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July 15, 2020

Jan Bigalke named principal of Ludington Area Catholic School

Rev. Wayne Wheeler, pastor of St. Simon Parish and canonical administrator of Ludington Area Catholic School, is pleased to announce the hiring of Mrs. Jan Bigalke as the new principal of the school. Mrs. Bigalke began her role on July 6.

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About Our Alliance of Catholic Schools

"Where Christ Illuminates Learning and Life"

Catholic schools in the Diocese of Grand Rapids are an alliance of 31 vibrant learning communities serving more than 6,550 elementary and high school students throughout West Michigan. Our schools inspire young people to grow in Catholic faith and graceachieve more in school and life, develop creativity and character, and feel welcomed and cherished for their unique gifts. We partner with parents to awaken the whole child to a world of light and life—that grows better and brighter when children reach their potential.

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Consider a Catholic Education for Your Child

Dear Friends in Christ,

Children have a mind, a body and a soul. All need care! Catholic schools in the Diocese of Grand Rapids provide such care, educating the whole child for a life of encounter with Jesus Christ. The Catholic faith is more than an hour spent each week in church. Our faith provides the foundation for everything we do.

Christ illuminates learning and life at each of our 26 elementary and five high schools. From preschool through graduation, students in our Catholic schools grow in faith and grace, achieve more in school and life, develop creativity and character, and feel welcomed and cherished.

We invite you to join us! Prayerfully consider a Catholic school near you. Scholarships are offered at the diocesan and parish levels to help make a Catholic school education possible for every family who desires it. Parents are the primary educators of their children in the ways of faith. We look forward to partnering with you in the Catholic formation of your children.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

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Most Reverend David J. Walkowiak
Bishop of Grand Rapids
  David Faber
Superintendent

 


 

Estimados Amigos en Cristo,

Los niños tienen mente, cuerpo y alma. ¡Todos ellos necesitan cuidado! Las escuelas católicas en la Diócesis de Grand Rapids proveen este cuidado, educando al niño en toda su integridad para una vida de encuentro con Jesucristo. La fe católica es algo más que una hora gastada en la Iglesia cada semana. Nuestra fe provee los cimientos para todo lo que hacemos. 

Jesucristo ilumina el aprendizaje y la vida en cada una de nuestras 26 escuelas primarias y 5 secundarias. Desde el pre-escolar hasta la graduación, los estudiantes de nuestras escuelas católicas crecen en fe y gracia, alcanzan más éxito en la escuela y en la vida; desarrollan creatividad y carácter, se sienten bienvenidos y apreciados.

¡Le invitamos a unirse a la causa! Consideren la posibilidad de matricular a sus hijos en una de las escuelas católicas más cercana. Se ofrecen becas a nivel diocesano y parroquial para ayudar a las familias que desean adquirir la educación en una escuela católica. Los padres son los primeros educadores de sus hijos en la fe. Esperamos poder colaborar con usted en la formación católica de sus hijos.  

Sinceramente suyo en Cristo,

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Reverendísimo David J. Walkowiak
Obispo de Grand Rapids
  David Faber
Superintendente

Open House Events

Experience what it’s like to be a student at one of our Catholic schools
when you attend one of our open house events.

Help Share the Benefits of Catholic Education

Help even more families receive the rich benefits of Catholic education. Research shows our students are more likely to attend Mass, practice their faith, and be civically involved and more generous during their lifetime. Consider helping us invite your friends and family to share in this amazing opportunity.

Just fill out a referral form at this link, or email admissions enrollment field consultant Luzia Tartari with the name and contact information of a family you’d like to refer, and we will do the rest. We’ll also keep your name confidential.

Please help us in our mission of bringing the light of Christ to the learning and life of the people you love.

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Curriculum

The curriculum in the Diocese of Grand Rapids upholds the values, morals and teachings of the Catholic Church and defines the academic outcomes expected of our students.

Explore our curriculum standards by visiting this link

Assessments

Standardized assessments are one tool used in our Catholic schools to monitor academic progress. These are considered to be one data point among many that inform us about a student’s progress.  

Diocese of Grand Rapids students consistently outperform the national average in all subject areas at all grade levels in their fall and spring Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessments. The advantage over the national average grows throughout elementary school and especially by the end of middle school, showing that the longer a student attends a Catholic school, the greater the likelihood for academic success and performance above the norm.

2017 measures of academic progress

Diocese of Grand Rapids students take the Assessment of Children/Youth Religious Education (ACRE), an integrated approach to faith knowledge assessment. 

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Find a Catholic School Near You

Apply for Transportation

To help our busy families, the Grand Rapids Area Catholic Schools Transportation Department provides busing in Kent and Ottawa counties. See the image below for a general overview of bus stops near you. To confirm that a stop in your area serves your school, talk with your school or call Transportation Supervisor Maureen Rutka at (616) 246-6470.

To apply for transportation for the 2020-21 school year, click here. (To apply for transportation for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year, click here.)

If your family attends a Catholic school in a different county, please talk with your school about transportation offerings.

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Scholarships

The Diocese of Grand Rapids and each of its 31 schools share the belief that a Catholic education should be available, accessible and affordable to any family that wants to provide their child 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 child in a Catholic school inherently will involve sacrifices on the part of every family. Ultimately, families who commit to Catholic education for their child do so because it is their priority to provide a learning community that supports the faith and values taught at home.

Many families need and receive scholarships for Catholic school tuition. For 2015-16, we distributed more than $4 million in scholarship funds. A variety of scholarship opportunities exist for families choosing Catholic school education for their child. All registered parishioner families, whether currently enrolled or enrolling for the first time, are eligible for the Bishop's Scholarship Fund, school/parish scholarships, and parish support.

Just announced: Faith & Future Scholarship & free tuition giveaways

Beginning fall 2020, every kindergartner, 6th grader, and 9th grader in the diocese’s 31 Catholic schools will be eligible for the Faith & Future Scholarship, worth $100 toward tuition. There is also a bonus of $50 if the student completed 5th or 8th grade at one of the diocese’s Catholic schools, for a total possible scholarship value of up to $150.

To receive the Faith & Future Scholarship, parents of future kindergartners, 6th graders, and 9th graders must complete the scholarship application (available in Spanish here), and subscribe to the CatholicSchools4U.org blog and to the weekly newsletter from digital safety experts Protect Young Eyes, a community partner of Catholic schools in the diocese.

Learn more here.

Bishop's Scholarship Fund

Bishop Walkowiak has greatly increased the amount of available scholarships for diocesan Catholic schools. All families, whether enrolling for the first time or already enrolled, can apply for Bishop's Scholarships. Learn more about the Bishop's Scholarship Fund and Smart Aid application.

Contact your Catholic elementary school and/or Catholic high school for details about the scholarships they may have available to you. In addition, a parish may support a student with a parishioner rate of tuition or parish support.

2019-20 parish support form for all schools except Catholic Central and West Catholic

2019-20 Catholic Central and West Catholic high schools parish support form

2020-21 parish support form for all schools except Catholic Central and West Catholic

2020-21 Catholic Central and West Catholic high schools parish support form

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General Inquiry

Fill out this form, and a Catholic school admissions expert will guide you the rest of the way!

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