Juan Diego Catholic High School

Juan Diego Catholic High School Photo #1 - Juan Diego's 56 acre campus is 20 minutes from ski canyons and Salt Lake City.
Since opening in 1999, Juan Diego has been accessible tofamilies of diverse backgrounds, resulting in halls rich inculture, faith, tradition and experience.
Each student is challenged to expand the breadth of theirknowledge and talents in addition to cultivating a reverence andrespect for every human being.
Our mission is to serve God by providing a challenging academiceducation, rooted in Catholic values and morals in developing thewhole person.
Our motto "Spiritus Donorum" - Spirit of Giving - pervades ourcampus culture of service, philanthropy and social justice.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA)
Northwest Association of Accredited Schools
Religious AffiliationRoman Catholic
Grades OfferedGrades 9-12
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedYes
Year Founded1999
Awards Blue Ribbon School - Selected in 2019

Student Body

Total Students763 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 23%
Students by Grade Juan Diego Catholic High School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers56 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio14:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size25 students
Number of AP Courses21 courses
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Advanced CoursesAP Art History, AP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Chemistry, AP Computer Science A, AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature, AP European History, AP Government & Politics, AP Music Theory, AP Physics B, AP Psychology, AP Spanish, AP Statistics, AP Studio Art: 2D Design, AP US History, Concurrent Economics, Concurrent Human Biology, Concurrent Intro to College Writing, Concurrent US Gov. & Politics, US Comparative
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeFormal
(Purchase uniform at school: khaki pants, oxford shirt (informal dress))

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineJan. 30 / Aug. 1 / rolling
Tuition NotesPlease contact Drew Trost at drewtrost@jdchs.org for more information regarding admissions and tuition.
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant$3,458
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%


Total Sports Offered19 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cheering, Cross Country, Dance, Drill Team, Football, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Mountain Biking, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Weightlifting, WrestlingBaseballBasketball,
CheeringCross Country,
DanceDrill Team,
Ice HockeyLacrosse,
Mountain BikingSoccer,
TennisTrack and Field,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.31 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Academy of Sciences, Yearbook

Club or Organization:
Business Club, Debate, Digital Media/Game Development/Computer, Engineering/Science Olympiad, Environmental, French, Human Rights International, International Student Club, Kairos Retreats, Mock Trial, National Honor Society, Newspaper/Journalism, Peer Ministry, Pre-Med, Robotics, Sci-Fi Club, Student Ambassadors, Student Government, TV Production

Arts and Music Programs:
Art, Band, Chamber Choir, Concert, Dance, Drama, Film Club, Percussion/Drumline, Photo Club

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Ski & Snowboard

School Notes

  • Awarded the National Blue Ribbon in 2019 by the U.S. Departmentof Education being named an Exemplary High Performing School
  • 98% ofgraduates goon to college
  • Graduates earn an average $41,489 in renewable collegescholarships.
  • Located on the 57 acre state-of-the-art, Skaggs Catholic Centercampus, near Salt Lake City and Wasatch mountains.
  • 48 extra-curricular activities including 22 sports (boys,girls, co-ed)
  • Juan Diego students may obtain a special Academy ofSciences designation on their studenttranscripts. Students may enter the Academy of Sciences track ineither their Freshman or Sophomore year, and complete requirementsto receive the Academy of Sciences honor.
  • Juan Diego students may obtain a special Academy ofFine Arts designation on their student transcripts.The Academy of Fine Arts provides four areas of focus: Music,Visual Art, Dance, and Theatre. Each student will be assigned amentor based on their area of focus to guide them through theprocess of completion. Students may enter the Academy of Fine Artsin either their Freshman or Sophomore year, and complete therequirements to receive the Academy of Fine Artsdesignation.
  • AP CapstoneTM is an innovativediploma program from the College Board that equips students withthe independent research, collaborative teamwork, and communicationskills that are increasingly valued by colleges. AP Capstone isbuilt on the foundation of two AP courses - AP Seminar and APResearch - and is designed to comple- ment and enhance thein-depth, discipline-speci c study experienced in other AP courses.In AP Seminar, students investigate real-world issues from multipleperspectives, gathering and analyzing information from varioussources in order to develop credible and valid evidence-basedarguments. In AP Research (JDCHS inaugural offering 2017-18, 12thgrade), students cultivate the skills and discipline necessary toconduct independent research in order to produce and defend ascholarly academic thesis. AP Seminar is a prerequisite for APResearch. Students may not take AP Research without completing APSeminar and all the required assessment components as they will nothave developed the skill necessary to be successful in APResearch.
  • Diverse student population: 34% minority includes Hispanic,Asian, Pacific Island, African and Native American
  • ALL FAITHS WELCOME: 70% Catholic
  • Open enrollment across the Wasatch Front primarily Salt Lakeand Utah Counties
  • High-tech, blended-learning approach to curriculum, integratingdigital devices with traditional pedagogy
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School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (10 reviews)
I am so amazingly grateful to be a teacher at this school. I've been teaching here for 7 years and love it! I used to teach at other schools and I just couldn't do it. JDCHS is the most amazing school I've ever experienced, and I am entirely grateful. Thank you, Mr. Reeder.
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I'm very grateful to have had 3 children go to JDCHS. This is a wonderful school with everything a family, parent and, student could need. I highly recommend it to everyone. Catholic or not they welcome and acomadate everyone. This is a great community for all to get involved in.
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We have loved our experience at Juan Diego. We love the community feel and all of the wonderful traditions that this campus has to offer. We feel that the school offers an excellent education while also promoting extra curricular activities including the arts, athletics and social justice programs. The teachers, faculty and staff are amazing. Our children began in the daycare and we are grateful for their "cradle to college" experience on this campus. We feel so blessed to be a part of this community.
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I have seen students from all types of backgrounds and religions come through Juan Diego's halls. There are countless stories of the caring teachers and coaches that have had such positive effects on student's high school experience. Student's preparation for college and their ability to study and work on long term goals was made part of the dna of Juan Diego graduates. JD's graduates have moved on to the professions and the trades and have had great successes. Best school for the money in Utah.
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Full disclosure: I am the principal of the high school for Juan Diego Catholic schools and have served in this position since we first opened in 1999. I am also a parent of two graduates who attended the schools from kindergarten through grade 12. If you choose our school I think you will find committed parents, dedicated teachers and motivated students engaged in our mission, which is to develop the whole student - body, mind and soul. Our belief is that the most well-rounded students become the most humane adults who help make the world a better place. We welcome families and students of all Faith backgrounds.
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I am so grateful for the 4 years that I spent at JDCHS. After years of struggling both academically and socially in public school, Juan Diego was amazing for me. Like many of my classmate, I am not catholic, I never have been and I still loved attending Mass and morning prayer and all the other moments and the opportunities that came with attending a catholic high school. Juan Diego opened doors for me in life that would not have been possible without this incredible school and its curriculum and reputation. The faculty was all so caring and helpful. They cared about not only your grades, but you as a person, in and out of the class room.
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Our son graduated from Juan Diego a few years ago. As he starts his senior year of college, we feel so pleased that we sent him to JD, tuition and all. It has paid off immensely in the number of college courses he tested out of, the more difficult classes he was well prepared for, and the incredible study habits he developed at Juan Diego. He Is ready for his year ahead and getting an early start on his Masters. A big thank you to the faculty and administrators at Juan Diego.
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Wow! This is an amazing school our children are lucky to attend. The emphasis on academics and preparing them for college is surpassed by none. My oldest recently finished her first year at an out of state university. When she returned for the summer she commented that college was easy thanks to the preparation she received at Juan Diego. The faculty and staff truly care about each child. Not only do our children receive a top education, they also grow both emotionally and spiritually. We are forever grateful.
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There is plenty of activities for all students, from sports to clubs. The administration is very involved with the students and works hard to build the community between the school, parents and students. My children graduated from Juan Diego and were able to get in to their college of choice, one with a full scholarship. Great school!
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One of the greatest things about Juan Diego is that this community is a family. This campus truly feels like "home" to my children with the faculty, staff, and administration taking true individual care of their success as students. I have two JD Alums and one Sophomore. Our Children's counselor is THE. BEST. EVER!!! She was there every step of the way throughout the college process (could not have done it without her!!!!) "Above and Beyond" is how I would describe the attention to detail! I've seen the JD process from start to finish and there is NOTHING I would change about the experience...except for it to not go by as fast. Best 4 years before College!
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