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Catholic Central High School

Private | 9-12 | 676 students

Our school is best known for Catholic culture for instruction and fa

 

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Posted May 23, 2010

(continued from above)-- Finally, in case you didn't know, the school is basically broke, and will have to fire several teachers and cut many programs, so don't listen to their pitch about the academic opportunites there, because they're not going to be around long. All CC talks about these days is tradition, but that's only because a 105 year history is all it has.. it has nothing going for it in the present, and the future looks even bleaker. I would honestly recommend attending somewhere else.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 11, 2010

Best education in West Michigan-- the science and math programs are second to none in the area, and programs such as the Engineering Class and Independent Research Program give motivated students a leg up both in college admissions and their futures. The school consistently ranks highly, if not at the top, in average ACT scores among area high schools, and students have succeeded at the national level in science and engineering competitions. ... the other departments are good, too.


Posted December 26, 2009

Catholic Central is a great academic school that prepares you well for the academics that are to come in college. However, the student body is made up of 'clicks' and it is very tough to be accepted by the 'popular' students. If you are not one of them high school can be hard to have fun in. The athletics are VERY good, but they are so good that its hard to find playing time even if you are good at a certain sport.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 3, 2009

Excellent academics, a faith-filled atmosphere, caring and compassionate teachers, staff and students, Catholic Central is an outstanding high school where 95+percent of students go on to higher education. In addition, there are many wonderful programs for students who struggle academically. The many extra-curricular offerings round out the exemplary student life here. ....and the girls' uniforms are very cute. The students look and are awesome.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 17, 2009

This school is honestly amazing. Sure, it has its flaws. But its the best education of any school in west michigan, by far.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 28, 2009

Catholic Central is a very good school, but it si too uniform, and I`m not talking about the uniforms.I have been going there for three years, and I feel like I am in the army. The adcedemics are good, and I feel well prepared for college. But I also feel like we are sheltered. Once college comes, its going to be a BIG wake up call and we won`t know how to handle certain situatuions.Like I said, adcedemics wise, very well prepared, socially wise... Not so sure.Overall good school, but I think they need to be a little less uptight
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 12, 2008

Catholic Central is definately the best Catholic school in the area.


Posted August 20, 2007

the uniforms...not so great. but otherwise, its great. good schooling and ok people
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 16, 2007

This school deserves 6 stars. The teachers at CC sincerely care about their students. My daughter was struggling in some of her classes, her teachers volunteered to come in early and stay late to help her. She used her breaks and sometimes her lunch to speak with her teachers. The teachers and I kept a dialogue on how she was doing and what was needed to help her to be sucessful. Believe me my family feel the sacrafice we make to send our daughter to CC. It is money well spent, I have no doubt she will excell in college. If anyone of color is skeptical about sending their child to CC, don't worry they will be in good hands. Parents try and get your child involved in a sport or club or one of many community events that CC is involved in, they will have fun. Active Parent
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 15, 2005

Catholic Central High School located in Grand Rapids, MI was founded in 1906 as the first Catholic co-educational school in the nation. Today, it stays true to it's past and is immersed in tradition. Catholic Central is located in the Heartside District of Grand Rapids, a community in which they give back to immensely. Service within the student's parish, school, and community is strongly suggested to all. Students will embark on a 'college prep' curriculum, which will prepare them for higher education. AP and Honors programs are available to advanced students. Parental involvement is extremely evident within the Catholic Central community. The Cougars also boast of a rich and winning athletic tradition. Students can participate in all the main sports, including up and coming sports such as Rugby and Lacrosse. Student s wishing to participate in other organizations, academic and social clubs are available, as well as music, art, and drama.
—Submitted by a former student


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 86% 69%
Hispanic 7% 6%
African-American 3% 19%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 3%
Multiracial 2% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Students typically attend these schools prior to attending this school Grand Rapids Catholic Elementary Schools
Forest Hills Public Schools
Northview Public Schools
Percentage of students going to 2-year college 8% (2013)
Percentage of students going to 4-year college 90% (2013)
Percentage of students going to the military 1% (2013)
Percentage of students going directly into the workforce 1% (2013)
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Source: Manually entered by a school official.

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Reading specialist(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Chinese (Mandarin)
French
Spanish
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Source: Provided by a school official.

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
  • Hearing impairments
  • Other health impairments
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
  • Visual impairments
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Math club
  • Technology club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Graphics
Clubs
  • Anime club
  • Drama club
  • Drum line
  • Flag girls
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Spanish
Clubs
  • Foreign language club: Spanish, French

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
Clubs
  • SADD

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Honors track
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Summer college prep programs
Clubs
  • Debate
  • National Honor Society
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School Leader's name
  • Mr. Greg Deja
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Roman catholic
Associations
  • NCEA
Fax number
  • (616) 893-8480

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Advanced placement courses
  • College prep
  • Honors track
  • Hybrid
  • Independent Study
  • STEM
  • Teacher-run
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Religious
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
  • Hearing impairments
  • Other health impairments
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
  • Visual impairments
Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Summer college prep programs
Transportation options
  • Accessible via public transportation
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • Diocese of Grand Rapids
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Crew / Rowing
  • Cross country
  • Cycling
  • Diving
  • Equestrian
  • Fencing
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Ice hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Rugby
  • Skiing
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Crew / Rowing
  • Cross country
  • Cycling
  • Diving
  • Equestrian
  • Fencing
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • Skiing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Graphics

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Anime club
  • Book/reading club
  • Chess club
  • Community service
  • Debate
  • Drama club
  • Drum line
  • Flag girls
  • Foreign language club: Spanish, French
  • Math club
  • Model UN
  • National Honor Society
  • SADD
  • Student council/government
  • Student newspaper
  • Technology club
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
School leaders can update this information here.

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What are your chances?


10 out of 10students were accepted for the 2014-2015 school year.


Students accepted for the 2014-2015 school year
652
Applications received for the 2014-2015 school year
652
Students typically come from these schools
Grand Rapids Catholic Elementary Schools
Forest Hills Public Schools
Northview Public Schools

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2014-2015 school year
$8000 - $8000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid
Outside scholarships
Parish Support

Planning ahead

College preparation / awareness offered
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Summer college prep programs
SAT/ACT prep classes
Community college courses
College presentations or information sessions
College prep programs/courses during the year
Students' post-graduation plans in 2013
2 year college - 8%
4 year college - 90%
Military - 1%
Workforce - 1%
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319 Sheldon Boulevard Southeast
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Phone: (616) 233-5801

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