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Delone Catholic High School

Private | 9-12 | 460 students

Our school is known for developing leadership and service in our students.
 
 

 
 

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Situated in a small town neighborhood. The median home value is $142,300. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $719.

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Posted October 17, 2014

Some teachers use their power to intimidate students. Feedback from parents are not really welcome.


Posted September 14, 2014

Hi! I used to attend Delone, and I would not recommend it to anyone else. The teachers are only okay when it comes to teaching the students, otherwise they are a little overrated. And yes their football team and some other sports are good, but thats really all they focus on. And the homework can be too much as well. Very abysmal homework schedule! It wasn't the best experience, but I wish I could go to another school to relive my high school experience properly. Save your money; find another school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 27, 2014

My son graduated from Delone Catholic and has felt far more prepared for his college classes than many of his college peers. My daughter is currently attending Delone and is also having a great experience. The smaller class sizes have been excellent for her and her teachers have been responsive when extra help has been needed. The selection of classes for a small school is impressive and both of my children have enjoyed different extracurricular activities. I would recommend Delone Catholic to families who are looking for high quality education anchored in strong Christian values.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 27, 2013

Delone Catholic is a great school. My son loves the personal aspect of going to a smaller school. The teachers really care about how the kids are learning. My son has formed a lot of friendships with the other students. The students are taught to respect others and are being prepared for the rigors of college. I know with the classes he will have at Delone he will be prepared to enter college and excel.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 25, 2013

Delone Catholic is a great school. My daughter absolutely loves going to school there. We are very fortunate to be able to send our children here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 24, 2013

Great experience for my children. They have learned quite a bit and have broadened their experiences in class and outside of class. Good technology exposure and options for experience. For a school this small to have these options is really nice. The music program is exceptional although small and is molded to meet and challenge the various talents each year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2013

Delone Catholic is a school where each student has the opportunity to develop his or her passions in a physically and emotionally safe environment. I am proud to teach here.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 28, 2012

I'm an alum of Delone, currently pursuing a Masters Degree at a top-ranked University within my professional field. When looking back, I cherish every experience during my academic career at the high school. Delone is among the best academic institutions in the Southcentral PA area. The administration and staff are experienced and knowledgeable within their perspective fields and challenge students. The school focuses greatly on academics and its Catholic foundation, but also strives in its efforts to assist students in their development as loving, open-minded and accepting young adults. The student body illustrates this through their welcoming and accepting attitudes. Previous reviews mention "cliques" however few exist, with most students befriending many and a graduating class knowing every fellow classmate. The curriculum is good, but improvement would benefit the school. However for a smaller school, it offers multiple AP classes with more being added and existing classes challenging students. Overall, Delone is an amazing school which will not only prepare a student for further academic growth, but assists in their development in to strong, devoted, respectable adults.


Posted March 22, 2010

I am currently a senior at the University of Pittsburgh within its School of Social Work. I graduated from Delone Catholic in 2006 and after reflecting on my experiences at DCHS, found that not only was I prepared for higher education at a program ranked 8th in the nation, but exposed to many differing ideologies during my time there. Delone is located in a community comprised of a large majority, Christian Conservatives and the beliefs and values of the community are strongly expressed. Delone holds those values and beliefs close to home, but also provides a greater experience, calling on its students to think critically and to love thy neighbor as thy self. Delone challenges academically and athletically (as shown by its amazing sports programs) but also challenges its students to have integrity, compassion, and understanding. Delone Catholic practices what it preaches...


Posted December 13, 2009

I entered Delone in 9th grade, and did not return after that year. I hated the school and would not recommend it to anyone. The school is the epitome of small-town mentality. As an honors student, I found Delone extremely easy. Unfortunately, all through 9th grade I was subjected to the less-than-up-to-par teaching methods and a curriculum that was geared to the slowest students. I literally slept or read through every single one of my 8 classes and got straight A's all year. As someone that went to catholic schools all through middle school, I found Delone s religious teaching tedious and offensive. All I got out of religion class was that you should always give inordinate amounts of money to the church and that the word Catholic is synonymous and interchangeable with the word Christian. Do not waste your child s high school education, or your money. Find another high school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 19, 2008

The only reason why I go to Delone is because of the great music program. Don't get me wrong, I love our sports teams and they do a great job year after year, but sports just arn't for everyone. I like how there is a varity of things you can do to show your creative side or to show your talent. I'm not a big fan of the grading system, though. But all of the students are very friendly, and so are most of the teachers.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 5, 2008

As a student, I am very pleased. I would not be willing to go anywhere. I love the spirt of the school. As I was reading the reviews I came across one that complained about the attire and grooming of the students. Basically, the men must be clean shaven and shirts must be tucked in. There isn't really anything bigger than that. And some teachers are more strict than others on the rules and policies but they are perfectly easy to live with. Another thing that I loved when I entered my first year of Delone they started preparing us for college. I also disagree that DCHS focuses on sports more than faith. The faith and sports are combined together which is so great. I also love the smallness of my classes. It's great for learning. I hope you choose DCHS! Go Squires!
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 29, 2008

the principle is horrible, and some of the teachers are as well. however the students are very nice
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 20, 2007

My child entered Delone as a 10th grader. Previously he had attended an extremely expensive, highly respected Catholic [school] in another state. The faculty/staff and students were welcoming. The academics were far more challenging. The athletic opportunities far exceeded his former school. Delone certainly prepared him for college. It was a wonderful experience for him and for us. I wish he could have attended Delone from the beginning of his high school career.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 28, 2007

As a former student of Delone Catholic I would like to say that I think that Delone is one of the best schools out there. Sure there are strict rules but there has to be. Your there to learn and grow in your faith. I think that the school has great spirit, great love and devoction to all its students. There wasn't a day that goes by that I don't think about my time at Delone and wish that I could go back. I loved it there and all of the teachers and fellow students. Where else can you go and express your faith and not be critized. Delone Catholic is definitely one of the best small Catholic schools around. Sometimes it don't realize it until your no longer there and you long to go back.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 15, 2007

I have read the reviews posted, and am really surprised about the negativity. My child came to the school as a noncatholic because we wanted to have the good academics and good discipline that was lacking elsewhere. We nave never experienced anything other than fairness, good academics, and good discipline. I imagine that the other reviews may have come from kids that might have been a problem in the school. This school is no different than others as far as having problems here and there with kids, but we are extremely pleased. Our child is an average academic and we've never had a problem in any area. Don't let the negative reviews persuade you away from this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 2, 2007

This past year has been my first experience with the school and I couldn't be more pleased. My son comes home excited about what he's learning and demonstrating incredible growth in thought and attitude. The school recognized an issue with bullying this year and dealt with it head on. My son and his friends grew to understand that in order to stop the less socially adapted students from getting bullied, he and his friends had to step up and take responsibility for their school. I attritube this mature attitude to the school's welcoming environment and serious atmosphere. My son initially complained because he wasn't allowed to sleep or chat in study hall, but in the end his grades showed that fair but strict discipline paid off.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 11, 2007

The academics are limited, unvaried, and not a priority. The clear focus is proper grooming (for male students) and attire. Academics are a clear second to these shining priorities. The 'scare tactic' discipline system is antiquated, unbalanced, and unfair. As students accumulate 'demerits,' they get hours of detention. There is no way for a student to contest an unfair demerit. Instructors can (and do) give demerits and detention for anything or nothing at all, in whatever combination the instructor pleases. Departmental communication is limited. Transitions to the next level of a foreign language, for example, are difficult, cumbersome, and awkward. 'Politics' and tension among departments is apparent as well. The school seems to have trouble finding and keeping good teachers. They never admit or mention it, but during my four years of involvement, I saw three teachers get quietly fired. 'Clicks' are rampant and create social tension and hatred between groups and extracurricular activities.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted October 2, 2006

The style of instruction is antiquated/ inferior to that found in other schools. Range & variety of courses are limited.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 23, 2005

It is a great high school with spirit, dedication, and hard working students. I never regret choosing to go here.
—Submitted by a student


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 96% 71%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 3%
Black 1% 15%
Two or more races 1% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Hispanic 0% 9%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Students typically attend these schools prior to attending this school Annunciation BVM School
St. Joseph School Hanover
Sacred Heart School
Percentage of students going to 2-year college 5% (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 4% (2013)
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Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Foreign languages spoken by school staff French
Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Industrial shop
  • Science lab
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Computer programming
  • Electrical
  • Engineering
Clubs
  • Recycling club
  • Science club

Arts & music

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

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Latin
  • 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
  • French
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen

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
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • Summer college prep programs
Clubs
  • Debate
  • Forensics club
  • National Honor Society
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 2:45 pm
School Leader's name
  • Dr. Maureen C. Thiec
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Roman Catholic
Associations
  • NCEA
Fax number
  • (717) 637-0442

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Honors track
  • Independent Study
  • Internships
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Religious
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Computer programming
  • Culinary
  • Electrical
  • Engineering

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Special education coordinator
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • 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
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • Summer college prep programs
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • School shares bus/van with other schools
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Industrial shop
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Orchestra
  • Theory
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Community service
  • Debate
  • Drama club
  • Forensics club
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • Marching band
  • National Honor Society
  • Recycling club
  • Science club
  • Student council/government
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer time after school
School leaders can update this information here.

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What are your chances?

Students typically come from these schools
Annunciation BVM School
St. Joseph School Hanover
Sacred Heart School

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$5000 - $8000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid
Outside scholarships

Planning ahead

College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
College presentations or information sessions
SAT/ACT prep classes
Summer college prep programs
Students' post-graduation plans in 2013
2 year college - 5%
4 year college - 90%
Military - 1%
Workforce - 4%
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140 South Oxford Avenue
McSherrystown, PA 17344
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Phone: (717) 637-5969

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