Why Choose Us

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We Work to Help Your Child Achieve
At Bishop Heelan Catholic Schools our students are educated with a focus on strong academics, faith, activities, discipline and service to others. Your child will learn in a safe, supportive and nurturing environment. Our dedicated faculty members and committed parents support success in and outside the classroom.

Elementary Schools Enjoy Success
• Our test scores consistently rank high in reading, mathematics, and science.
• Nearly 1100 PK-8th students grow in their Catholic faith every year.
• Students in grades 5-8 join high school students each year to support our “Then Feed Just One” program for the poor in Honduras. Students have assembled 1.2 million meals. 
• Our preschools at Holy Cross School, Sacred Heart and Mater Dei schools nurture young children for a great start in kindergarten.

High School Progress
• Students are now learning in our beautiful high school.
• Our high school juniors scored 95% proficient or higher in reading, mathematics, and science on the Iowa Assessments.
• Our 2020 and 2022 graduating classes include 5 National Merit Scholars.
• Heelan girls and boys teams are competitive and many qualify for state competition.
Our show choirs earn trophies and Marching Band, Jazz Band and Concert Bands shine in competitions. 

• Colleges offered our 2022 grads $12 million in academic and athletic scholarships.
• Over 81% of our 2022 graduates were awarded scholarships for college.
We offer 55 merit scholarships for Heelan tuition to reward student achievement.  
• We provide Guadalupe awards to promising students of Hispanic descent.



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