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WHY CHS?

At Catholic High School, learning happens! Whether it is a part of academics, athletics, citizenship, or personal and spiritual growth, learning happens every day! A vital part of the New Iberia community since 1918, Catholic High, a member of the schools of the Diocese of Lafayette, serves families from Iberia, St. Martin, St. Mary, Vermillion, and Lafayette Parishes.  With the unique configuration of grades 4 through 12 on one campus, CHS provides continuity in its educational program and creates bonds between students, parents, faculty, and administration during the child’s years at the school. Committed to bringing academic excellence and Christ-centered values to its students, Catholic High is dedicated to creating confident, self-directed, lifelong learners who keep Christ at the center of their words and actions.

STUDENTS WHO ATTEND CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL BENEFIT FROM:

  • Challenging college preparatory courses, including on-level, honors, dual enrollment, and AP
  • Continuity of curriculum, grades 4 through 12
  • Emphasis on technology integration at all levels
  • Dedicated administration, faculty, and staff
  • Continual teacher professional development and growth
  • Safe, caring, family atmosphere
  • Variety of co- and extracurricular offerings across grades 4 through 12
  • Dynamic religion and theology program
  • Focus on Christ-centered values and service to others
  • Continuation of the Catholic traditions of the Christian Brothers and the Sisters of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel
  • Strong, active alumni support

Carmel Hall is home to our fourth and fifth grade students. This energetic section of campus features interactive whiteboards in all classrooms, a 26-seat computer lab, 3 mobile Chromebook labs, and numerous activities geared toward the academic, spiritual, and social development of our youngest students.

St. Peter’s Hall houses classes for our sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students. Though they may be “in the middle,” these students do really big things in academics, ministry, athletics, extracurriculars, and much more.

High School students in grades 9 through 12 are quite active in de La Salle Hall. Catholic High offers a wide variety of clubs and organizations, both co- and extracurricular, for high school students in addition to the rigorous curriculum.

  • I have the opportunity to play multiple sports, and I don't have to pick just one.

    Aislynne Mitchell CHS Class of 2020
  • I have very good memories of my friends and the school, and I wanted my kids to have the same feeling that I had when I graduated.

    Dr. Shannon Gonsoulin CHS Class of 1985

MINISTRY AND SERVICE

  • High School, Middle School, and Elementary Campus Ministry Teams
  • Grade-level sponsored weekly all-school masses
  • Weekly morning masses
  • Required service and spiritual growth hours
  • Student service organizations

Beyond the Textbook

  • English Poe-a-Tree Day
  • Science Mole Day
  • Foreign Language Days
  • Social Studies Culture Days
  • Music and Band program
  • STEM and Life Skills electives for grades 4-8
  • Cross-curricular field trips, including overnight study tours
  • Ye Olde and Young Ren Fest hosted by Seniors for St. Edward 3rd graders and CHS elementary students
  • Moby Max for grades 4-8

ACADEMIC SUPPORT

  • Peer tutoring offered by National Honor Society and Beta Clubs
  • Math, reading, and speech remediation for grades 4-8
  • Individual Student Needs (ISN) program
  • “Welcome to High School” Night and new student orientations
  • Prospective student shadowing
  • Web-based grade reporting, lesson plans, homework
  • ACT Aspire and ACT test preparation and analysis
  • Dual Enrollment, AP, honors, and regular level courses available

COLLEGE AND CAREER READINESS

  • College Preparatory Curriculum
  • Cross-curricular academic competitions and performances
  • Panther Connect: Alumni Career Day
  • Seniors attend parish and/or state career fairs
  • Summer Reading Program grades 6-12
  • Standardized Testing Program
  • Duke TIP program for applicable students
  • ACT Test Center

DIGITAL LITERACY

  • Focus on digital citizenship at all grade levels
  • Interactive presentation systems in 100% of classrooms
  • BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) program for grades 10-12
  • 1:1 Chromebook Program for freshmen
  • Elementary and Middle School Chromebook Program
  • School-wide G Suite for Education implementation
  • Moodle Course Management System for hybrid high school courses

SCHOOL-HOME CONNECTIONS

  • Weekly family newsletter
  • Panther Pulse News Blog
  • Semi-annual Panther Pause news publication
  • Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram newsfeeds
  • All masses open to families, with special masses dedicated to grandparents, alumni, and Golden Endowees
  • Back to School Nights for Parents
  • Grade Level Parent Nights
  • RenWeb Apps
  • Classroom emails
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