Top 5 Reasons Families Choose Gross Catholic

Why Choose Gross Catholic?

There are so many reasons why students and their families choose Gross Catholic for their high school. Here are the top 5 reasons.

Smaller school where students are known

There’s a sense of belonging at Gross Catholic High School, like no other. It looks like pride and it feels like family. Our students don’t get lost in the crowd. Instead, they’re given access to exciting opportunities to excel both in and out of the classroom.

“Among the most attractive attributes of Gross Catholic, is its size. As a small Catholic High School, Gross offers its students the opportunity to learn and grow in an environment where they are known. Sending my child to Gross gives me peace-of-mind that she is receiving the instruction and support that she needs from teachers who care about her academic success all while still having access to a number of after-school programs and activities that are important to her.”
-Maureen Hiatt, mother of Jane ‘25

Quality education that prepares students for college

We believe in fostering the learning of boys and girls, challenging them and helping them become productive, successful men and women. Our academic programs prepare students for the real world, by providing them with over 100 different course options, dual credit and college courses, and ACT test preparation classes. We educate our students for life by developing them into agents for change. And we demonstrate this by providing innovative excellence in academics that offer them unique opportunities to cultivate their personal talents and acquire the skills that make them lifelong learners and Christian leaders.

“There is no doubt in my mind that Gross Catholic is preparing our son for college and beyond. The best part of that is, the school is not just preparing him academically, but also socially and spiritually. All of which serves him well throughout adulthood. Week after week we see him being challenged by his teachers to live up to his full potential.”
-Mike Nolte, father of Owen ‘23

It was my child’s first choice for high school

We’re honored that so many of our current students selected Gross Catholic as their first choice. Our students are second to none and it shows – through their efforts in the classroom to their contagious school spirit at our many athletic events and activities. They are what make Gross High great, great, best in the Husker state!

“Heading into high school, my son was looking for a fresh start and a school where he could make friends and get involved with lots of different sports and clubs. He also saw the rich tradition of the school and saw how happy others liked it (like his father, godfather, and cousin) and he felt it was a good fit for him.”
-Laura Espejo, mother of Oscar ‘25

I am an alumnus and wanted to continue the legacy with my child

Pajnagar Family Top 5 reasons to choose Gross CatholicGross Catholic alumni are an integral part of the Cougar Family, and we are honored when our alumni choose to send their children to their alma mater. The Gross Catholic High School Alumni Community—over 8,600 strong—are always welcomed to come home again!

“As a proud alumnae, Gross Catholic provided for me a strong foundation academically, socially and spiritually. Knowing that our four children could have those same opportunities in an environment that encourages service, faith and academics…sending them to Gross Catholic is an honor. I am privileged to “come home” again and again through our children and hope they cherish the same infectious Cougar spirit that I carry with me.”
-Cathie Pajnigar ‘95, mother of James ‘22, Thomas ‘22, Ben ‘23, Ava ‘25

Spiritual formation

We believe in providing a supportive family atmosphere where students can explore and enhance their faith, developing values that last a lifetime. Students are educated for service, justice and peace by offering their time and talents in service to God and others. And in addition to Mass attendance, each student participates in 25 mission hours each year, as part of the Marianist Mission Program.

“While we have worked on developing aspects of faith as a family, we believed it was important to provide this opportunity during the day at school with like minded peers. Developing connections among people of faith makes everyone stronger – the notion that steel sharpens steel – especially at this age when peer pressure runs high. It has been a comfort to know that our daughter is in an environment where religious views are formed and expressed.”
-David Drozd, father of Allison ‘22

There you have it! These are the top reasons families choose Gross Catholic! Which one rings true for you?

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About Gross Catholic

Gross Catholic, a co-educational, college preparatory high school, began its proud heritage of academic excellence rooted in the Marianist tradition in 1968. We consider ourselves one of the best Catholic schools in Omaha, Bellevue, and Papillion. The school motto Dux Esto (“Be a Leader”) is at the core of its extraordinary mission, innovative spirit, and fundamental values. The school offers a challenging environment and outstanding quality of life, both in academics and co-curricular activities, with a strong focus on STREAM (Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics) education. The spirit of Christian service and giving back is part of everything the school does. Gross Catholic’s top-tier status is reflected in its talented faculty, staff, and coaches who take great pride in seeing virtually every graduate head to college, often to the most prestigious domestic and international universities and service academies. Together with families and alumni, Gross Catholic forges relationships for a lifetime, helping to ready the next generation to be exemplary, principled leaders of the world.

To discover the Gross Catholic difference, contact us at 402.734.2000 or visit our Admissions page.