Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is the Curriculum like at CCHS?

CCHS is a college preparatory school.  Close to one hundred percent of our students attend colleges and universities across the nation. Honors and Advanced Placement courses are offered in English, Social Science, Mathematics, Science, Languages, and Visual and Performing Arts. A Learning Center is available for students with learning differences.

Cathedral Catholic High School Curriculum Guide

2. How Does the Common Core Affect CCHS?

At this point we are not rushing to change our whole curriculum to reflect the Common Core Standards.  We do not have mandated state tests, so we do not have to have a school wide implementation. That being said, the college entrance tests and the approval process of curriculum through the UCs are going to reflect certain aspects of the Common Core. So, we are offering professional development opportunities to faculty to learn more about how we can meet the needs of the students, yet stay in control of our curriculum.

3. Do Students Wear Uniforms?

Yes, all students wear uniforms each class day. Uniform guidelines and ordering information are distributed at the time of enrollment.

4. Can I Visit CCHS During the Admission Process?

Small family tours are conducted by appointment only. Tours are designed to be an opportunity to see the Cathedral Catholic campus. Staff will guide you around the campus, show you classrooms, and answer questions. Please contact Mrs. Cheryl Bui in the Admission Office to schedule your tour at or at (858) 523-4000. Scheduled tours begin at 2:30 p.m.

5. Is there an Entrance Exam Required for Admission?

9th grade applicants for 2018-2019 consideration who have submitted their application by January 20, 2018 will automatically be signed up to take the High School Placement Test administered at CCHS on January 20, 2018 at 7:30 a.m. The Placement Test is mandatory to determine placement in high school courses and is required to complete the admissions application.

6. What is CCHS Looking for in a Student?

We are looking for students who have demonstrated a strong commitment to spirituality, as well as a dedication to their academic and extra-curricular activities.

7. What is the Review Process for an Application?

Each application undergoes a review process that is specific to the application. The review process includes review of application, supporting documentation (transcripts, recommendations, previous standardized test scores – IOWA, STAR, etc., High School Placement Test scores) and a student interview.

The Review Committee is made up of Administrators, Counselors and Faculty. Application review begins in February and continues throughout the month.

8. What is Your Policy on Siblings in the Admission Process?

There is no specific policy on siblings. We like to keep families together, but never at the expense of a student’s development and overall success.

9. Is Financial Aid Available?

Cathedral Catholic High School is committed to ensuring the socio-economic diversity of our community by providing approximately 30% of our students some level of financial aid. Our Financial Aid Grants are need-based, and a family’s request for Financial Aid is considered independent of the admission and enrollment process.

Cathedral Catholic High School uses an organization called Financial Aid Independent Review, Inc. (FAIR) to help interpret financial information.

Students who are interested in applying for tuition assistance may submit an application AT ANY TIME,  before and after the Placement Test date, through Financial Aid Independent Review (FAIR). Our school code is 118 and our password is cchs118.

Please note that tuition assistance grants for the 2018-2019 freshman class are only available to student applicants who submit a complete application and take the High School Placement Test at Cathedral Catholic High School on January 20, 2018.

10. Are There Scholarship Opportunities for Incoming Freshmen?

Students who score in the top 99th percentile locally on the High School Placement Test are awarded scholarships in the amount of $7,000 to be applied towards their first year at Cathedral Catholic High School. Students must sit for the High School Placement Test on January 20th, at Cathedral Catholic High School, to be eligible for this scholarship. In addition to the placement test scholarships, there are four scholarships that incoming Freshmen are able to apply for:

  1. CCHS Charles and Bessie Hannan Scholarship

  2. Richard E. Kelly Scholarship

  3. The Row it Forward Scholarship

  4. Monsignor George M. Rice/Cathedral Girls’ Alumnae Scholarship

Additional information regarding these four scholarships, including application deadlines and requirements, can be found on the Scholarship Page of our website.

11. Do CCHS Families Carpool?

YES! Cathedral Catholic serves families from all over San Diego.

Families work together to arrange carpools for their students, based on activities, location, and family schedules.