Why Choose Us

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We Work to Help Your Child Achieve
At Bishop Heelan Catholic Schools we focus on academic effort, faith, activities, discipline, and service to others in a family-focused, nurturing environment. We are blessed with dedicated faculty members and committed parents who support their children's 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 graduating class included 3 National Merit Scholars.
• Heelan girls and boys teams are competitive and many qualify for state competition.
Our show choirs earn trophies and the 2020 Marching Band, Jazz Band and Concert Bands all  earned No. 1 ratings.

• Colleges offered our 2020 grads $12 million in academic and athletic scholarships.
• Over 81% of our 2020 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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