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Academic Profile

The Mission

Cathedral, a premier Catholic high school in the Holy Cross tradition, transforms a diverse group of students spiritually, intellectually, socially, emotionally, and physically to have the competence to see and the courage to act.


Cathedral is accredited by the State of Indiana, the Independent Schools Association of the Central States and the North Central Association.


1262 students in grades 9 through 12 from Marion County and seven other Central Indiana counties. Students attended approximately 144 different schools before entering Cathedral. In the 2015-2016 student body, 25 percent are students of color and approximately 73 percent are Catholic.


Ninety-six faculty members have an average of more than 19+ years of teaching experience, with the majority holding advanced degrees. With a student-teacher ratio of 13:1, a highly personalized approach to learning is maintained. The average class size is 17.4 students.


There are 11 academic departments providing more than 200 course offerings.  Three instructional levels are offered—honors, academic and college preparatory—as well as honors-level independent study in nearly all disciplines.

The Language Support Program (LSP) is available to meet the special needs of the bright, college-bound student with specific language-based learning differences.  In this program, courses are taught at the academic level of instruction with appropriate accommodations. During the junior and senior year, all LSP students enroll in IB English.

Cathedral offers 27 Advanced Placement (AP) courses and a full International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma as well as IB certificates in many subjects.

Students in the class of 2016 are required to obtain the following 50 credits (one credit equals the successful completion of one semester of course work):

Biology 2                             Health Education 1                  Theology 8             

Composition 1                     Mathematics 8                          U.S. History 2                      

Economics 1                        Other Electives 1                      World History 2

English 8                              Physical Education 2                World Languages 4

Fine Arts 2                           Science Electives 4                 

Government 1                      Speech or Debate 1                                                 

Test Data for 2015-16:


  • Average Critical Reading: 554
  • Average Math: 557
  • Average Writing: 528


  • Composite Average: 25

AP Exams   

  • Over the past two years, 739 students took 1475 Advanced Placement exams. 61.2% earned a score of 3 or higher.

IB Exams   

  • Over the past two years, 160 International Baccalaureate exams were administered, and 108 earned a passing rate (score of 4 or higher).

Courses Offered in Core Subjects

  • Students are encouraged to design coursework after Indiana's Core 40 with Academic Honors or Core 40 programs.
  • *Pre-engineering, Robotics (Introduction and Competition) and STEM courses are now available as part of the curriculum.


  • AP Language & Composition
  • AP Literature & Composition
  • English 11, IB
  • English 12, IB
  • ACP English Dual Credit
  • Composition
  • Creative Writing
  • Debate
  • Debate (Advanced)
  • Drama in Literature
  • English (9, 10, 11, 12)
  • Etymology
  • Film Studies
  • In Our Village
  • Journalism 1 (Introduction to Newspaper or Introduction to Yearbook)
  • Journalism 2 (Newspaper or Yearbook)
  • Speech
  • Speech (Advanced)
  • Themes in Sports Literature

World Languages

  • Chinese I, II, III
  • French I, II, III (IB), IV (IB), AP French V
  • German I, II, III (IB), IV (IB), AP German V
  • Latin I, II, III (IB), IV (IB), AP Latin V
  • Spanish I, II, III (IB), IV (IB), AP Spanish V, AP Spanish VI


  • AP Calculus AB
  • AP Calculus BC
  • AP Statistics
  • IB Math
  • Algebra (I, II)
  • Geometry
  • Pre-Calculus


  • Advanced Physics (college credit)
  • AP Biology
  • AP Chemistry
  • Biology, IB
  • Chemistry, IB
  • Exercise Science, IB
  • Physics, IB
  • Anatomy & Physiology I & II
  • Astronomy
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Earth/Space Science
  • Environmental Science:
    • Research in the Global Environment
  • Environmental Science:
    • Sustainability
  • Forensic Science
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Physical Science
  • Physics
  • Scientific Research
  • Zoology (vertebrate and invertebrate)

Social Studies

  • AP European History
  • AP Human Geography
  • AP Macroeconomics
  • AP Microeconomics
  • AP Psychology
  • AP U.S. Government & Politics
  • AP U.S. Government & Politics- We the People
  • AP World History
  • IB History of the Americas
  • IB Psychology
  • IB Economics
  • ACP United States History--Dual Credit
  • International Relations
  • Drug & Alcohol Issues
  • Economics
  • Government
  • Law Education
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • United States History
  • World History

Grading Scale and GPA

The grade point average is computed by dividing the total grade points each semester by the number of classes taken which carry grade points. Courses not taken at Cathedral High School are not included in this computation.  The honors and academic courses, which are significantly more demanding, are weighted (see below).

Cathedral High School does NOT rank its students.

 Grade Scale Honors Pts.Academic Pts. College Prep Pts. 
 A (93-100) 4.67 4.25 4.0
 B+ (91-92) 4.0 3.58 3.33
 B (85-90) 3.67 3.25 3.0
 C+ (83-84) 3.0 2.58 2.33
 C (77-83) 2.67 2.25 2.0
 D+ (75-76) 2.0 1.58 1.33
 D (70-74) 1.67 1.25 1.0

College Selection

Approximately 99 percent of the students from the class of 2015 enrolled in colleges and universities across the country. They were accepted at the following institution

Alabama A&M University

Alma College

American University

Anderson University

Arizona State University

Auburn University

Ave Maria University

Baldwin Wallace University

Ball State University

Baylor University

Bellarmine University

Belmont University

Berklee College of Music

Boston College

Boston University

Bowling Green State University

Bradley University

Brescia University

Butler University

Carnegie Mellon University

Carthage College

Case Western Reserve University

Cedarville University

Central Michigan University

Central State University

Centre College

Clark Atlanta University

Clark University

Cleary University

Clemson University

Coastal Carolina University

Colgate University

College of Charleston

Colorado State University

Columbia College Chicago

Concordia University

Creighton University

Dartmouth College

Davidson College

Denison University

DePaul University

DePauw University

Dillard University

Drexel University

Duquesne University

East Carolina University

Eastern Illinois University

Eastern Michigan University

Edgewood College

Elmhurst College

Elon University

Ferris State University

Florida A&M University

Florida Gulf Coast University

Fordham University

Franklin College

Georgetown University

Georgia Institute of Technology

Georgia State University

Grace College

Grand Canyon University

Greenville College

Hanover College

Hawaii Pacific University

High Point University

Hillsdale College

Hiram College

Hofstra University

Holy Cross College

Hope College

Howard University

Huntingdon College

Illinois State University

Indiana State University

Indiana Tech

Indiana University

Indiana University South Bend

IUPU- Fort Wayne

IUPU- Indianapolis

Ithaca College

Ivy Tech State College

Jackson State University

John Cabot University

John Carroll University

Kentucky State University

Kenyon College

Lincoln University

Lourdes University

Loyola University Chicago

Loyola University New Orleans

Lynn University

Manchester University

Marian University

Marietta College

Marquette University

Mercyhurst University

Messiah College

Miami University

Michigan State University

Michigan Technological University

Millikin University

Mississippi State University

Mississippi Valley State University

Morehead State University

Morehouse College

Mount St. Joseph University

New York University

North Carolina A&T State University

North Carolina State University

Northeastern University

Northern Kentucky University

Northern Michigan University

Northwestern University

Oberlin College

Ohio Dominican University

Ohio University

Ohio Wesleyan University

Olivet Nazarene University

Otterbein University

Pace University

Parkland College

Pepperdine University

Philadelphia University

Pratt Institute

Purdue University

Purdue University North Central

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Rhodes College

Rollins College

Roosevelt University

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

Saint Louis University

Saint Mary's College

Sarah Lawrence College

Savannah State University

Seton Hall University

Sewanee: The University of the South

Southern Illinois University

Southern Methodist University

St. Edward's University

Stanford University

Syracuse University

Taylor University

Tennessee State University

Texas A&M University

The Citadel

The College of Wooster

The George Washington University

The New School

The Ohio State University

The University of Akron

The University of Alabama

The University of Alabama at Birmingham

The University of Alabama in Huntsville

The University of Arizona

The University of Georgia

The University of Iowa

The University of Memphis

The University of North Carolina

The University of Tampa

The University of Texas

The University of the Arts

Tiffin University

Trine University

Tulane University

United States Air Force Academy

United States Military Academy

University of Cincinnati

University of Colorado at Boulder

University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

University of Colorado at Denver

University of Dayton

University of Denver

University of Evansville

University of Florida

University of Hawaii at Hilo

University of Hawaii at Manoa

University of Indianapolis

University of Kansas

University of Kentucky

University of Louisville

University of Massachusetts

University of Miami

University of Michigan

University of Minnesota

University of Mississippi

University of Missouri Columbia

University of Mount Union

University of Nebraska at Lincoln

University of Notre Dame

University of Oklahoma

University of Pennsylvania

University of Richmond

University of San Diego

University of South Carolina

University of Southern California

University of Southern Indiana

University of St. Francis

University of Tennessee, Martin

University of Toledo

University of Vermont

University of Wisconsin

Valparaiso University

Villanova University

Vincennes University

Virginia Military Institute

Voorhees College

Wabash College

Wake Forest University

Washington University in St. Louis

Wayne State University

Webster University

Western Kentucky University

Western Michigan University

Wittenberg University

Xavier University

Xavier University of Louisiana


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