Catholic Central High School

  • 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.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA)
Other school association(s)
Religious AffiliationRoman Catholic
Grades OfferedGrades 9-12
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedMild to Moderate Learning Differences
Year Founded1906
Summer School OfferedYes

Student Body

Total Students632 students
Student Body Typen/a
% Students of Color
State avg.: 15%
Students by GradeCatholic Central High School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers36 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio18:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size18 students
Number of AP Courses14 courses
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Advanced CoursesBiology, Calculus, Capstone, Chemistry, English Language, English Literature, Macroeconomics, Psychology, Research, Seminar, Statistics, US Government & Politics, US History, World History,
Average ACT score25
Classroom Dress CodeFormal
(Khaki pants/shorts/plaid skirt and polo/button down)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineFeb. 1 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$9,000
Tuition NotesCatholic 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 DirectorJackie Stetson
Admissions AssociateMichael Jacob


Total Sports Offered22 sports
SportsAlpine 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.Club or Organization:
Catholic Central Association of Scholarly Science-Fiction Enthusiasts, Chess Team, Debate, Earth Club, French Club, Girls Who Code, Guitar Club, H.O.P.E. (Helping Out People Everywhere), Model United Nations, National Honor Society, Peace Jam, Quiz Bowl, Spanish Club, Students for Life, Studio Club, Writers Group

Arts and Music Programs:
Jazz Band

Recreational Athletic Programs:

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. 
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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Grand Rapids
    Grades: 9-12 | 918 students
    3.3 miles
    2300 Plymouth Ave Se
    Grand Rapids, MI 49506
    3.3 9-12
  • Grand Rapids
    Grades: 9-12 | 474 students
    3.4 miles
    1801 Bristol Ave Nw
    Grand Rapids, MI 49504
    3.4 9-12
  • Grand Rapids
    Grades: PK-12
    4.1 miles
    3101 Leonard Street, NE
    Grand Rapids, MI 49525
    4.1 PK-12
  • Ann Arbor
    Grades: 6-12 | 530 students
    111.1 miles
    850 Greenhills Drive
    Ann Arbor, MI 48105
    111.1 6-12
  • Grosse Pointe
    Grades: PK-12 | 611 students
    145.3 miles
    1045 Cook Road
    Grosse Pointe, MI 48236
    145.3 PK-12

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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The average private school tuition in Grand Rapids, MI is $4,314 for elementary schools and $8,449 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Grand Rapids, MI is 97% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).