Marquette Catholic Schools Pk-12

Leaders…Contributors…Stewards Welcome to Marquette Catholic Schools where our mission is encouraging lifelong learning that challenges and empowers students to become academically-driven leaders; independent, responsible contributors; and active stewards of the Christian faith.

Quick Stats (2023-24)

  • Top Ranked IA School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-12
  • Enrollment: 291 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $1,560
  • Average class size: 15 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

Marquette Catholic Schools Pk-12 ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Iowa for:

Sports offered
School History

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.
Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Prekindergarten-12
Learning Difference Programs
Year Founded

Student Body

Total Students
291 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 17%
Students by Grade
Marquette Catholic Schools Pk-12 Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
25 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size
15 students
Number of AP Courses
5 courses
List of Courses Offered
Advanced Courses
Calculus I, Calculus II, Human Growth and Development, Psychology, Statistics
Average ACT score
Classroom Dress Code
Dress pants and collared shirt

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
3 year old preschool: $276/sem. 4 year old preschool: Free Grades K-4: $1560 Grade 5: $1615 Grades 6-8: $1700 Grades 9-12: $2840
Admissions Director
Jim Klein
Admissions Associate
Corey Kettmann



Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
17 extracurriculars
Club or Organization:
Battle of Books, Lego League, Math Counts, National Honor Society, Physics Olympics, Quiz Bowl, Science Fair, Spelling Bee, Spirit Club, Student Council, Youth Group

Arts and Music Programs:
Choir, Drama, Speech

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Archery, Cheerleading, Dance

School Notes

  • Marquette Catholic Schools
  • 1868 St. Joseph’s Elementary was established by laymen in
  • 1868. German-speaking children were taught.
  • 1878 Three LaCrosse Franciscans succeeded the lay teachers in 1878. They began with two classrooms and more than one hundred pupils. Children who lived a distance from the school were boarders with the Sisters.
  • 1900 At the turn of the century, the seventy-five-cents per month tuition was discontinued. Henceforth, the parish would pay all school expenses.
  • 1913 The frame four-room high school building constructed in 1886 was enlarged in 1913, used as a grade school, and razed in 1930 to make room for a new elementary and high school building dedicated that year.
  • 1957 Toward the end of the 1950’s a movement to provide better education opportunities for the Catholic high school age students resulted in a number of consolidations in thest joes flowers Dubuque Archdioceses. On July 3, 1956, pastors of the parishes surrounding St. Joseph’s, Bellevue, held a preliminary meeting to discuss the concept of a central Catholic high school to be opened in the fall of 1957. The official incorporation of Marquette Catholic School became effective on September 25, 1956. Overseeing the corporation were Archbishop Leo Binz, Monsignor George Biskup as Archdiocesan Vicar General, Father Frederick C. Bahning as Executive Coordinator and two laity Matthew Manders of Bellevue and Reinhold Steines, Sr. of Springbrook. The initial members of the Council of Administration included the pastors of Sts. Peter and Paul’s, Springbrook, St. John’s, Andrew, St. Joseph’s, Bellevue, St. Catherine’s, St. Donatus, St. Peter’s, Sabula and Sacred Heart, Green Island. January 17, 1957, St. Joseph’s parish made available lot 451, formally part of the playground of St. Joseph’s School, for the site of Marquette 1957the Marquette building. A one story, brick and glass structure of simple design was planned. Ground was broken for the new building in April 1957. Construction of Marquette Catholic School was completed by October 1957 at a total cost of $199,523. Archbishop Leo Binz dedicated and blessed Marquette Catholic School before a large crowd of parishioners, students, and local dignitaries on October 27, 1957. The first faculty at the Marquette High School were comprised of Archdiocesan priests and the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration of La Crosse, Wisconsin. Father Frederick C. Bahning of St. Joseph’s, Bellevue and Father William J. Tiedeman were full-time teachers and Father Richard R. Krapfl of St. Catherine’s, Father Peter M. Graff of St. Donatus and Father Ivan J Boyd of St. Peter’s, Sabula and Sacred Heart, Green Island were part-time teachers. marquette high schoolSister Mary Georgiana Blum was named the first principal of Marquette. Sister Mary Gerardine Bos, Sister Mary Maristelle Massman, Sister Mary Jolene Heue, Sister Mary Rosannita Menke and Sister Mary Edna Wagner made up the rest of the faculty. Enrollment at Marquette varied greatly through the years. One hundred eighty-nine were enrolled the include Holy Rosary parish. As a result, enrollment at Marquette Catholic School increased to 266 and two lay teachers first year. When the Holy Rosary High School in LaMotte closed in 1965, the Marquette Corporation was reorganized to include Holy Rosary parish. As a result, enrollment at Marquette Catholic School increased to 266 and two lay teachers and three religious sisters were added to the faculty. The highest enrollment recorded at Marquette Catholic School was 318 students in 1972 New St. Joes
  • 1964 A ten room building was added in 1964 for use by the elementary school.
  • 1973 St. Joseph’s Elementary School became part of the consolidated K-12 school, Bellevue Area Catholic Consolidated School, in 1973.
  • 1988 A new pitched roof was added to the school during the summer of 1988. A gable was also added to the north Marquette 1988
  • 1996 On December 10, 1996, the Marquette Educational Center (MEC) opened its doors. The gymnasium is part of the Lynch Auditorium, which is named after Fr. Mick Lynch, and includes a stage and four locker rooms. Fr. Mick Lynch, a former principal and a long-time Marquette supporter, along with his father, matched 10% of the money raised by the end of 1998, up to $1,000,000. The new center also features an ICN – Iowa Communications Network room that allows students to attend college accredited courses via video conferencing. The capital campaign, named Commitment to Our Future, raised $900,000 with major support from the community as a whole. Prism, of Keiler, Wisconsin, was the general contractor with help from over fifty students and parents.doors to enhance the appearance of the front entrance.
  • 2003 Marquette Catholic School and St. Joseph’s Elementary School together formed the Bellevue Area Catholic School System which was renamed the Marquette Catholic School System in 2003.
  • 2014-2015 Marquette Schools have embarked on an aggressivethree-phase building project in coordination with Saint Joseph's Parish. Phase one, a new state-of-the-art high school builing was completed in the summer of 2015. Phase two, razing of the "old Saint Joseph's High School" building also was completed in the summer of 2015. Marquette schools are now entering into phase three of the project, which consists of constructing a new building which will house offices, a parish center, a practice gymnasium, cafeteria, and storage areas. Phase three will also see all buildings on campus connected.
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Marquette Catholic Schools Pk-12 cost?
Marquette Catholic Schools Pk-12's tuition is approximately $1,560 for private students.
What sports does Marquette Catholic Schools Pk-12 offer?
Marquette Catholic Schools Pk-12 offers 12 interscholastic sports: Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Cheering, Cross Country, Dance, Football, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Track and Field and Volleyball. Marquette Catholic Schools Pk-12 is ranked as one of the top 20% of private schools in Iowa for most sports offered.
What is Marquette Catholic Schools Pk-12's ranking?
Marquette Catholic Schools Pk-12 ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Iowa for: Least expensive tuition, Most sports offered, Most extracurriculars offered and Oldest founding date.
When is the application deadline for Marquette Catholic Schools Pk-12?
The application deadline for Marquette Catholic Schools Pk-12 is rolling (applications are reviewed as they are received year-round).

School Reviews

Marquette Catholic Schools have been a blessing to myself and my family. The education provided is second to none, and the passion of the teachers is amazing! The sports programs are all unbelievable and it is so much fun watching the teams make it to State in all sports year after year. It has a wonderful variety of extra-curricular opportunities and develops your child into a well-rounded person. This school offers Christ-centered learning at it's best!
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Quick Stats (2023-24)

  • Top Ranked IA School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-12
  • Enrollment: 291 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $1,560
  • Average class size: 15 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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