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.


  • Enrollment of approximately 1,000 students (preschool through high school)
  • Class ratios of 18:1 (K-2), 20:1 (3-5), 19:5 (6-8) and 21:1 (9-12)
  • The St. Francis Class of 2016 had an composite average ACT score of 25.3 versus the a state average of 20.1 and national average of 21.0
  • Catholic Education Honor Roll  2008-09, 2010-11 and 2012-13, and 2014
  • Ranked 7th in state on America’s Most Challenging High Schools list
  • 98% of high schoolers go on to post-secondary education
  • 81% of upperclassmen take at least one AP course
  • 40% of high school students dual enroll at Northwestern Michigan College
  • Between 5-10% of students are non-Catholic

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 231 995-8425.