Frequently Asked Questions

MaryFrequently Asked Questions

Where is the School located?
1201 Airport Road, Bloomington, IL on the east-side of Bloomington near Central Illinois Regional Airport.
When did the School open?
CCHS draws on a rich tradition stretching back to its first graduating class from St. Mary's High School in 1898. In 1968, the high school became known as Central Catholic High School. August of 2003, CCHS moved to its current campus on Airport Road.

What is the average class size?
There are approximately 25 students per class. Specific class size will vary depending on subject matter from 9-28 students. The student to faculty ratio is 16:1.

What is the length of the school day?
The regular school day begins at 8:00 a.m. and ends at 2:40 p.m.

What is the religious affiliation?
Central Catholic High School is a 501(c)3 nonprofit diocesan Catholic high school affiliated with the Diocese of Peoria. Central Catholic High School operates under the jurisdiction of the Board of Trustees and Pastors' Board from the area's 6 Catholic parishes in Bloomington, Normal and Downs.

If I am not Catholic, can I still attend CCHS?
Central Catholic High School is authentically Catholic and open to students of all faiths. The religious curriculum is based on the Roman Catholic doctrine and beliefs. All students are required to take four years of Theology and attend the religious services held at CCHS. There is a tuition difference between parish affiliated Catholic students and non-affiliated students.

Are Advanced Placement courses offered?
AP courses are currently offered in Calculus, Chemistry, English Language and Composition, English Literature, Physics and History. Dual-credit courses are also available through our partnership with Heartland Community College.

What sports are offered?
The following sports are offered: 
Fall Sports – cross country, football, girls' golf, boys' golf, girls' tennis, girls' volleyball, boys' soccer, cheerleading
Winter Sports – boys/girls basketball, cheerleading
Spring Sports – baseball, girls' soccer, boys' tennis, girls' softball, track and field. 
Visit the Athletics section for complete information about athletic offerings at CCHS.

What criteria are used for admissions?
A placement test is required for all incoming freshman to help counselors determine the best path to appropriately challenge students and meet each one's particular needs. If an IEP or 504 plan is in place we will need to review the plan prior to registration to ensure that we have the resources available to help the student achieve success.

How many Christian service hours are required for graduation?
All CCHS students are required to complete at least 5 hours per quarter for a total of at least 80 hours over four years. Visit the Living the Faith webpage of the Faith and Service section for complete details on service opportunities and requirements.

Are uniforms required?
CCHS enforces personal appearance standards and a dress code detailed on page 20 of the student handbook.

What is the tuition for this school year?
The tuition for the 2016-17 school year is $7,245. An additional $1,800 per non-affiliated (not a member of our partner parishes) student will be assessed.

Is financial aid or scholarships available for families who cannot afford the CCHS tuition?
CCHS and the affliated parishes offer aid to parents who would otherwise be unable to send their student to this school. 

Should we apply for Financial Aid?
If financial assistance is needed, families are required to complete both the FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment and consult this form and checklist from the Diocese of Peoria. Applications are to be completed and postmarked by March 15. Any applications received after the due date are put on a waiting list, and will only be processed if there are funds available. FACTS analyzes the family’s size, income, assets, and the state and/or metropolitan area where the family resides to determine how much tuition the family can pay. FACTS processes this information, then sends a report to CCHS listing the families in order of need. Using this information, CCHS and the Pastors determine the amount of assistance for each family. Families will be notified as soon as the awards are finalized.