Grand Traverse Area Catholic Schools (GTACS) is a parochial school system serving just over 1,000 students in the Traverse City, Michigan area. It is a ministry of five local parishes – Christ the KingImmaculate Conception, St. Francis, St. Joseph and St. Patrick and the Diocese of Gaylord.

Faith and Reason

Our educational mission is clear: “Education must develop what is best in man, and make him not only clever, but also good.” (Bishops in Baltimore, 1884) To guide us, we rely on the Gospel and on the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

Mission Statement

Grand Traverse Area Catholic Schools are dedicated to providing a Catholic education ensuring educational quality for all families willing to enter into a partnership to develop each child to his or her fullest spiritual and academic potential.


  • Enrollment of approximately 1,200 students (preschool through high school)
  • The Class of 2022 had a composite ACT score of 24.1.
  • About 20% of college-bound graduates chose Catholic colleges or universities.
  • Most lass of 2023 grads chose 4-year (76%) colleges/universities or community/vocational schools (23%).

Visit Us

The best way to see what makes us unique is to visit! We offer 1-hour open houses for anyone interested in learning more about our schools. Refer to the schedule and then email us to register. Can’t visit? Call us at 231 995-8477.