We`re a school rooted in the Catholic faith and grounded in the Dominican traditions of study, prayer, community, and service. We are proud to be the oldest co-educational diocesan Catholic high school in the nation, founded in 1906.At Catholic Central, students find the right mix of high academic standards, individual attention, and opportunities to engage in a full spectrum of student life activities, from arts and athletics to clubs and organizations. Our unique, student-centered schedule empowers students and encourages deeper inquiry and more meaningful learning time. Our house system celebrates community and tradition, bringing students together in new and different ways than typical high schools.Parents and students love the supportive, family-like environment found in the CC community and across our campus.

Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Top Ranked MI School
  • Grades: 9-12
  • Enrollment: 578 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $11,850
  • Acceptance rate: 98%
  • Average class size: 23 students
  • Application Deadline: Dec. 1 / rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

Catholic Central High School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Michigan for:

Sports offered
School History

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades 9-12
ADD/ADHD Support
Learning Difference Programs
Learning Programs Supported
Mild to Moderate Learning Differences
Year Founded
Summer School Offered

Student Body

Total Students
578 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 20%
Students by Grade
Catholic Central High School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

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

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
Dec. 1 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
At least 50% of our students receive tuition assistance and we encourage all interested families to apply for tuition assistance. Additionally, we offer several need-based scholarships as well as merit-based scholarships for incoming freshman. You may find scholarship information here: grcatholiccentral.org
% on Financial Aid
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Nellie Richthammer



Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
22 extracurriculars
Club or Organization:
Baking Club, Catholic Central Association of Scholarly Science-Fiction Enthusiasts, Chinese Club, Debate, E-Sports Club, Finance Club, French Club, Men's Group, Mock Trial, Model United Nations, National Honor Society, Peace Jam, Political Discourse, Quiz Bowl, Science Olympiad, Spanish Club, Students for Life, Sustainability Club, UPRISE Volunteer Club, Women's Group, Writers Group

Arts and Music Programs:
Jazz Band

School Notes

  • Not only will you find the high academic standards you`d expect, but also the individualized attention and near limitless opportunities every student deserves. It`s this unique combination, along with our strong foundation in faith, that sets CC apart from every other high-school around.
  • Parents and students alike love the supportive, family-like environment here, as well. There`s a comfort in knowing you are surrounded by others who share the same values and the same desire to be challenged and succeed  both in and out of the classroom, and in life beyond graduation.
  • In fact, this is not a four-year investment. It`s an investment of a lifetime.
  • Click here to view our Campus Video.
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Catholic Central High School cost?

Catholic Central High School's tuition is approximately $11,850 for private students.

What is the acceptance rate of Catholic Central High School?

The acceptance rate of Catholic Central High School is 98%, which is higher than the national average of 95%.

What sports does Catholic Central High School offer?

Catholic Central High School offers 22 interscholastic 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 and Wrestling. Catholic Central High School is ranked as one of the top 20% of private schools in Michigan for most sports offered.

What is Catholic Central High School's ranking?

Catholic Central High School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Michigan for: Largest student body, Most sports offered, Most extracurriculars offered and Oldest founding date.

When is the application deadline for Catholic Central High School?

The application deadline for Catholic Central High School is Dec. 1 / rolling (applications are due on Dec. 1 but additional applications are reviewed year-round as space permits ).

School Calendar

View the Catholic Central High School yearly calendar below.

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (4 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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Top Ranked MI School
  • Grades: 9-12
  • Enrollment: 578 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $11,850
  • Acceptance rate: 98%
  • Average class size: 23 students
  • Application Deadline: Dec. 1 / rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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The average private school tuition in Grand Rapids, MI is $5,892 for elementary schools and $9,816 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Grand Rapids, MI is 95% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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