Catholic Central High School

319 Sheldon Blvd Se
Grand Rapids, MI 49503-0495
Tel: (616)233-5801
Grades: 9-12 | 639 students
Catholic Central High School is rich in both history and tradition. Founded in 1906 by Bishop Henry Richter and the Dominican Sisters, it is the oldest Catholic, coeducational, Diocesan high school in the U.S.  2015 ACT Composite of 24.6 ranks as one of the highest in West Michigan, 100% of our graduates are accepted to a college or university.
  We have many opportunities to make Catholic Central affordable for you and your family, as 43% of families receive tuition assistance.
  As a Catholic High School, we follow and teach the faith daily, however you do not have to be Catholic to attend our school.  20% of our student population do not consider themselves Catholic.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA)
Other school association(s)
Religious Affiliation Roman Catholic
Grades Offered Grades 9-12
Learning Difference Programs Yes
Learning Programs Supported Mild to Moderate Learning Differences
Year Founded 1906

Student Body

Total Students 639 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 19%
Students by Grade Catholic Central High School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 36 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 18:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size 18 students
Number of AP Courses 14 courses
List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses
Advanced Courses Biology, Calculus, Capstone, Chemistry, English Language, English Literature, Macroeconomics, Psychology, Research, Seminar, Statistics, US Government & Politics, US History, World History,
Average ACT score 25
Classroom Dress Code Formal
(Khaki pants/shorts/plaid skirt and polo/button down)

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline Feb. 1 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost $9,000
Tuition Notes Catholic Central offers an array of Financial Aid and Scholarships. In the 2014-2015 school year, we gave families over $1.3 million in Financial Aid. Please call our Admissions director or visit
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant $4,100
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director Jackie Stetson
Admissions Associate Michael Jacob


Total Sports Offered 22 sports
Sports Alpine Skiing, Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Cheering, Crew, Cross Country, Diving, Equestrian, Fencing, Football, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Rugby, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, WrestlingAlpine SkiingBaseball,
Cross CountryDiving,
Ice HockeyLacrosse,
TennisTrack and Field,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 18 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. Catholic Central Association of Scholarly Science-Fiction Enthusiasts, Chess Team, Cyclepaths, Debate, Earth Club, French Club, Girls Who Code, Guitar Club, H.O.P.E. (Helping Out People Everywhere), Jazz Band, Model United Nations, National Honor Society, Peace Jam, Quiz Bowl, Spanish Club, Students for Life, Studio Club, Writers Group Chess Team, Cyclepaths, Debate, Earth Club, French Club, Girls Who Code, Guitar Club, Jazz Band, Peace Jam, Quiz Bowl, Spanish Club, Studio Club, Writers Group, Catholic Central Association of Scholarly Science-Fiction Enthusiasts,
H.O.P.E. (Helping Out People Everywhere),
Model United Nations,
National Honor Society,
Students for Life,

School Notes:

Visit for complete details.
  • 1. Take the High School Placement Test (incoming freshmen only).
  • 2. Apply by completing and submitting the Application for Admission.
  • 3. Enroll at Catholic Central by submitting the required paperwork from your acceptance packet and the $100 enrollment fee to the Business Office.
  • 4. Register for classes with the Guidance Office. Course registration takes place in March and April. 

Profile last updated: 10/14/2015

Nearby Private Schools:

The nearest high school is The Potter's House (1.8 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Living Stones Academy (1.4 miles away)
The nearest preschool is Living Stones Academy (1.4 miles away)
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School Reviews

I am alumni of Catholic Central High School. This was a high quality school when I graduated back in the early 2000's and I am amazed and proud of where it is today. The programs and course offerings extend to those that are high achieving to those that need learning support. They offer just as many varsity sports as those schools that have three times their population. The fine arts program is award winning and continues to impress. Students have opportunities to grow in their faith with retreats and weekly Liturgy at the Cathedral of St. Andrew. I have lived in other major cities around the mid-west and Catholic Central High School is amongst the best secondary education you can find.
- Posted by Student/Alumni, 05/12/15
Catholic Central High School provides all students with the opportunity to challenge themselves academically, spiritually, athletically, and socially in a Christ centered environment. As an alumni, I am proud be a part of the teaching staff.
- Posted by Teacher, 05/12/15
The academics at Catholic Central are second to none among high schools in West Michigan. Students are extremely well prepared for college and the next step in their lives. The teachers are very accommodating to all the students and willing to provide all the necessary help for students to have success. The teachers are demanding and push students to achieve great things. Extracurricular activities are awesome. Athletics and the arts are as plentiful as the local schools with 3000 students. Participation in all of them is higher then any other school around. Facilities are now in the process of matching every first class experience this school has to offer. The school and athletic facilities are going through major planning for upgrades and will be the best when done.
- Posted by Parent, 05/12/15
Catholic Central is a great school , we are blessed to have a defined mission and plenty of resources to accomplish that mission. We have kind, caring and hardworking students and parents that are involved in their children's eduction.
- Posted by Teacher, 05/12/15

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