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Consider a Catholic Education for Your Children

Greetings in Christ!

A Catholic education is among the best gifts parents can give their children. By making a Catholic education your priority, you witness to your children that your faith is the basis on which you make decisions for their well-being, and you demonstrate that the Lord is the center of your lives and the foundation on which your home is built.

The Diocese of Lansing’s Catholic school system exists to support you in educating your children and instilling in them the Truth of the Catholic faith. The purpose of a Catholic education goes beyond merely preparing students for college or careers. At our 33 schools, students grow in faith, knowledge and service.

Grounded in strong and obvious Catholic identity, each of our schools is committed to developing the whole person, nurturing successful students who also are faithful followers of Christ and servant leaders in their communities. We invite you to learn more about the Catholic schools of the Diocese of Lansing, find a school near you, and enroll your children for the coming school year.

May God bless you and your families!

+Most Rev. Earl Boyea
+Most Rev. Earl Boyea
Bishop of Lansing

Sean Costello
Superintendent
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Blog Updates

Check out how much fun the students at St. John the Evangelist Catholic School in Fenton with the start of their schoold day:

https://www.facebook.com/stjohnfenton/videos/1809571642611665/

Sorting clothes for a homeless shelter, moving heavy office furniture, pulling weeds, reading to elementary students, or talking with elderly patients in a nursing home might not be on an average teenager’s list of things to do during a half-day out of the classroom.

For the nearly 680 students at Powers Catholic High School in Flint, however, Charger Outreach Day on Sept. 21 was more than a chance to escape their desks -- it provided inspiration for their souls.

Nearly 1,000 students, staff, faculty and parents attended the annual Diocese of Lansing Mass for Catholic Schools celebrated by Bishop Boyea on Wednesday, Sept. 21 at St. Mary Cathedral in downtown Lansing. Bishop Boyea reminded the students and all of us of the need to hear Jesus say "Come and follow me!"  

After Mass, many took the opportunity for a pilgrimage during this Holy Year of Mercy, and to walk through the Holy Door.

Just how much does your kids’ class size really matter?

study by Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach at Northwestern University shows that class size alone can make or break much more than your children’s grades—it can affect the rest of their lives.

Over the course of the past year, Bishop Earl Boyea appointed four individuals as the first presidents of our four Catholic high schools when the Diocese of Lansing adopted the president/principal leadership model. Their role is to provide visionary leadership to the school, assuring the success of its organization, fund development and enrollment management. Read more on each president at faithpub.com.

About our school system

Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Lansing

Curriculum

The curriculum in the Diocese of Lansing includes all of the curriculum required by the State of Michigan. In addition, we consider national standards where achievement is significantly higher than average and also include requirements similar to these curricula. Faith integration standards are present in all areas of the curriculum, and standards for Religion are based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

Accreditation

All 33 schools of the Diocese of Lansing are accredited every five years through the Michigan Non-Public Schools Accreditation Association (MNSAA). Accreditation is based on the National Catholic School Standards.

Assessments

Average ACT score across four high schools: 23.7 (National average: 21, State of Michigan average 20.1)

Average third grade math level: 67% proficient/17% advanced (National average: 40% proficient)

Average third grade reading level: 51% proficient/41% advanced (National average: 36% proficient)

Average eighth grade math level: 49% proficient (National average: 34% proficient)

Average eighth grade reading level: 51% proficient/30% advanced (National average: 34% proficient)

Average score on 8th grade Diocesan Theology Exam:
17% = 98%+
41% = 90-98%
29% = 80-90%

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About our Catholic High Schools

The Diocese of Lansing operates four regional, comprehensive, co-educational high schools in Ann Arbor, Flint, Jackson and Lansing, each with unique histories and traditions, but all grounded in one mission:
That Jesus Christ is the reason for these schools, the unseen but ever-present teacher in all its classes, the model of its faculties, and the inspiration for its students.

 

Lansing Catholic School

Lansing Catholic High School

Founded as Lansing Catholic Central High School in 1970, Lansing Catholic brought together the traditions, culture, and alumni of four original schools: St. Mary’s High School (founded in 1904), Resurrection High School (founded in 1939), Msgr. John W. O’Rafferty High School and Msgr. John H. Gabriels High School (both founded in 1963), which consolidated to the former Gabriels campus, where Lansing Catholic remains today. In 2015, the school completed the first phase of a long-term construction and renovation plan that included the opening of its new St. John Paul II Chapel. Lansing Catholic serves 535 students from the Greater Lansing and Mid-Michigan areas.

Lumen Christi Catholic School

Lumen Christi Catholic School

Founded in 1968 to serve the varied educational needs of Catholic youth in the city of Jackson, Lumen Christi Catholic School is committed to the mission of cultivating the whole person, spiritually, mentally, physically, socially and psychologically, to develop in each person an understanding of his or her responsibilities to God, themselves, their families, and the larger community. Beginning in the 2015-2106 school year, Lumen Christi expanded from grades 9-12 to include grades 7 and 8 from the Jackson Catholic Middle School, now housed in one, fully-renovated 172,700 square foot facility.

Powers Catholic High School

Founded in 1970, Powers Catholic High School in Flint, enrolls more than 650 students from its five-county region, and is committed to a tradition of diversity that enables qualified students from all walks of life to obtain an excellent Catholic secondary education. Relocated in 2015 to the fully-renovated former Michigan School for the Deaf and Blind, Powers Catholic now occupies an historical educational facility situated high on a hill overlooking 57 pristine acres of wooded property, just west of downtown Flint. A $15 million investment restored Fay Hall and added 75,000 square feet of space, including a gymnasium, chapel, library, theater and media center.

Fr. Gabriel Richard Catholic High School

Fr. Gabriel Richard Catholic High School

Founded in 1880 and operating for a century as St. Thomas the Apostle School, Fr. Gabriel Richard High School in Ann Arbor, traces its roots to the earliest missions of the Catholic Church in Michigan. In 1980, the school split into an elementary school, which retains the name St. Thomas the Apostle School, and a high school, which was named for Fr. Gabriel Richard, the missionary priest whose legacy includes establishing the first Catholic Church in Michigan in 1701. Relocated in 2003 to its current home adjacent to the pastoral grounds of Domino’s Farms, Fr. Gabriel Richard High School in 2008 was added to Top 50 List of best Catholic high schools in the nation and has been included for seven consecutive years.

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Affording the Choice of Catholic Education

The Diocese of Lansing and each of its 33 schools share the belief that a Catholic education should be available, accessible and affordable to any family that wants to provide their children with a quality education in a strong, Catholic environment.

Our schools deliver an exceptional education at remarkably low and affordable rates; however, the decision to enroll your children in a Catholic school inherently will involve sacrifices on the part of every family. Ultimately, families who commit to Catholic education for their children do so because it is their priority to provide a learning community that supports the faith and values taught in the home.

Many families need and receive financial assistance for Catholic school tuition. For 2014-2015, we distributed more than $397,000 in scholarship funds. The Diocese of Lansing Scholarship program is a need-based assistance program. Need is determined by an independent, third party service, the Private School Aid Service (PSAS), which makes its assessment based on income and tax information. However, PSAS’s application affords families the opportunity to explain any special personal or financial circumstances that might also reflect need, and these may be taken into consideration.

Other types of scholarships and grants also are available, depending on the school or parish. Families are urged to meet with the tuition advisor of the school in which they intend to enroll so that all avenues to financial assistance can be explored.

Applying for Financial Aid

Applications for financial assistance must be submitted to the Private School Aid Service. If mailed, applications must be postmarked by March 1, 2016. A copy of the applicant’s tax return is required with the application. To apply, print and complete the application form or visit your school’s web site or parent portal to apply online.

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Tuition Assistance English
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Online Application Guide

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Find a Catholic School Near You

Open House

Experience what it’s like to be a student at one of our Catholic Schools
when you attend one of our Open House events.

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