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?

Cathedral Catholic’s curriculum does not strictly follow the Common Core Standards, rather, it follows a path that will cover all content that the Common Core requires.  Our students do not participate in state mandated testing, therefore it is not necessary to have a school-wide implementation of the Common Core. The college entrance tests and the approval process of curriculum through the University of California A-G course requirements incorporate certain aspects of the Common Core. For this reason, we continue to meet the academic 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 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 2021-2022 consideration who have submitted their application by January 23, 2021 will automatically be signed up to take the High School Placement Test administered at CCHS on January 23, 2021 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, 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 35% 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.

Students who are interested in applying for tuition assistance may submit an application beginning November 1st.

Please note that tuition assistance grants for the 2021-2022 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 23, 2021.

10. Are There Scholarship Opportunities for Incoming Freshmen?

Students applying for grade 9 who score in the top 90-99th percentile locally on the High School Placement Test will qualify for a scholarship to be applied towards their first year at Cathedral Catholic High School.

  • Placement Test Scholarships:
  • Academic Scholarship ($7,000- 99%)
  • President’s Scholarship ($5,000- 98%)
  • Principal’s Award ($3,500- 97%)
  • Red & Gold Award (Registration Discount-90-96%)

Students must sit for the High School Placement Test on January 23rd, 2021 at Cathedral Catholic High School, to be eligible for these awards. In addition to the placement test scholarships, there are six scholarships that incoming Freshmen are able to apply for:

  • CCHS Charles and Bessie Hannan Scholarship
  • Richard E. Kelly Scholarship
  • The Row it Forward Scholarship
  • Monsignor George M. Rice/Cathedral Girls’ Alumnae Scholarship
  • Monsignor Dickie Scholarship
  • Dons Alumni Scholarship

Additional information regarding these 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.