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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.


There are 1,180 students (595 males and 595 females) in grades 9 through 12 from Marion County and its seven surrounding counties. Students attended approximately 155 different schools before entering Cathedral. Of the 1,180 students, 29 percent are students of color and 73 percent are Catholic. 


Ninety-two faculty members have an average of more than 19.6 years of teaching experience, with the majority holding advanced degrees. With a student-teacher ratio of 12:8, a highly personalized approach to learning is maintained. The average class size is 17.6 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.

Cathedral's Learning Resource Center (LRC) incorporating our renowned Language Support Program (LSP) is designed to meet the needs of bright, college-bound students with diagnosed learning differences such as ADD, ADHD, dyslexia, and autism-spectrum disorder. 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 28 Advanced Placement (AP) courses and a full International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma as well as IB certificates in many subjects.

Cathedral also offers her students the opportunity to receive college course credit in 17 courses through dual credit programs at Indiana University Bloomington and Ivy Tech Community College. 

Students in the class of 2018 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 2016-2017:


  • Average Critical Reading
    • Indiana: 542      Cathedral: 586
  • Average Math
    • Indiana: 532      Cathedral: 587


  • Average Composite
    • Indiana: 22.6     Cathedral: 24.5

AP Exams   

In the 2016-2017 school year, Cathedral had 37 AP Scholars, 17 of which were AP Scholars with Honor,  25 Scholars of Distinction, and 1 National AP Scholar. 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

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