Why Catholic Schools?

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Our schools are grounded with the teachings and principles of the Catholic faith. Students learn and receive sacraments, attend weekly Mass, begin each day in prayer, attend spiritual retreats, go on life changing trips like the March for Life and World Youth Day, discuss faith questions with teachers and clergy and women religious, pray for their fellow students, and think every day about how they can help others. It’s this emphasis on faith that helps our students to think and live selflessly, put on the face of Christ to those in need, and be a role model to others.


Our Catholic school students perform thousands of service hours every year in their communities. In addition, our schools raise money and food donations for organizations and people in need. Whether it’s helping stock food pantries, supporting crisis pregnancy centers, hosting toy drives, and volunteering in soup kitchens, homeless shelters, or visiting the sick and elderly, our students in all our schools have a sense of service engrained in their heart, and they are called to live out that service in their communities.


Our students learn in a close-knit classroom environment, grounded in our Catholic faith. Our professional teachers and staff have shown a distinct ability to connect with our students to ensure they grow into disciples of Jesus Christ. Students who transition from our Catholic grade schools to our Catholic high schools are uniquely prepared, not only for the rigorous academic challenges but they have also become servants in their communities.

Arts and Clubs

Our schools provide students with the opportunities to explore their passions in the arts through theater, musicals, band, choir, and dance. They can also participate in numerous clubs, including: robotics, chess, broadcasting, scholastic bowl, art club, National Honor Society/Junior National Honor Society, debate, science, speech, drama, engineering, pep club, foreign language clubs, math team, speech competitions, photography, and science fairs.


Our schools offer sports programs to both males and females. Many of our schools are consistently competing in regional and state championships and are known statewide for their athletic prowess. Many of our high school athletes receive scholarships for their talents developed through their Catholic school.


Smaller class sizes create a better learning environment, one that is more centered on each individual student.

Our Student-Teacher Ratio is

Why Catholic High School?

A good college helps set-up a successful career.
Our high schools set up those colleges.



Each year, our seven high schools receive tens of millions of dollars in scholarship money. The 2019 graduating class was offered $39,316,992 in scholarships. Our students are attending prestigious universities around the country such as the Universities of Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Wisconsin, Texas, Alabama, Kentucky, University of Notre Dame, Baylor, Ava Maria University, and Benedictine University.




The average ACT score is consistently higher than the state average.




Nearly 100,000 hours of service hours are performed.




100% of our seniors graduate compared to 85% of students across the state who graduate in four years.

Hear why our parents and students love their
Catholic school experience

I love that Christ is the center of everything at our school. Catholic education is so much more than just a ‘daily religion class’. Christ is filtered in throughout the day, all the time, in big ways and small ways. I love that my kids are learning to include Him in their lives, not just during ‘designated church times’, but all day and all night. There’s no better way I can help prepare them for the troubles and challenges of life than to raise them in an environment so focused on Christ.

Andrea Wright

Parent / Sacred Heart School

A Catholic school education means being able to learn in a safe, welcoming and holy environment. A place where I can pray with my teachers and classmates without any judgement.

Campus ministry student

Marquette Catholic High School

I feel extremely blessed to have been given so many opportunities to grow in my faith in catholic schools. Since grade school, I have participated in youth groups that have helped me not only develop my relationship with God, but also build my relationships with my classmates and others. I am fortunate to be able to include my faith in all facets of my school experience.

Meredith Siebers

Student / Quincy Notre Dame H.S.

Catholic education is about so much more than school and education. For certain, we value the quality of the academics and school experience. More importantly, we know that the time our kids spend in school is helping them to grow in faith, character, and virtue.  As the ‘first teachers’ of our children in the faith, we know that the teachers and staff in the school are our coworkers and partners in this mission, helping to reinforce all that we are working hard to do at home.


Mike Christie

Parent / Blessed Sacrament School