The Raider Difference

Cretin-Derham Hall is a place where every student can belong! At CDH, you'll experience big-school opportunities and a small-school feel. That means you'll receive an incredible education and the chance to participate in anything that interests you, all while being a valued member of our community. 


Welcoming & Diverse Community

  • Dynamic community builds personal connections for a lifetime

  • 940 young men and women come from 115 different elementary schools

  • 27% students of color and a growing international student program

  • CASA – connecting students across grade levels in ‘families’



Foundation of Faith and Values

  • Vibrant Catholic mission woven throughout our day 
  • 78% Catholic – all faiths welcome
  • Service opportunities begin at 9th grade



Innovative Academics


  • Unique 9th Grade Interdisciplinary Course: Values
  • STEM Foundation for Science and a brand new state-of-the-art facility
  • College credit courses for 9-12 graders (AP and Dual Enrollment)




Athletics & Co-Curriculars for All


  • 98% of students join one or more
  • 93% play one or more sports (13 no-cut sports)
  • 70+ Clubs/Activities
  • JROTC: 96 years of leadership and service
  • Proud tradition of excellence!


Award-Winning Theater & Fine Arts


  • 50% of students participate in Fine Arts outside of class
  • 17 Courses, including Graphic Design, Photography, Ceramics and more
  • Band and Choir regularly earn Superior Ratings
  • Theater earned state’s top honors four times in four years



Affordable Tuition


  • 2nd lowest tuition of all Catholic and private High Schools in the Twin Cities
  • Wide slate of classes and co-curriculars is second to none
  • 42% families receive tuition assistance – more than $3 million in 2021-22
  • Three Merit Scholarship Programs awarded $471,000 to distinctive students


Preparation for Successful & Meaningful Lives



  • Graduates earn admittance to top colleges of their choice!
  • 80% of graduates report earning valuable merit scholarships to college