Why Catholic Schools Do Well

Research at Harvard University indicates that Catholic school students have higher levels of civic engagement and knowledge, and are more politically tolerant and supportive of civil liberties. In a 2011 study, Notre Dame Professor David Campbell reported that “historically, public schools have been celebrated as the exemplars of civic education, while Catholic schools were often […]

The best way to know? Visit.

One of the best ways to know if our schools are right for your child is to simply visit. In a visit, you can gauge a number of things that are immeasurably important to your child’s experience. So don’t be shy! Sign up to take a tour or to have your child shadow a current […]

Experience The Difference

Get the inside story regarding our award-winning Catholic school system – from curriculum to catechism to extracurriculars – and its impact on the lives of more than 1,000 local students and their families. This hour-long presentation is free, open to the public, and guaranteed to provide you with new information about our Catholic schools. Appropriate for… Prospective […]

ACT Composite Score

The average of the best composite ACT scores for the Traverse City St. Francis Class of 2020 was 26.4. This compares to a national average or 20.6. For information about historical test score data, contact us.

Ralph H. von der Hoff Memorial Scholarship Fund

Ralph H. von der Hoff Memorial Scholarship Fund This fund was established to honor the memory of Ralph H. von der Hoff, Saint Francis High School Class of 1966, who was the only Saint Francis graduate to lose his life in Vietnam.  The fund seeks to promote, recognize, and reward the virtue of selfless public […]

Update on MANS Lawsuit

Yesterday, in response to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) extension of restrictions on in-person learning for high schools, the Michigan Association of Nonpublic Schools (MANS) joined a lawsuit seeking an injunction allowing nonpublic high schools to remain open. Information about the lawsuit and its basis is available in the document links […]

Parent Perspective: The Case for PreKindergarten

During the summer of 2009, my wife and I were excited to find out that God had blessed us with our first pregnancy. The educator in me saw the early May due date and thought about Kindergarten. You see, birthdays that run from about early May to the end of August fall in that gray […]

Reading Month Challenge

Congratulations! Students have exceeded their March is Reading Month challenge. Click the video links below to see what’s next! Miss Nikki catches the fish! –     Click here to log your books or chapters. Then click here to see how close we are to our reading goal! Video Greeting from Mrs. Lesinski – March 27, 2020 […]

Our Schools’ COVID-19 Response

To learn more about our plans and protocols for protection of the health of our school community during the COVID-19 pandemic, visit this resource page.  

All Saints Day

We began our celebration of November and Holy Souls month with our traditional All Saints Day Mass and classroom presentations by our fourth grade “saints in the making.” For photos, visit our Facebook album.

GTACS Receives National Recognition Copy

At a September 26, 2017 awards banquet in New York City – Manhattan, Grand Traverse Area Catholic Schools was one of just two schools in the United States to be recognized by the Catholic Education Foundation, a national, non-profit association dedicated to the advancement of Catholic education in the United States. According to the Foundation’s executive […]

Fr. Thomas A. Neis Memorial Scholarship Fund

Father Thomas A. Neis Memorial Scholarship Fund The Fr. Thomas A. Neis Memorial Scholarship Fund was formally established in August of 2008.  This endowment fund provides need-based tuition scholarships to parishioners in good standing of Immaculate Conception Church.  The principal of the fund includes gifts from the estate of Fr. Neis and other benefactors who […]