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Bishop Heelan Catholic High School

Private | 9-12 | 550 students

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Posted May 29, 2012

Heelan is the best school in so many ways! It is a great place to be at! Whether you are participating in athletics, learning chemistry, or socializing at a school dance, it is an outstanding experience! I was blessed to go to Heelan! My mom had just as good of a time when she was there in the '70's! I can't wait to see the new Heelan High building and see how it touches the community even more! My bottom line is that Heelan is worth every penny!
—Submitted by a student

Posted May 2, 2011

There is a misconception out there that Heelan is better than the local public schools. Not true. As a teacher who has taught students who went to school in both environments, I can tell you that academically the schools are equal. And, there are just as many negative influences at the Catholic school; they are just not as well known. Finally, Heelen recruits for sports, so the average athlete has little chance to play high school sports, whereas in the public schools he or she actually has a chance to play.

Posted May 21, 2009

I am a Junior at Bishop Heelan High School and it is a great school to be at. Everyone is friendly with everyone. No one is left out of anything!Going to school here is very rewarding with the teacher support and friendly students. It seems everyone in the school has a place that they belong to. Miracle Makers, A.W.A.R.E., Student Council, all the athletics and other extra-curricular activities really make you feel like you belong.
—Submitted by a student

Posted November 25, 2008

everthing including sports is all politics.... it all has to do with what your last name is and what kind of car you drive.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 26, 2008

I am so impressed with the quality principals, teachers, staff and academics at all the Bishop Heelan Catholic pre-K, elementary, middle and high schools!!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 31, 2008

A great school to send your kids to!
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Posted May 30, 2007

I am a 1970 graduate of Heelan, and have had 3 of my children graduate from this school so far. It is a school that encourages students to take college prep classes but its students would benefit with the availability of strong vocational/technical courses too. Heelan has a very strong sports program with much parent backing. It would be wonderful to be able to say that about the fine arts program, however, the teachers in that area are wonderful. The school's focus seems to have moved from that of a strictly Catholic education system to one which embraces those of all faiths.
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Posted March 9, 2006

Bishop Heelan has very a sound academic program, offering numerous honors programs across its curriculum. It has a great combination of large school offerings, with a small school size and atmostphere. With a 9-12 enrollment of approximately 520 students, Bishop Heelan offers outstanding class sizes and a very accomodating teacher/student ratio. It's extra-curricular programs are annually near the top of the state in wide range of activities. Bishop Heelan has a very involved parent population who meet on a regular basis with Administration to improve communication throughout the system. Bishop Heelan offers the Siouxland area a top notch faith-based, educational opportunity that I would strongly recommend to anyone wanting an outstanding educational experience for their children.
—Submitted by a parent

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  • Mr. Terry Tomke
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  • Roman Catholic
  • NCEA
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  • (712) 252-4897


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1021 Douglas St
Sioux City, IA 51105
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Phone: (712) 252-0573


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