Frequently Asked Questions

The process for selecting a high school for your child can be overwhelming at times. There is so much information and each high school operates differently. To help you understand our process a little better, here are some answers to frequently asked questions.

Q: When should I apply for my son or daughter for the incoming 9th grade?

A: Our online application is always available. The deadline for the class of 2022 is January 20, 2018

Q: Is there an application fee?

A: No, we do not charge an application fee.

Q: How many students apply every year?

A: Annually we receive over 400 applications, for a typical class size of 300.


Q: Does my family need to have an alumni/alumnae relation to be accepted?

A: No. We offer admittance to all students who meet our admission criteria.


Q: What is the admission criteria?

A: There are three main criteria we focus on when considering to admit a student: academic potential, overall good standing behavior, and if the family has a faith within their family.

Q: How many students are at CDH?

A: We currently have 1,075 total students in grades 9 – 12. Each grade has roughly between 250 – 330 students.


Q: What is the average classroom size?

A: 22. Most core classes are between 20 – 25, many of the elective classes are between 15 – 20.


Q: What percentage of students are Catholic?

A: 88%


Q: How many different grade schools does CDH attract students from?

A: Over 80. Visit Before and After CDH to view a list of schools.


Q: If my child has a learning disability or plan, does CDH make any accommodations?

A: Yes. We have an academic learning program called Learning Lab. This program provides assistance to students in need of academic support with homework, test taking, and organizational skills. The program also assists teachers in accommodating each child’s need so as to allow students to achieve to their ability.

Q: How many course level placements does CDH offer?

A: We offer four levels of course placement. College prep, which is our standard level placement. Advanced, which is one step further beyond college prep. Honors, which is one step further beyond advanced. And Advanced Placement, which offers students a college course with the opportunity to earn college credit.


Q: What are the school day hours?

A: School starts at 7:50 a.m. and finishes at 2:30 p.m. CDH is on a trimester schedule. Many Wednesdays, our school has a late start at 8:50 a.m., finishing at 2:30 p.m.


Q: How many of your students graduate and go on to colleges or universities?

A: 100% of our students graduate. Almost 93% go on to four-year colleges or universities with 3 – 4% going to 2-year colleges or universities.