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. 2018 ACT Composite of 25.4 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 50% 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.

Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • Top Ranked MI School
  • Grades: 9-12
  • Students: 547 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $11,850
  • Acceptance rate: 98%
  • Average class size: 23 students
  • Application Deadline: Dec. 1 / rolling

Top Rankings

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

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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
547 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:
% 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.
Profile last updated: 07/27/2021

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 (2021-22)

  • Top Ranked MI School
  • Grades: 9-12
  • Students: 547 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $11,850
  • Acceptance rate: 98%
  • Average class size: 23 students
  • Application Deadline: Dec. 1 / rolling

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The average private school tuition in Grand Rapids, MI is $5,763 for elementary schools and $9,638 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
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