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Peninsula Catholic High School

Private | 8-12 | 309 students

We are best known for college preparatory curriculum.

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $172,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $830.

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Posted July 22, 2014

PCHS is making great strides to take what has always been a wonderful school and improve it to the SPECTACULAR! Much needed additions to the athletic fields and the recent addition of a 9-10th grade guidance councilor are all outward signs of this tremendous growth. The teachers are warm and actually care about the education and well-being of the students and the Principal is always open and available for parents and students. Last year, my student was given a chromebook and had numerous opportunities to use it in class, opening a world of learning that would not be possible before. I am so proud to call the school home for my children!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 28, 2013

this school has been wonderful for our boys. College prep is stressed, but every student feels like they have a say in the high school journey. The school has discipline and actions, enough to give students boundaries, such as hair length, skirt length, honor codes etc.. Active athletic programs keeps kids busy after school as do many after school clubs. A bus comes from Resurrection Church in Portsmouth for help with transportation.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2012

Peninsula Catholic High School is an outstanding school. My son has always struggled in school, but he is doing above average since his move to PC. The teachers make themselves available to help the students succeed. The students love the school...because they have fun! It's not free like public school, but you get what you pay for. Invest in your children's future, they are worth it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2012

Both of our children attended Peninsula Catholic High School . For us, Peninsula Catholic was kind of a mixed bag. From an academic perspective, I would say that their English program was excellent; their math and science programs, however, were just okay. From a spiritual perspective, PC was disappointing. For the most part, the spiritual emphasis tended to be mostly on teaching the students about religion (rules, memorization of religious facts, etc.) and a lot of spiritual "going through the motions," rather than encouraging students to have a relationship with God and to live their faith. Both of my children were put off by the religious instruction at Peninsula Catholic and turned their backs on Catholicism before they finished at PC. To be fair, there was one religion teacher at PC who really did try to nurture his students' faith, rather than just teach them about "religion". Unfortunately, both of my children were in their last year at PC by the time they had his class, and by that time it was, as they put it, "too late."
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 16, 2011

Peninsula Catholic High School has been our 5 sons' 2nd 'home' since 1999. Its the school of our choice because it is academically outstanding and for its Catholic 'environment' which produces good men and women. Our family is honored to be part of Peninsula Catholic's tradition of excellence in all aspects of life!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 14, 2011

Peninsula Catholic is a college preparatory school whose students have found success beyond their high school years thanks to a strong foundation and high expectations. We are proud of our Catholic roots, but warmly welcome students from all faith traditions. We are a school dedicated to service in the local community, nation-wide, and across the globe. Last year, just over 300 students committed over 11,000 service hours and over $12,000 to those in need. Our parents choose Peninsula Catholic because they are prepared to invest in their student s future, even if it means financial sacrifice. PC has a student body that is readily accepting of others and ready to help each other in any way they can. The faculty is dedicated to their students in the classroom and through their invovement with many extra-curricular activities. Each year the administration strives to incorporate new programs and enhance the current offerings so that students have the best chance of success once they leave the halls of PC. There is no doubt that Peninsula Catholic is the finest private school on the peninsula and I am proud to be a part of this long-standing (108 year) tradition.
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Posted November 14, 2011

My son has been at this school for two years now and I am happy I made the decision to send him here. The school climate is one that encourages leadership from all students. They are very accepting of individuality. The students are very supportive of each other. I have heard many students and parents as describing the school as feeling like family.
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Posted September 19, 2011

PCHS is one of the most accepting, loving and nurturing environment you will find. All students are accepted for who they are and treated the same. All students are given the same opportunities and chances to succeed. The new principal (principal for 4 years now) is great and the school is growing. With students from all faith denominations represented, PC remains a school rooted deep in Catholicism that offers all its students a stellar education.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 17, 2011

We knew we made the right high school choice when our college-aged children came home and thanked us for the education they got at PCHS! They were amazed at how far ahead of their classmates they were in research and writing skills, as well as in science and mathematics!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 15, 2011

This school has a horrible mathematics program. Students here should be encouraged to forgo taking math courses here, and take them in college instead. A few of the religious members of the students and faculty do not respect the non-Catholic or atheist students. If you want your child to grow in faith, do not send them here. The only two ways that your child's faith will be altered is in the closing of their mind, or in making them atheist or severely doubt the existence of a God (happened to me and a lot of others).
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 19, 2008

P.C.H.S. is one of the best in Virginia. The teachers and administrative are excellent.Even if a child has a disibility the staff works well with the student.You couldn't ask for a better school than P.C.H.S..
—Submitted by a parent


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College readiness and student pathways

Students typically attend these schools prior to attending this school Our Lady of Mount Carmel School
St. Mary Star of the Sea
Portsmouth Catholic
Colleges most students attend after graduation ODU
UVA
James Madison
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Foreign languages spoken by school staff French
German
Spanish
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Visual arts
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  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • German
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym

Gifted & talented

College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Janine Franklin
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Block scheduling
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Roman catholic
Fax number
  • (757) 952-1038

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Core knowledge
  • Independent Study
  • Virtual school
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Religious
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • German
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Resources

Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
  • Remediation
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 facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer
  • Gym
  • Library
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • Diocese of Richmond
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Sports

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

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Yearbook
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School culture

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  • Uniforms
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  • PC is a college preparatory school whose students have found success beyond their high school years thanks to a strong foundation and high expectations. PC is proud of our Catholic roots, but warmly welcome students from all faith traditions. PS is dedicated to service in the local community, nation-wide, and across the globe. Last year, just over 300 students committed over 11,000 service hours and over $12,000 to those in need. Parents choose Peninsula Catholic because they are prepared to invest in their student’s future, even if it means financial sacrifice (especially in these difficult economic times). PC has a student body that is readily accepting of others and ready to help each other in any way they can. The faculty is dedicated to their students in the classroom and through their involvement with many extra-curricular activities. Each year the administration strives to incorporate new programs and enhance the current offerings so that students have the best chance of success once they leave the halls of PC. There is no doubt that Peninsula Catholic is the finest private school on the Virginia peninsula and this long-standing (108 year) tradition is proof of that.
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Students typically come from these schools
Our Lady of Mount Carmel School
St. Mary Star of the Sea
Portsmouth Catholic

What does it cost?

Financial aid offered
Yes.

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
ODU
UVA
James Madison
College preparation / awareness offered
Community college courses
College prep programs/courses during the year
College presentations or information sessions
SAT/ACT prep classes
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600 Harpersville Road
Newport News, VA 23601
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Phone: (757) 596-7247

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