministries

Link to the FULL 2018 Memento (Containing ALL Statistics)




Link to the FULL 2017-2018 RELAN Statistical Report

Elementary and Secondary Schools

  • There are 66 total elementary, middle, and secondary schools in the Lasallian Network of schools. Almost two-thirds (64 percent) are owned by the Christian Brothers. The majority of these schools (79 percent) are high schools (grades 9 through 12) or middle/high schools (grades 5 to 12), and are coeducational (63 percent). Nearly two in five are male only (37 percent). Overall, males are 71 percent of all enrolled students, regardless of the gender of the school.
  • Just as most schools in this category of the Lasallian Network are high schools and middle/high schools, the largest percentage of students in the Lasallian Network is enrolled in these schools. These schools enroll 36,303 students, 94 percent of the 38,018 total students enrolled in the Lasallian Network.
  • Seven in ten students (69 percent, or 26,324 students) are Roman Catholics. Nearly nine in ten (88 percent) identified as Roman Catholic or as another Christian. The lowest proportion of Roman Catholics is found at the middle school level – with 58 percent of students at that level being Roman Catholic. In comparison, 73 percent of those in elementary schools, 74 percent of those in middle/high schools, and 69 percent of those in high schools are Roman Catholic.
  • While 61 percent of students overall are white, middle schools have a very low proportion of white students (2 percent). Elementary school students are 54 percent white, middle/high schools are 71 percent white, and high schools are 60 percent white. One in six students overall is Hispanic or Latino (17 percent), just over one in ten is black or African American (12 percent), and one in 20 is Asian (5 percent).
  • The students at these schools are economically diverse: a total of 6,902 students are eligible for free or reduced price lunch (18 percent of all students). Additionally, 19,358 students requested some form of tuition assistance. Of those who requested, 94 percent received some form of tuition assistance.
  • Lasallian Network schools gave more than$88,000,000 in need-based grants, and a total of $113,881,231 in total financial aid in the 2017-2018 school year. This is important as the average annual tuition (for those schools that charge tuition) is $10,128, with a low of $50 and a high of $22,400. It costs an average of $14,290 to educate a pupil in a Lasallian Network school.
  • More than eight in ten schools (57 schools or 86 percent) list a president as the chief administrator for the school. A third of these presidents (19 schools or 33 percent) are Christian Brothers. Nearly all schools have a principal (98 percent) and 7 percent of principals are Christian Brothers. A total of 2,826 faculty members is employed by these schools, a slight majority of which are lay men (55 percent). The majority of faculty and staff (79 percent) are white.

Postsecondary Institutions

  • Seven colleges and universities are included in RELAN (six in the United States and one, Bethlehem University, in Palestine). These schools enroll a total of 30,814 students; more than two in three of whom (68 percent or 20,849 students) are undergraduates. Of these undergraduates, 34 percent are Roman Catholic. At the American colleges and universities, 38 percent of students are Roman Catholic.
  • Six in ten students are white (60 percent), which includes those identifying as Arab at Bethlehem University. Some 13 percent are Hispanic or Latino and 10 percent are African American. Of the students enrolled in colleges/universities in the United States, 52 percent are white, 15 percent are Hispanic or Latino, 10 percent are blacks or African American, and 5 percent are Asian.
  • Tuition at these colleges and universities ranges from $2,000 to $45,536, with an average tuition of $29,579. For colleges and universities in the United States, the average is higher: the average tuition at U.S. colleges and universities is $34,176. Additionally, colleges and universities charge an average of $11,708 for room and board. A total of 16,136 undergraduate and graduate students received tuition assistance – this represents 52 percent of all students. In total, colleges and universities in the Region gave more than $357,065,381 in financial aid, with 40 percent of this aid being need-based grants.
  • Of the seven colleges and universities profiled in this report, two are headed by a Christian Brother, four are headed by lay men, and one is headed by a lay woman. A total of 2,935 people are on faculty at these colleges and universities, 42 percent of whom are full time. In total, 3 percent of administrative staff members (seven people) are Christian Brothers. Nearly four in five (78 percent) of faculty and staff at American colleges and universities are white, 6 percent are Hispanic or Latino, 7 percent are black or African American, and 4 percent are Asian.
  • One in five (20 percent) campus ministers is a Christian Brother. One in ten (9 percent) religion/theology faculty members is a Christian Brother. About another one in ten (14 percent) mission/identity personnel is a Christian Brother.

Educational Centers

  • There are 11 educational centers in RELAN. Six serve as retreat centers, three provide summer camps, three provide adult/family learning centers, and one provides a tutoring center.
  • A total of 27,092 people were served by these centers in 2016-2017. Of them, almost two-thirds (65 percent) were under the age of 21 at the time of service. Another 35 percent (9,443 people) were 21 or older. The centers employ a total of 21 teaching faculty, the plurality of whom (43 percent) are Christian Brothers.
  • Almost three-tenths of administrators are Christian Brothers (28 percent), about two-fifths are lay men (44 percent), and another 28 percent are lay women. They employ 158 non-faculty professionals, 92 percent of whom are employed part time. Twenty-four people are employed in pastoral ministry. Some 132 people serve as unpaid volunteers, 8 percent of whom volunteer full time.

Youth and Family Services

  • Youth and family services are provided at eight sites, all operated in the District of Eastern North America (DENA). At least half have adjudicated youth programs (88 percent), special education centers (88 percent), counseling and support programs (88 percent), and group homes (50 percent).
  • A total of 2,903 people were served by these programs in 2016-2017. All but nine of them were under the age of 21 at the time of service. Seven of the eight sites offer some form of academic credit, the most common of which are diplomas. Among those offering credit for courses, eight in ten of those receiving academic credit were in high school. Seven centers offer diplomas. The programs employ a total of 162 teaching faculty, more than nine in ten of whom teach full time and more than half of whom are lay women (58 percent).
  • Three-fifths of the administrators for these programs are lay men (61 percent), with nearly another four in ten lay women (36 percent). Three percent are Christian Brothers. The programs employ 543 direct service staff, more than eight in ten of whom are employed full time (84 percent). Nine people are employed in pastoral ministry.