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Students and their families choose SHC for the strength of our academics, our diverse array of cocurricular opportunities and for the warmth of our inclusive and nurturing community. The tenets that SHC was founded upon in 1852 remain today: a commitment to serving San Francisco’s diverse youth and providing an academically rigorous, Catholic education. We are proud of our vibrant, close-knit community, and we all work together to educate today’s youth and create tomorrow’s leaders at our innovative private high school.

Benefits of Studying at a Catholic High School

There are so many types of schools to choose from in the Bay Area; having the benefit of choice can be daunting. Each choice is unique, with its own strengths and weaknesses. If you are considering a Catholic education for your high school student, consider the following points as you weigh your options.

  • Graduation Rate: Students who attend Catholic high schools are more likely to graduate from college. If your child’s goal is to attain a college degree, a Catholic high school education will provide a great foundation.
  • Higher SAT Scores: Students who attend Catholic high schools tend to score higher on the SAT than students who attend other schools. This can be a huge benefit when applying for competitive colleges or scholarships.
  • Higher Math and Reading Scores: Students from Catholic schools tend to have higher scores on math and reading standardized tests, which can translate to higher grades in the corresponding classes. This is a great preparation for more advanced collegiate work.
  • Cost: Catholic high schools have, on average, a lower tuition rate than other private schools, making it a more affordable option for everybody.
  • Service: A Catholic high school education focuses on service towards others and the community. This focus results in compassionate, community-minded graduates.

Choosing the right high school is an important decision. Consider what you want your child’s high school experience to be like, as well as what their goals are after graduation. A Catholic high school can provide an excellent foundation for success in college and beyond.

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