Overview of Cathedral High School

Cathedral High School Boston

Cathedral 7-12 High School is an urban, independent, Catholic, coeducational, college preparatory school serving boys and girls from grades 7 through 12 in Boston’s historic South End. For more than 90 years, Cathedral High has provided a first-rate education to students of all walks of life and backgrounds from greater Boston.

Founded in 1926 and rooted in gospel values, Cathedral prepares students well for college and life. For 15 consecutive years, every single senior has graduated high school and earned admission to college. More than just getting into college, Cathedral scholars continue to excel and continue to receive support and guidance from the school through college graduation.

Guided by an independent board of trustees since 2004, Cathedral is a philanthropy-based school and offers philanthropy-based assistance to every student.

A Cathedral education is based upon three pillars: personalized learning, college readiness, and leadership & service.

Personalized Learning

Personalized success plans are created by each student, family, and faculty member. Personalized learning is enabled by a 13:1 student to teacher ratio and a “house” structure which groups students into four houses by grades. Technology use throughout the school including laptops for students and SmartBoards in classrooms also enables enhanced student-centered learning approaches.

Student success is closely monitored and every faculty member is available after school hours for additional tutoring and support to any CHS student.

College Readiness

Cathedral students are engaged by an active faculty in a rigorous academic program that challenges them to excel. The college preparatory program includes Advanced Placement (AP), early college classes, and a full array of electives. Students participate in career exploration classes such as the MedScience partnership with Tufts University School of Medicine, business and finance classes in partnership with Fidelity Investments, marketing, and law classes.

STEAM-based learning is also central to the program of study.  STEAM is an acronym for learning that incorporates science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics. The goal of STEAM-based education is to incorporate applied learning principles through creation, design, and innovation. Every summer, all students in grades 7 through 9 also participate in a summer program of STEAM and applied learning.

Juniors and seniors receive dedicated college preparatory classes to prepare them for the SAT, college applications, and more. Through a 19-year partnership with the law firm WilmerHale, seniors attend multiple workshops with WilmerHale employees to compose, edit, and refine their college application essays.

Leadership & Service

The school’s tagline of “Teaching Values. Building Leaders.” is more than just lip service. Catholic and gospel values are integrated throughout a Cathedral education. In addition to 6 years of required theology classes (grades 7 through 12), every student is required to participate in community service and social justice projects.

Between student government, campus ministry, National Honor Society, and a full array of clubs and extracurricular activities students have the opportunity to expand their learning outside the classroom and gain leadership experience.

20 athletics teams for both boys and girls and at all playing levels from middle school and freshman through JV and varsity teach students teamwork, leadership, and healthy living. In addition to many sectional, league, and state championship teams, Cathedral has graduated star athletes such as WNBA player Michelle “Ice” Edwards, a 2014 inductee into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame.

The Cathedral High School Community

Learn about the community and meaning of Cathedral High School from the perspectives of our students:


Cathedral High School is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization governed by an independent Board of Trustees. Donations to Cathedral may be tax-deductible. Cathedral’s EIN is 56-2438574.

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