Roman Catholic High School
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Attendance
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College Bound

School Details

  • School TypePrivate Catholic
  • Grade Levels9-12
  • Enrollment744
  • PrincipalMr. Robert O'Neill
  • Phone Number215-627-1270
  • SEPTA RoutesBSL (Race-Vine), Bus (2, 4, 16, 23)
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Mission

Roman Catholic High School, a secondary educational institution founded by Thomas E. Cahill, provides young men from diverse social, economic, and geographic backgrounds an education of academic and cultural excellence in a scholarly and nurturing...

Roman Catholic High School, a secondary educational institution founded by Thomas E. Cahill, provides young men from diverse social, economic, and geographic backgrounds an education of academic and cultural excellence in a scholarly and nurturing environment. The challenging academic curriculum, a competitive athletics program, and engaging activities complement each other to foster courage, character, and leadership.

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Points of Pride

• 95% of Roman graduates further their education • Roman is the first Diocesan high school in the nation – founded to give students a Catholic education which until 1890 had only been available at private institutions for wealthier families •...

• 95% of Roman graduates further their education • Roman is the first Diocesan high school in the nation – founded to give students a Catholic education which until 1890 had only been available at private institutions for wealthier families • Without Roman, the Archdiocesan system as we know it anywhere in the United States would not exist. • The Class of 2014 earned over $25 million in college scholarships • Center City location offers easy access by numerous forms of transportation and great employment opportunities. • Because of the support of the Philadelphia business community, Roman students have the opportunity to intern at companies such as Independence Blue Cross, Equus Capital Partners, LTD., Columbus Construction, LLC., M&T Bank, and many more. • Sports Management was added to the Business curriculum in the 2013-14 school year • Partnerships with Community College of Philadelphia and Drexel University will enhance the foreign language department (Arabic) and law school opportunities. • 17 Varsity Sports – Volleyball added in 2014 • Mock Trial won the City Title and placed 2nd in the State. Only the 2nd Catholic school in 20 years to win a City Title. Cardinal Dougherty won in 1993. Roman won in 2010 and 2013 • One senior earned the Gates Millenium Scholarship • One senior was a National Merit Scholar • Academics — 6 AP Courses- English, Calculus, US History, Biology, Psychology, Studio Art — electives in Sports Medicine, Theatre, – courses offered at Academy of Fine Arts, Drexel University at Hahnemann Hospital, Diocesan Scholar Program • Both the Sports Medicine Clinic and Fine Arts Center are housed the McSherry Annex. • The Annex is named for James G. McSherry, Roman Catholic class of 1940, the second largest donor to Roman Catholic since our founder, Thomas Cahill. • Center City location offers easy access by numerous forms of transportation and great employment opportunities. • Class size: Faculty-Student ratio is 20:1. Class sizes can vary by course and year.

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Admissions Policy

The admissions process for students desiring entrance to 9th grade at Roman Catholic High School begins with the High School Placement Test (HSPT). Any student wishing to attend Roman Catholic is required to take the HSPT in the fall of their 8th...

The admissions process for students desiring entrance to 9th grade at Roman Catholic High School begins with the High School Placement Test (HSPT). Any student wishing to attend Roman Catholic is required to take the HSPT in the fall of their 8th grade year. Scholarship and placement are determined by this test. Following the test, students will submit their standardized testing scores as well as 7th and 8th grade reports for review.

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Accreditations & Honors

Middle States Accreditation 2009

Middle States Accreditation 2009

School Details & Data

Demographics

Black 18.5%
White 70.6%
Hispanic 4.6%
Asian 3.7%
Other 2.6%

Academics

SAT Reading

SAT Critical Reading 478
PA Average 497

SAT Math

SAT Math 468
PA Average 504

SAT Writing

SAT Writing 472
PA Average 480

SAT Total

SAT Total Score 1418
PA Average 1481

College Rate

College Rate 79%

Activities & Programs

Arts Programs

  • Vocal,
  • Theater,
  • Visual Arts,
  • Choir,
  • Other Instrumental,
  • School Plays,
  • School Musicals,
  • Theater Group,
  • Literature

Sports Programs

  • Football,
  • Basketball,
  • Soccer,
  • Baseball,
  • Track and Field,
  • Tennis,
  • Cross Country,
  • Wrestling,
  • Bowling,
  • Golf,
  • Indoor Track,
  • Lacrosse,
  • Diving,
  • Volleyball,
  • Sports Other

Other Sports

Hockey, Rugby, Crew

Hockey, Rugby, Crew

Other Activities

NHS Mock Trial World Affairs Art Club Italian Club Asian Club World Affairs Club CSC Office Aides Roman Reserves Roman Ambassadors Big Brothers A.S.I.S.T. Jr. AOH Pro-Life Club Philly Club Freshman/Sophomore Date Dance Junior Prom...

NHS Mock Trial World Affairs Art Club Italian Club Asian Club World Affairs Club CSC Office Aides Roman Reserves Roman Ambassadors Big Brothers A.S.I.S.T. Jr. AOH Pro-Life Club Philly Club Freshman/Sophomore Date Dance Junior Prom Senior Prom Homecoming Dance Aspira Student Council Roman Players Band Liturgy Ensemble TV News Fall Musical

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Language Programs

  • French,
  • Spanish,
  • Italian,
  • German,
  • Chinese,
  • Latin,
  • Arabic,
  • Additional Languages

Parent Involvement

The RCHS Mothers' and Fathers' Clubs are integral parts of the Roman Community. They assist in fundraising and coordinating events. Many athletic clubs and activities also have offshoots of this group such as the Band Parents, RCHS Ice Hockey...

The RCHS Mothers' and Fathers' Clubs are integral parts of the Roman Community. They assist in fundraising and coordinating events. Many athletic clubs and activities also have offshoots of this group such as the Band Parents, RCHS Ice Hockey Parents, Roman Lacrosse Parents, etc.

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