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Overall
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Roman Catholic High School
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Overall
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Math
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Science
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School Incidents
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Reading
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Attendance
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College Bound
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School Details

  • School TypePrivate Catholic
  • Grade Levels9-12
  • Enrollment900
  • PrincipalMr. Vince Tarducci
  • Phone Number215-627-1270
  • SEPTA RoutesBSL (Race-Vine), Bus (2, 4, 16, 23), Regional Rail (Suburban Station)
  • Address 301 North Broad Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19107
  • NeighborhoodCenter City East
  • Tuition$7,300 - $7,800
  • Application DeadlineDecember 2nd, 2018
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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

1. Roman Catholic students have demonstrated high levels of success, with a focus on college preparedness. The class of 2015 earned more than $23 million in college scholarships and grants, and the past four graduating classes averaged $24 million a...

1. Roman Catholic students have demonstrated high levels of success, with a focus on college preparedness. The class of 2015 earned more than $23 million in college scholarships and grants, and the past four graduating classes averaged $24 million a year in college scholarships and grants. Ninety-six percent of Roman graduates further their education, and approximately 5 percent of each graduating class attends the University of Pennsylvania. In fact, there are currently 14 Roman alums attending Penn. In addition to academic success, Roman students achieve within extracurricular activities. In 2015, Roman’s basketball team won the PCL, District 12 and AAAA State Championship, in 2014 and 2015, the Mock Trial team won the City Title and placed 2nd in Pennsylvania out of 327 schools (the 2nd school in 20 years to win a city title). 2. The school has a rich history. Founded in 1890, Roman Catholic is the first diocesan high school in the nation. Since its start, Roman has developed multiple partnerships with other organizations in the city. Roman has partnered with Community College of Philadelphia and Drexel University. 3. Roman students are offered unique opportunities. Selective groups of Roman students take four college courses during their senior year at a local university as part of the Diocesan Scholar Program. Every freshman receives an iPad as part of the 1 to 1 initiative, and students are offered a variety of AP courses, including Literature and Composition, Language and Composition, Calculus, U.S. History, Biology, Physics, Psychology and Music Theory. In addition, Roman has 17 varsity sports (the most offered at any archdiocese high school). 4. Through the deep connections the school has with local organizations, Roman students have opportunities to intern at companies such as Independence Blue Cross, Equos Capital Partners, Columbus Construction, M&T Bank and more.

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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...

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. Scholarships and placement are determined by this test. Following the HSPT, students will submit their standardized testing scores as well as 7th- and 8th-grade report cards for review. Interviews are also held for a majority of applicants during the admissions process.

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Accreditations & Honors

Middle States Accreditation 2009

Middle States Accreditation 2009

School Details & Data

Demographics

Black 26%
White 57.4%
Hispanic 7.3%
Asian 5.7%
Other 3.6%

Female & Male Students

Male Students 100%

Special Education

Special Ed 6%

English Language Learners

English Language Learner 0.2%

Students Per Grade

9th Grade Students
257
10th Grade Students
243
11th Grade Students
222
12th Grade Students
178
Total Students
900

School Incidents

Incidents Per 100 Students
0.8

Academics

College Rate

College Rate 83%

AP Class Offerings

  • Biology,
  • Calculus AB,
  • English Language,
  • English Literature,
  • Physics B,
  • Physics C,
  • Psychology,
  • US History,
  • AP Class Other

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,
  • Volleyball,
  • Sports Other

Other Sports

Swimming, Ice Hockey, Rugby and Crew

Swimming, Ice Hockey, Rugby and Crew

Other Activities

Extracurricular Activities Academic Clubs (Science, Italian, etc.) Ambassadors Band Big Brothers Chess Team Community Service Corps Dances (Homecoming, Soph Hop, etc.) Intramurals Literary Magazine Mock Trial National Honors Society Pro-Life Club...

Extracurricular Activities Academic Clubs (Science, Italian, etc.) Ambassadors Band Big Brothers Chess Team Community Service Corps Dances (Homecoming, Soph Hop, etc.) Intramurals Literary Magazine Mock Trial National Honors Society Pro-Life Club Roman Reserves Roman Robotics SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) School Newspaper Student Council Technology Club Television Studio World Affairs Club Yearbook Religious Activities Service Programs Daily Mass First Friday Mass Grief Group Kairos Retreat (Seniors) Peer Ministry Penance Services Rosary Club Spiritual/Personal Counseling Underclassmen Retreats Vocation Discernment

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Electives

World Languages: Spanish, French, Italian, Latin, Arabic and Mandarin Chinese Science & Health: Advanced Placement Biology, Advanced Placement Physics I and II, Honors Anatomy and Physiology, Environmental Science, Honors Physics, Astronomy,...

World Languages: Spanish, French, Italian, Latin, Arabic and Mandarin Chinese Science & Health: Advanced Placement Biology, Advanced Placement Physics I and II, Honors Anatomy and Physiology, Environmental Science, Honors Physics, Astronomy, Introduction to Sports Medicine Business: Financial Fitness for Life, Accounting I and II, Technology Communications I and II, Business Economics, Business Law, Entrepreneurship, Personal Finance, Sports Management Art: Studio Art I through IV, PAFA Program, Digital Photography, Theater Music: Music I through IV, Choral Music I through IV Social Studies: Advanced Placement American History, American Government, Introduction to Psychology, Advanced Placement Psychology Mathematics: Advanced Placement Calculus, Computer Programming, Pre-Calculus, Trigonometry

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Language Programs

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

Parent Programs

  • Parents Home and School Association

Parent Involvement

The RCHS Mothers' and Fathers' Clubs are integral parts of the Roman Community. They assist in fundraising and coordinating events.

The RCHS Mothers' and Fathers' Clubs are integral parts of the Roman Community. They assist in fundraising and coordinating events.

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