Facts About Catholic High School
FOUNDED IN 1894 by the religious order of the Brothers of the Sacred Heart, Catholic High School continues today as an independent, Catholic, all-male college preparatory high school accredited by the Quality Assurance Review Team from AdvancED/Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). As indicated in its mission statement, Catholic High School strives to teach gospel values in an environment of academic excellence according to Catholic tradition and the spirit of the Brothers of the Sacred Heart. Designated as a National School of Excellence in 1989, 1993, 1998, 2003 and 2014 by the U.S. Department of Education, the school celebrates 122 years of operation with a current population of 1,114 students in grades 8-12. The senior class of 2017 numbers 233. The faculty consists of 99 members: 45 bachelor’s, 49 master’s and 5 doctoral degrees.
National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence
Catholic High School has been recognized five times by the U.S. Department of Education as a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence.
2014 | 2003 | 1998 | 1993 | 1989
The Blue Ribbon Schools program was established by the U.S. Department of Education in 1982 to recognize outstanding public and private schools across the nation. Blue Ribbon Schools are honored for their excellence in leadership, teaching, curriculum, achievement and parent involvement. Blue Ribbon Schools possess the following:
- High student retention and graduation rates
- Challenging standards and curriculum
- Excellent teaching within an environment that facilitates teacher improvement
- School, family and community partnerships
- High levels of student performance on measures of achievement
OF CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL IS TO TEACH GOSPEL VALUES IN AN ENVIRONMENT OF ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE ACCORDING TO CATHOLIC TRADITION AND THE SPIRIT OF THE BROTHERS OF THE SACRED HEART.
CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL has been recommended for renewal of full accreditation by the Quality Assurance Review Team from AdvancED/Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). The formal report from AdvancED recommending Catholic for full accreditation for five years was completed in June 2013. All accredited schools must go through the renewal review process every five years.
The Review Team, comprised of professional peers with diverse experience and rich contextual perspective, described Catholic as one of the most exceptional high schools in the country and expressed that Catholic, as a community, has many reasons to be proud.
AdvancED is the global leader in advancing excellence in education through continuous improvement, organizational effectiveness and accreditation. This review is an international protocol for institutions committed to providing an environment that increases and sustains student learning as well as stimulates and improves effectiveness and efficiency.
Why Catholic High School?
The Catholic High School tradition involves an apostolate espousing a holistic approach to education rooted in religious values, structured through friendly discipline, nurtured by personal attention and committed to academic excellence.
The educational charism of the Brothers of the Sacred Heart is a unique gift from the Holy Spirit provided for the building of the Kingdom of God through the evangelization of youth. As colleagues in schools conducted according to this charism, we inherit a tradition of quality Catholic education. This tradition stems from the religious commitment, personal dedication, and professional competence of the many Brothers who have devoted themselves to the education of youth. Our tradition in education has developed as each generation of teachers has learned the lessons of experience from previous generations.
While our philosophy and teaching methods share many aspects in common with all of Catholic education, particularly Catholic education directed by religious communities, over the years we have developed a basic educational philosophy and fundamental pedagogical techniques which have become our hallmark. This educational charism is lived out in the attitudes, values, and practices that we have traditionally emphasized. We value our heritage and wish it to continue to play a major part in the role of Catholic education in the future.
We believe in a holistic approach to education. We believe that a young person learns from his or her total experience of the school setting. We attempt to address the religious, academic, social, psychological, physical and cultural development of the young person through the schools programs, courses and policies.
Because we believe that a student learns through his or her experience of the total school environment, we devote ourselves to build within the school a community spirit that is characterized by a pervading influence of Christian values, a strong insistence on an orderly and disciplined atmosphere, a personal approach to education, and a firm commitment to academic excellence.
Catholic High School Alma Mater
We'll be true to you
When storm clouds hover
And when the skies are blue.
Long may you prosper.
May your ills be few.
Dear Alma Mater
We'll be ever true.
Bruin Fight Song
Big Bruin cohorts are cheering, for the Bears will never yield.
This day we're all out for victory no matter the cost
'Cause we'll fight forever 'til the last white line is crossed.