HALO 139

New Family Recruiting & Retention Pilot

We want more children to experience the benefits of Catholic education. HALO 139 is a program that makes it easy for new families to give our schools a try.


As a result of the disruption in education during the pandemic, it is estimated that 60% of young families are open to a different school option. Our Catholic schools did an excellent job implementing proactive protocols early to manage the challenges of the pandemic, keeping virus numbers extremely low on our campuses. Because of this, almost 95% of our students returned to the classroom for in-person instruction. There was very little learning loss and our families reported that their children's lives were routine and stable, unlike many of their peers outside of the Catholic school community.

The purpose of HALO 139 is to communicate with new families that our schools are a great fit for anyone wanting an academically excellent and faith-focused curriculum in a loving, responsible, and caring community. Through discounted tuition and delayed payment options, families will be able to try our schools without significant financial exposure. Our data shows that when families try our schools and stay for three years, they rarely leave. 

Let’s Give More Students the Advantages of Catholic Education

HALO 139 will give 139 new children discounted tuition and deferred payment options at five pilot schools. This will reverse declining enrollment and bolster the schools finances for years to come.​ The new strategies and tactics being developed will be leveraged across the entire Dallas Catholic school system to increase enrollment where there is existing capacity. 

We are approaching this with proven practices, including internal and external market research and strategy that features print, digital and social methods of reaching our target audience. We are developing tools and training to enhance the user experience of shopping and enrolling in our schools. Our aim is to capture the attention of families who never considered Catholic schools before or who have believed this caliber of education could not be possible. 

Catholic education provides a pathway to meaningful opportunities for every student. It provides learning and development for the whole child, and is especially regarded for improving possibilities for minority or socio-economically challenged students. Catholic school students learn how to make ethical decisions, are well-rounded, responsible, capable, and inclined to become a vibrant part of their community.

Catholic Schools are not just good for Catholics - they are good for the community!

HALO 139 Presentation - June 2021 - no f



HALO is raising funds to reimburse schools for the tuition discounts offered through the HALO 139 pilot program.

In April of 2021, we were blessed with a Challenge grant by the Mike & Mary Terry Family Foundation. In addition to donating start-up funding for HALO 139, they pledged $100,000 towards tuition reimbursement for schools, provided HALO raise another $100,000 from other sources. Other individuals have joined the Challenge, pledging another $50,000.

We are thankful to those who have already generously donated to HALO 139, including:

The Mike & Mary Terry Family Foundation

Joe & Chris Popolo
Rick & Megan Spurr

Bill & Eileen Schaffler

If you would like information on becoming a Challenge donor or would like more information about HALO, please contact the development office at (972) 645-8186.

Help us Meet our Challenge Grant by August 31st!

Fund a Student! 

These amounts reflect the average tuition price per semester across the five pilot schools.

The cost to educate a student is approximately $9,100 a year, which compares favorably with what the state reimburses public schools. Tuition at the pilot schools range from $5,500 - $9,100 per year.