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. 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.

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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
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedMild to Moderate Learning Differences
Year Founded1906
Summer School OfferedYes

Student Body

Total Students596 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 15%
Students by Grade Catholic Central High School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers36 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio17:1
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 SAT score1141
Average ACT score24
Classroom Dress CodeFormal
(Khaki pants/shorts/plaid skirt and polo/button down)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineDec. 2 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$11,225
Tuition NotesAt 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 DirectorNellie Richthammer
Admissions AssociateKatie Gilbert


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.22 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.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


We are excited to announce that all applicants will apply to Catholic Central with our new online application through our system called onBoard! Please follow the steps below to complete the application process.
  • Click here to create your onBoard account. Visit this same link each time you wish to log into your onBoard account. The application will automatically save as you fill it out.
  • Complete and submit your application through onBoard.
  • For Incoming Freshmen - Catholic Central will no longer be issuing the HSPT in bulk. We will accept the PSAT 8/9, M-STEP or MAP test that you completed during your 8th grade year. Upload your most recent PSAT 8/9, M-STEP or MAP test score results from your 8th grade year to your onBoard account. Please also upload report cards from Grades 6-8 to your onBoard account.
  • For Transfer Students - Please upload your High School Transcript(s) and your most recent quarter or semester report card to your onBoard account.
  • Click here to view helpful step-by-step instructions for creating your onBoard account and submitting the application.*onBoard accounts may only be created for applicants who are considering enrollment for the 2020-2021 school year.
Once you have submitted your application and all of the required academic documentation your application file will be reviewed for Admission. It is likely we will request Parent/Guardian and Student to meet with our review committee before making an admission decision.

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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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