Bishop Watterson High School

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Bishop Watterson High School, inspired by the example of Christ, seeks to challenge and nurture the leaders of the 21st century by providing them with the religious, moral, intellectual, social, and physical skills that they will need to achieve their fullest potential as productive and successful Catholic adults. Bishop Watterson High School endeavors to educate the total person by focusing on the spiritual, intellectual and physical development of the students.
The primary goal is to produce mature, self-disciplined young men and women who have a firm commitment to essential Gospel values, a deep understanding of their rights and responsibilities as Christian citizens, the critical skills necessary to pursue successfully their post-secondary education and chosen careers, and an appreciation of their cultural heritage and artistic achievements.

Quick Stats (2021)

  • Top Ranked OH School
  • Grades: 9-12
  • Students: 906 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $9,745
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 31

Top Rankings

Bishop Watterson High School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Ohio for:

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Attribute
Sports offered

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.
Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades 9-12
ADD/ADHD Support
Yes
Learning Difference Programs
Yes
Learning Programs Supported
mild
Year Founded
1954

Student Body

Total Students
906 students
Student Body Type
Co-ed
% Students of Color
6%
State avg.: 21%
Students by Grade
Bishop Watterson High School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
83 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
11:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
60%
Number of AP Courses
19 courses
List of Courses Offered
Advanced Courses
AP Art History, AP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Chemistry, AP Computer Science A, AP English Literature and Composition, AP French Language and Culture, AP Italian Language and Culture, AP Latin, AP Macroeconomics, AP Microeconomics, AP Physics 1, AP Psychology, AP Spanish Language and Culture, AP Statistics, AP Studio Art 2D, AP Studio Art Drawing, AP United States Government and Politics, AP United States History
Average SAT score
1139
Average ACT score
25
Classroom Dress Code
Formal
(males - black uniform pants, white shirt and tie; females - uniform jumper, white shirt and knee socks)

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
Jan. 31
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Tuition Rates for 2018-19 Participating Member of a Parish, First child: $9,745, Second child: $9,545, Third+ child: $9,345 Non-Participating, First child: $11,195, Second child: $10,995, Third+ child: $10,795Building Facility Fee, $195/student(Your parish determines whether or not you are a participating member. Please inform us in writing (or e-mail) if you have changed your parish of participation.
% on Financial Aid
33%
Admissions Director
Mary Kate Campbell
Endowment Size
$3.4 million

Sports

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
8 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.
Club or Organization:
33 Clubs 2016-17, Choir, Student Council

Arts and Music Programs:
Concert, Fall Drama, Jazz Bands, Marching, Spring Musical

School Notes

  • Bishop Watterson High School is a comprehensive, co-educational, Catholic school for grades 9-12. It is located in a residential area serving the northwest quadrant of Columbus and Franklin County. A large majority of parents are college-educated, business and professional people. Bishop Watterson High School meets all State of Ohio education requirements and is fully accredited by the Department of Education, State of Ohio and the Catholic Diocese of Columbus. Bishop Watterson High School also received the U.S. Department of Education Exemplary School Award.
  • More than 90% of the students are Catholic. Students come from the Columbus City Schools and seven suburban school systems Buckeye Valley, Delaware, Dublin, Hilliard, Olentangy, Upper Arlington, and Worthington.  More than 99% of the graduates enter four-year and two-year colleges and universities.  A typical graduating class will be dispersed to fifty or more colleges throughout the United States.  Many of the top quartile will be attending our country`s most competitive colleges.  
  • The curriculum is college preparatory. The Advanced Placement, honors, and accelerated programs offer those students who qualify the opportunity to follow a stimulating curriculum designed for the academically talented.  Students must apply and meet high academic standards/criteria to be placed into accelerated, honors and Advanced Placement courses.  

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (2 reviews)
5  
Bishop Watterson provided my children with an exceptional well rounded academic experience. They were well prepared for college. Bishop Watterson is a community in every sense of the word. It is a constant at this school to be expected to contribute to the community in which we live! Additionally, students learn skills to be responsible as well as communicate with adults and employers.
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5  
I am a graduate of BWHS in '84. I love Watterson, my 3 children have or are attending BWHS. Upon graduation they are equipped w/ the right skills and education to be successful at the college level. BWHS has more classes available than any other central Ohio Catholic School. So if your child is a slower learner or an advanced learner you will be in the best hands possible w/in the Catholic diocese. The new principal(s) are great and the energy at BWHS is always fun, positive, spiritually based and just an all around great place to be.
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Quick Stats (2021)

  • Top Ranked OH School
  • Grades: 9-12
  • Students: 906 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $9,745
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 31

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The average acceptance rate in Columbus, OH is 86% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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