Why would I go to an all boys school?
At Cathedral from 8 am to 3 pm our students have a break from some of the most stressful and challenging dynamics of adolescence. Students are free to be themselves without trying to impress or compete for the attention of others. Cathedral men are challenged to distinguish themselves through their work in the classroom, in their extracurricular activities, in athletics, and in service to their communities. If you ask most of our students about this being an all boys school, they will tell you that it is no longer a concern after the first month of freshmen year.
Are there athletic scholarships?
No we do not. In a school with nearly 500 students we field ten different varsity level sports teams. We have some excellent athletic programs that compete at the highest levels. Cathedral encourages a proper perspective in our student-athletes. They are students first and excellent ones at that. We see an athletic experience as an extension of the classroom in the formative development of a young man. It is an experience that will serve him for the rest of his life. We are about developing well-rounded young men, giving them options for their future and, thus, we affirm and reward aid for students based only on financial need.
Can't I get the same education at another school?
We cannot speak for what other schools offer but we can share the one-of-a-kind dynamic education experience that is a Cathedral education. At CHS we challenge young men to delay gratification, work hard, persevere, live lives in service to others; all through a rigorous Catholic college preparatory education. We believe that a Cathedral education is unique and it is not just a great place to prepare for the future but a great place to thrive in the present.
I'm not Catholic, will I feel welcomed?
Most definitely yes. As a Christian, Catholic, and Lasallian school, we learn, teach, and live with eyes of faith. We believe that all intellectual pursuits can be amplified and enlivened through considering its relationship to our Christian Faith.
Our school is founded on the life and ministry of the Patron Saint of Teachers, Saint John Baptist de la Salle. His life's work is inspired by the Gospel of Jesus Christ through which compelled him to establish schools that offered an edifying, relevant, and challenging curriculum to any student regardless of circumstances. Over three and a half centuries later, Cathedral High School continues that mission.
We are unapologetically Christian, Catholic and Lasallian. We live our faith in humility and open our doors to students and families of all faith backgrounds, believing that it is a rich opportunity for us both to grow in love and understanding.
Students are required to enroll in four years of Religion coursework, where they will be taught about the central tenets of our Catholic Faith. We believe this is also a rich opportunity for our brothers and sisters who worship in different denominations as well as our neighbors who adhere to another faith, to grow and develop in a comprehensive worldview. This is a great place to lay a foundation by which to evaluated different ways of thinking as our students prepare to go out into the world.
How can I afford to send my son to Cathedral?
CHS is committed to helping families who desire and work for a Catholic education, to obtain one for their son. All candidates for financial assistance must apply through the FACTS program which informs CHS about the family's financial need. As far as we are able, we assist as many families, as much as possible. You must register to be considered and funds are awarded upon the student's registration. It is in the best interest of the family to register and apply early, before the funds have been distributed. Currently, students may also apply for scholarships from the LQVQ Endowment and the Miles Foundations.
College is already too expensive. Why should I spend money on high school as well?
Last year the Class of 2011 graduated with 3,520 hours of college credit. Cathedral had thirty-three students earn their associates degree before they received their high school diploma. We also had Five Gates Millennium Scholars who have the promise of a full tuition scholarship through graduate school. If you are a diligent student with aptitude, Cathedral is a sound investment for right now. It not only prepares students for a successful college education and life experiences but it begins that process long before you ever leave our halls.