An Integral, Quality Education
At Gross Catholic, the core of our mission is to foster the learning of boys and girls, challenge them, and help them to become productive and successful men and women working together in the real world.
Our college prep curriculum is top-notch! Check out our Curriculum Guide, which includes 170 different courses in 14 academic departments. Also, take a look at our Course Flow Charts. These charts help students identify the correct course to take in specific subject areas. Additionally, one can find out any other information needed in our Student Handbook.
Our bring your own device (BYOD) technology program gets students ready for college and beyond.
Gross Catholic has a caring and dedicated faculty. Over 74% of our teachers hold advanced degrees in their teaching field. We are a school where your student will get the attention they need. The student to teacher ratio is 14:1.
Academics are supported by our Guidance and Counseling Department, which includes superior college counseling.
Dual Enrollment and AP Courses
Our dual enrollment program that provides the opportunity for qualifying sophomores, juniors and seniors at Gross Catholic High School to take college-level courses. Dual enrollment gives students at Gross Catholic an added advantage in the college admissions process by preparing them for the rigors of college coursework and awarding them credits that count toward their degree. Students who participate in the dual enrollment program at Gross Catholic get to meet college professors and staff and have the opportunity to adjust to the academic rigor of college classes while still in high school.
Dual enrollment programs can provide a highly valuable learning experience for high school students. Performing well in college courses while still in high school strengthens a student’s aspirations as well as their confidence in their academic success. College admission staff consider dual enrollment grades during the admissions process. Students who earn good grades in dual enrollment classes have a competitive edge over their peers when applying to colleges. By successfully completing a dual enrollment class, students demonstrate that they are capable of handling college level coursework. Dual enrollment credit is awarded as long as you pass the course.
Students will also have the option to take the AP test if preferred to by the college they will be attending. The AP program — offered by the College Board — allows students to earn college credit for taking high school classes. Students can take AP classes in areas, including English, social science, math, and various languages. At the end of the year, students take the relevant AP test for their subject, thereby earning college credit. The College Board scores AP exams on a 1-5 scale. These exams are scored by a team of AP teachers and college professors who teach in the subject area. The College Board considers a 3 to be a passing score, and many colleges grant credit for scores of 3 or higher.
College tuition has increased exponentially in the last decade, making attending college one of the largest and most expensive investments an individual can make. By enrolling in dual enrollment courses and AP courses, students can save a substantial amount of money on their higher education. Dual enrollment and AP programs can also expedite degree completion.
Our Gross Catholic students attend college and universities or enlist in the military without fail. Our last three graduating classes were awarded college scholarships totaling over $24 Million, with an average award of over $122,000 per student. 33% of these college scholarships awarded in the last year, were full-tuition offers.
The STREAM Academy includes a Math and Computer Science track. This track includes a complete plan for students with requirements starting in their freshman year and continuing through their senior year. Classes are offered at Gross Catholic with the added component of dual enrollment and either a year-long field experience or a year-long Capstone Project.
The Health Sciences Career Academy includes a nursing track and an athletic training track that begins during junior year and continues through senior year. This academy also includes dual-enrollment classes. In their senior year, students gain field experience with our CHI Health partnership. The Healthcare Academy also includes an Athletic Training track that begins in the fall of the 2022-2023 school year.
Your student deserves a Gross Catholic education!