West Catholic High School is a college preparatory school, honored since 2007 as one of the top Catholic high schools in the United States by the Cardinal Newman Society. West Catholic has also been named one of the most challenging private schools in the United States by the Washington Post three years running.
West Catholic is located on a sprawling 42-acre campus in the northwest corner of Grand Rapids, Michigan. The campus hosts beautifully updated athletic facilities and an on-site observatory, developed and designed by the 2012-2013 pre-engineering class. The school will also complete a brand new Academic Learning Center in Fall 2017.
Sports and Arts
West Catholic’s athletic program provides comprehensive opportunities with over 20 varsity sports, enabling international student-athletes to have a true American high school sports team experience. West Catholic art students are offered several choices of electives. The award-winning marching band performs many times throughout the year at festivals, parades, and sporting events. West Catholic Theatre also performs three plays each year, including a spring musical.
Grand Rapids is the second largest city in Michigan, and it is only 45 minutes from Lake Michigan. Students can easily find world-renowned art, museums and historic sites in the Grand Rapids area. The vibrant downtown is between Chicago and Cleveland; Grand Rapids has all the benefits of a big city with none of the hassle.
Location Grand Rapids is a 40-minute drive from the beach and Lake Michigan, one of the largest freshwater bodies in the world. Surrounded by agricultural areas that allow blueberry picking and apple picking in the summer and fall, Grand Rapids also has a ski slope on the outskirts of the city, allowing for skiing and tubing in the winter, as well as 15 colleges and universities, making it possible for students to come here for high school and stay for university.
130 hours of community service are required: 9th grade-20 hours, 10th grade-30 hours, 11th grade-40 hours, and 12th grade-40 hours.
Estimated Fall Start: Late August
Estimated Fall End: Mid-January
Estimated Spring Start: Late January
Estimated Spring End: Early June
Number of Students
Accepting Students to Grades
Average Class Size
SAT Average of Top 10%
University Acceptance Rate
English Language and Composition
English Literature and Composition
Government and Politics
US Government and Politics
Cross Country Running
Extracurricular Activities & Clubs
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
National Honor Society
National Art Honor Society
Science Olympiad Club
Spanish Lunch Club
Students Against Destructive Decisions
Students for Life
Partial List of College and University Acceptances
Boise State University, Bradley University, Butler University, Central Michigan University, DePaul University, Grand Valley State University, Holy Cross College, Indiana Tech University, Loyola University Chicago, Marquette University, Michigan State University, Montana State University, Northern Michigan University, Northwestern University, Oakland University, Purdue University, Saginaw Valley State University, Stanford University, Trine University, University of California, University of Denver, University of Iowa, University of Michigan, University of Notre Dame, University of Oregon, University of Pittsburg, University of Toledo, University of Washington, Villanova University, Wabash College, Western Michigan University, Xavier University, Yale University
University Acceptance Rate: 99%
Closest International and Local Airports: Gerald R. Ford International Airport (GRR) For Details Visit Website: West Catholic High School