Lancaster Catholic High School

Guided by our core values, the mission of Lancaster Catholic High School is to develop students who are intellectually astute, passionately faithful and socially responsible through a rigorous and balanced educational experience.
We, the Lancaster Catholic High School community, affirm the following: Jesus Christ, the Master Teacher, is the center of all we are and all we do. We are an institution guided by and faithful to the teachings and traditions of the Roman Catholic Church. Each person is a unique creation of an all-loving God. Families have the first responsibility for the education of their children in the faith. It is our calling to assist each student, in cooperation with Divine Providence, to reach his or her full potential in this life and reside with Him eternally in the next. We provide a balanced program of spiritual life, academics, community service, and activities that nurture students holistically. It is vital to provide a meaningful and diverse course of studies, rooted in the classic liberal arts tradition, adaptable to the needs of an ever-changing world. Students guided by constructive counsel and discipline are accountable in the educational process and are responsible for their actions. Each person is called to a life of holiness and faithful stewardship. Each person has a moral and civic responsibility to contribute to society. Families, supporting parishes and schools, and the larger community are our partners in the fulfillment of our mission. Members of the faculty and staff are motivated lifelong learners who strive to model Catholic values. A safe, stable environment is essential to learning. The school should be available to all who embrace our mission and who are willing and capable of maintaining its standards. The school strives to be financially accessible to families who are willing to adhere to these core values.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA)
Religious AffiliationRoman Catholic
Grades OfferedGrades 9-12
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedAutism, Hearing Impairments, Specific Learning Disabilities, Speech and Language Impairments, Traumatic Brain Injury, Visual Impairment, Other Health Impairments
Year Founded1928

Student Body

Total Students555 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 23%
Students by Grade Lancaster Catholic High School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers48 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio12:1
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size13 students
Number of AP Courses17 courses
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Advanced CoursesArt History, Biology, Calbulus BC, Calculus AB, Chemistry, English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition, European History, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Modern Culture of the United States, Music Theory, Physics B, Psychology, U.S. Government, U.S. History
Average SAT score1140
Average ACT score25
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeFormal

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineMar. 1 / Jun. 1
Yearly Tuition Cost$9,800
Tuition Notes$8,800 for Students From Supporting Catholic Parishes. $9,800 for other domestic students. $14,000 for international students.
% on Financial Aid
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorKyla Hockley


Total Sports Offered19 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Bowling, Cheering, Cross Country, Dance, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Weightlifting, Winter Track, WrestlingBaseballBasketball,
Cross CountryDance,
Field HockeyFootball,
Track and FieldVolleyball,
WeightliftingWinter Track,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.38 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Aevidum, Audio/Visual Crew, Chess Nuts, Dance Team, Environmental Club, Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), Global Group, Link Crew, Mini-THON, Mock Trial, Model UN, National Honor Society, Prom Committee, Quiz Bowl, Respect Life Club, Rosmarian-Yearbook, Serteen Club, Student Ambassadors, Student Council, Varsity Club, Writers Anonymous

Arts and Music Programs:
Brass Ensemble, Concert Band, Concert Choir, Fall Play, Guitar Ensemble, Jazz Band, Marching Band, Mass Choir, Mixed Chorus, Orchestra, Pep Band, Percussion Ensemble, Rock Band, Spring Musical, String Ensemble, Vox Pop Acapella, Woodwind Ensemble

School Notes

  •  Something special is taking place in the heart of Lancaster County. Young men and women are sharing a high school experience like no other - a high school experience in a school driven by: A Living Faith, Academic Excellence and The Convergence of Tradition and Innovation. Lancaster Catholic High School was founded in 1928 by the faithful of the Lancaster County Catholic community. Since then, over 10,000 souls have been nourished within the halls of 650 Juliette Avenue. A Lancaster Catholic education is one that is college preparatory, laying the groundwork for post-secondary studies. Even more, a Lancaster Catholic education prepares young men and women for life by instilling in them the recognition of their value as a unique Creation of an all-loving God. This central tenet permeates all that we do - all that we are. Students at Lancaster Catholic are educated, nurtured, guided and formed in a highly supportive community by a faculty and staff who passionately embrace their role in this noble endeavor.The academic experience at Lancaster Catholic is characterized by rigor, "critical thinking" real-world application and readiness. Put simply, a Catholic High graduate possesses the competencies needed to be successful in any post-secondary endeavor of their choosing, with 95% pursuing higher education. At Lancaster Catholic, you are not a number. Our 13:1 student-to-faculty ratio allows students to expand their knowledge individually and our faculty to discover the needs of each student. Lancaster Catholic accepts a diversity of students with one commonality: a commitment to the hard work of academic excellence. There is no room for excuses here! Lancaster Catholic students are consistently among the top students in the region on national tests and in academic competitions. In addition to 45 Honors courses, Lancaster Catholic offers 5 dual credit classes through our partnership with Harrisburg Area Community College and 16 Advanced Placement courses to our students, more than any other secondary school in Lancaster County, public or private. Lancaster Catholic offers a traditional education steeped in the liberal arts. All students complete yearly courses in theology and select from eleven Liberal Arts electives. Additional certifications are available in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and Fine and Performing Arts. Top students may qualify for the National Honor Society and the distinctive honor of graduating as a St. Augustine Scholar. At Lancaster Catholic, theology isn`t just another class and our retreat programs and liturgies are not viewed as extras. Rather, they are an integral part of the Lancaster Catholic experience. The spiritual development of young people is central to what we do - not an afterthought. As our young people face a society rampant with spiritual ambivalence, moral relativism and an overall loss of respect for human life, we ensure that they are equipped with the spiritual, emotional and intellectual maturity to successfully navigate the often troubled waters of young adulthood. At Lancaster Catholic, students encounter the sacred. They are supported in their individual journey of faith through open dialogue, dynamic orthodoxy and pastoral prudence.  Most of all, Lancaster Catholic provides students with something which is noticeably absent from other educational institutions: perspective. At Lancaster Catholic, we share a world-view deeply rooted in our belief in an all-loving and all-powerful God and faithful to the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. These central tenets guide all of our actions and activities. Amen.Student life at Lancaster Catholic is enhanced by our numerous extracurricular offerings. Writers, actors, chess enthusiasts, programmers, leaders, entrepreneurs and more will all find opportunities for expression and personal growth. The clubs and activities not only provide another dimension to the student experience, they also provide the opportunity for leadership. Our activities and clubs are student-formed and student-led. We believe the best way to polish leadership skills is giving our students the opportunity to lead. In a day and age when the Arts seem to be under assault - serving as an easy target for budgetary cuts in schools across the country - Lancaster Catholic stands stronger than ever in our commitment to support them. At Lancaster Catholic, the Fine and Performing Arts are one of the crown jewels of the crusader experience. In fact, we currently offer more programs in music, art and theater than at any time in our school`s history. We firmly believe that young people`s academic, spiritual and personal lives are enriched by their encounter with the beauty, the mystery and the heritage of an Arts-rich curriculum. We offer a full array of courses, ensembles, productions and performance opportunities. Students may earn an additional credential - a Fine and Performing Arts Certificate - by taking a prescribed number of courses and participating in annual productions or performances. Our students compete in local, regional, state and national competitions in chorus, art, orchestra, band, writing, drama and poetry. We are one of only a handful of schools across the country which offers a course in Dramaturgy. In addition to these electives, all students take an Introduction to Humanities course as a graduation requirement.  We are confident that you will find no other school in the county with the ongoing commitment to the Fine and Performing Arts as Lancaster Catholic High School.An effective education draws upon the timeless lessons of the past while integrating the advances of new knowledge. At Lancaster Catholic, we embrace the classic approaches of dialogue and debate, small group discussions and lecture, presentations and projects. At the same time, we make full use of the technological advances available to students and staff. All classrooms are equipped with interactive SMART boards. In 2014, we launched our one-to-one technology initiative by issuing iPads to all students. We have incorporated the iPads into daily classroom routines and the entire building is Wi-Fi enabled. At the start of 2015, our Theology department began integrating digital citizenship and internet safety into their curriculum for all grade levels, at the same time our new responsive design website and first ever mobile app were launched. Other resources include our computer lab, PCs and laptops in the library, expanded electronic resources for student research, our digital photography lab, our broadcasting studio and 3 fully integrated TEAL (Technology-Enabled- Active-Learning) classrooms. Our curriculum offerings are supplemented by a Distance-Learning program. Our Director of Technology Integration assists students and ensures that they stay on track with their course work throughout the school year. A Lancaster Catholic education solidly prepares young people for future academic and professional life. It also equips them to encounter the cultural and personal challenges they may face in their daily lives. This preparation begins by providing students the opportunity to interact with the larger community. Education and preparation for life cannot simply happen within a building. Students in the Christian Service class spend 3 mornings or afternoons per week assisting at a local elementary school, nursing home, hospital or other community organization. Humanities and foreign language classes visit cultural sites in New York City and Washington, D.C. English classes travel to the National Holocaust Museum, Vietnam and World War II Memorials. Summer work camp students have traveled to Baltimore, Charlotte, Wheeling, Madison, New Orleans and Greensboro. Lancaster Catholic students may choose to participate in the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce Women in Business mentoring program and attend the Annual Business Expo. All students explore our Christian call to be of service to others through our Good Samaritan program. The 20 hours of service required annually foster the proclamation of the Gospel within our community.  These experiences more fully prepare our students for their departure from Lancaster Catholic. Whether they arrive on a college campus, enter the military or join the work force, they are equipped with a first-class education and a world-view grounded in faith and service to humanity. We prepare students for the temporal and the eternal.

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