[quote="Em_in_FL, post:2, topic:225429"]
In our parish we have "Religious Education" and "Sacramental Preparation" as separate groups.
"Religious Education" is covered *every *year through 8th grade (I believe) - either through our Parish Catholic school, or through the PREP program (for those who attend other schools).
The "Sacramental Preparation" classes only start up in the months prior to receiving the particular Sacrament. ALL of the kids (both from the Catholic school and all others in the PREP program) are combined for Sacramental Preparation. You have to be enrolled in Religious Education (either the school or PREP program) in order to go to the Sacramental Preparation classes. So you can't just jump in for the Sacraments and then leave and forget about Religious Education for the remainder of the years. If you skip Religious Education after the early Sacraments (Reconciliation and First Eucharist in 2nd grade), then this will DELAY your Confirmation (8th or 9th grade)... they basically want to ensure that everyone receiving the Sacraments are PRACTICING Catholics...
High school kids have a youth group program, but at that point the formal "Religious Education" classes are over.
This is how it works in our parish as well. There are also programs offered occasionally by the Diocese during the year beginning for middle scholars and older. Our parish also has a very active youth program for those that have received confirmation and invites the youth from the surrounding parishes to participate in various activities. There are plenty of opportunites for the youth to be active, but sadly many parents do not seem to encourage their children to participate once they receive confirmation.