Cathedral 360: Personalized Educational Experience

Starting in the 2014-2015 school year, Cathedral will introduce Cathedral 360, a comprehensive program designed to create a personalized educational experience for each student.

The Cathedral 360 program integrates all aspects of the school’s unique approach to individual students.

Cathedral 360 incorporates existing programs such as Developmental Assets and the Irish County with new programs such as STEAM classes, Lifelong Connections and leadership development preparing students even more thoroughly for college and career. The program includes increased face-to-face counseling, academic planning, enhanced college counseling, leadership development, faith formation, and co-curricular activities

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Informational Video FAQ

Thank you for wanting to learn more about some of the exciting changes at Cathedral starting this summer. Here are answers to some of our “frequently asked questions” on:

Christian Service

Theology Classes

Leadership Development

Enhanced Counseling



Christian Service

Q: Why are service requirements changing?

A: The call of the Gospel is clear. If we want to go to heaven, we must serve the poor and the vulnerable. Following Jesus’s directives on service as described in Matthew’s Gospel is a tangible way of allowing our students to experience Holy Cross values in action.

Q: Will the number of Christian service hours change?

A: No. Freshman will complete 10 hours of service; sophomores will complete15 hours of service; juniors will complete 20 hours of service; and seniors 25 hours of service.

The total number of hours will not change, but Cathedral activity points will no longer be tracked as a requirement. We hope and expect that students will continue to give back to their school by volunteering to be open house tour guides, helping with the ShamrAuction, and being involved in other philanthropic activities.

Q: Why do students have to interact with those they are serving? What if my student is uncomfortable doing that?

A: Relationships between individuals are vital to meaningful Christian service. This is how we touch hearts in ways that transform lives—both for those we serve and for our students. Facing uncomfortable situations is part of maturity. Parents can work with their students to choose an appropriate service agency. Campus ministry will work with students as needed to help find appropriate organizations.

Q: Where can students do service?

A: Students will choose one service site each year. That can be a homeless shelter, a nursing home, food pantry, or any other organization that directly supports the poor and vulnerable, using Matthew 25 as a guide. We believe that committing time into developing a relationship with one organization and the people it serves will be a more meaningful experience for our students.

Q: How do we select a service site?

A: Campus ministry will create a list of possible sites, including a few with school supervision and transportation. Students and families are encouraged to identify additional sites to submit for approval. 

More questions? Please contact Charlene Witka, campus minister, at or 317.968.7339 or Shannon Fox, campus ministry assistant, at or 317.968.7317.



Q: How are the Archbishop’s guidelines different than what Cathedral has taught in the past?

A: Cathedral’s theology classes have always been in line with the teachings of the Catholic Church and those of the American Bishops. Over the past few years, Catholic school across the nation have been adjusting their theology curriculum to more closely align with the expectations of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops. The new theology classes are part of this ongoing process at Cathedral. 


Leadership Development

Q: Why is leadership is new initiative at Cathedral.

A: It’s not. We’ve always produced leaders—through strong academics, high levels of participation in co-curricular activities, and through philanthropy, service, student government, athletics, and more. Now, we will be more intentional about giving every student at Cathedral the chance to develop his or her leadership skills.

Q: How can every student be a leader? Don’t we have to have followers, too?

A: Cathedral has always given students the opportunities to be what we are calling “Big L” Leaders. Being president of the class, the captain of the team, or the lead in the school play are good examples. What we are focused on now is developing what might be thought of as “small l” leadership—students who may not step forward for very public roles, but nonetheless can be leaders in a classroom, in small group settings, or in one-to-one situations. The point is that by graduation, each student will have been a leader in some capacity and understand what it takes to inspire and encourage others to do their best. We believe these are skills that students will use for a lifetime.

Q: How do students have time for another activity or class?

A: The Irish County System is ideally set up to provide time for leadership development in small, more personal group settings. These County Days are already part of the academic calendar.

Q: What form will Cathedral’s leadership initiative use?

A: We will be basing our program on Dr. Tim Elmore’s Habitudes program. For more information on Dr. Elmore and his work with teenagers and leadership, visit his website, Growing Leaders.


Enhanced Counseling

Q: How will the counseling department change in response to Cathedral 360?

A: The counseling department will be growing and becoming more involved with students starting earlier in the process.

Specifically, we have added two new counselors. Freshmen will be assigned a counselor who will be with them throughout their four years here at Cathedral. This allows the student and counselor to develop a more personal relationship and focus more on each individual student’s goals and progress. Freshmen and their parents will meet with their counselor this summer to get off on the right track from the very beginning. 

Q: Will the counseling office be in the same location?

A: Yes. However, we will be reconfiguring the office to create more of a resource center for students. Now, in addition to senior mailboxes, academic and college counseling, and the registrar’s office, Dr. Greer will have a Student Services office there and Rebecca Heger will counseling on adolescent behavior and healthy choices.



Q: What exactly is STEAM?

A: STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, arts, and math. This is both a class and a way of teaching that emphasizes interdisciplinary problem-solving and creativity.

Q: Who can take the new STEAM class?

A: STEAM I is an elective class for freshmen and sophomores. In subsequent years, we will be adding STEAM II, STEAM III, and STEAM IV.

Q: Can STEAM be taken in place of a traditional math or science class?

A: No. STEAM is meant to supplement our math and science requirements, not replace them.


For answers to additional questions, please contact Julie Barthel, Vice Principal for Curriculum and instruction, at or 317.968.7385.

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