Frequently Asked Questions about Bishop Chatard High School

The overall school enrollment for 2019/20 is 712 students. The average class size for most BCHS classes is approximately 17 students. Our student/teacher ratio is 14:1.
Bishop Chatard High School offers 20 AP courses and 4 dual credit courses. Students enrolled in AP courses will take an exam in the spring. Depending on the score on each individual AP exam, students may receive college credit. Dual credit courses are college courses that are offered at the high school. The curriculum of dual credit courses is dictated by the college offering the credit. Students generally receive 3 college credits for each dual credit course taken. 80% of the Class of 2019 graduated receiving college credit, with an average of 10.76 credits earned by these students.
Bishop Chatard offers Academic (college prep), Honors, AP and dual credit courses. Freshman and sophomore honors courses are offered in English, science, and math. Those honors levels may continue into junior and senior years or a student may advance into AP level courses. Students may take a proficiency test in Spanish the summer before freshman year and upon passing have the option to be placed into Spanish II. If a student takes Algebra I in eighth grade and passes the End of Course Assessment in Algebra , he/she may enroll in Geometry as a freshman.
A listing of all course offerings by department can be found under Academics.
Go to the Course Descriptions page
Bishop Chatard encourages all students to investigate and become involved in as many extracurricular activities and athletic pursuits as possible, no matter what their grade level!
See Clubs at BCHS for our extracurricular activities
Each eighth grader seeking admission to the Class of 2024 is required to have an application, placement test results, ISTEP results, and 7th and 8th grade report cards on file in the admission office by December 9, 2019. Acceptance letters will be sent in February.
See Apply to BCHS for specific details
BCHS hosts shadowing days for students from September to February. The Shadowing Page explains the BCHS process. Online registration is required to shadow. Parent Wednesday Walk-Thrus provide parents the opportunity to tour the school while in session. Individual One-to-One Appointments are also available.
Visit the Enrollment Process page for an overview of events
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A placement test for incoming freshmen will be given at BCHS on November 16, 2019. It is also administered to North Deanery eighth grade students at each North Deanery school. We encourage all students applying for the Class of 2024 to take the placement test through BCHS (if it was not taken through their grade school), although we will accept scores sent to us from other high schools. There is no fee for the test.
Test details and online registration
Students are required to take Theology classes each of their four years at BCHS. Christian Service requirements are also scheduled.
Explore our Christian Service Program
The first bell rings at 7:45 a.m. and the school day ends at 3:15 pm (Exceptions: Monday – class begins at 8:55 a.m. and Friday – school ends at 2:15 p.m.) Students can be dropped off as early as 6:30 a.m. All students should be picked up by 5 p.m.
The school operates on a rotating seven-period per day schedule. The rotation allows students to attend an individual class at different times of the day. Each class is 60 minutes. Tuesday through Friday, each teacher is available in ‘Zero Period,’ 7:20 – 7:50 a.m., to help students individually.
Bishop Chatard has four guidance counselors. Two of those counselors are assigned to freshmen, sophomores and juniors. One counselor advises seniors. One counselor, who has extensive college admissions experience, is dedicated to college advising for all grade levels. All of the counselors work with students on scheduling classes, maintaining academic success, helping with the college planning process, and assisting with personal issues as needed.
In addition, Bishop Chatard’s Director of Academic Support provides support to students who have learning needs. A social worker is available to support students with personal or school-related struggles.
View BCHS School Counseling Services
Each incoming freshman will be given an iPad as part of their computing fee. These devices will be used to house electronic textbooks, create cutting-edge classroom interaction, conduct tests/assessments, and enhance creativity and critical thinking for all students.
In a word, yes. 93% of 2019 graduates pursued a college education, and they received over $20.8 million in scholarships and grants — nearly $125,00 per student — to help fund it. 61% of the Class of 2019 graduates earned Academic Honors Diplomas, positioning them for college acceptance, and 80% graduated with college credit already earned.
View awards and college acceptances of the most recent graduating class under the ‘College’ tab on the .Seniors page

RT @BCHStudentLife Don’t forget about the HollaDance Christmas Cookie Baking Contest this Friday!! Bring your creations to the dance or to the Student Life office during the school day! Please label according to instructions in Mr. Boyle’s email. Prize awarded to the “Best Cookie!” pic.twitter.com/OYiRzQ6r6Y

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