Dowling Catholic High School is a top rated, private, Catholic school located in West Des Moines, IA. It has 1,405 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 15 to 1. Tuition is $7,986 for the highest grade offered. After graduation, 96% of students from this school go on to attend a 4-year college.
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Dowling Catholic High School Rankings
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- of students agree that they feel safe at their school.18 responses
- of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.18 responses
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- of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.19 responses
- of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.19 responses
- of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.19 responses
- of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.21 responses
- of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.21 responses
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- of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.19 responses
- of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.19 responses
- of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.19 responses
Dowling Catholic High School Reviews
I am an international student at dowling. Dowling has very professional teachers for many of the advanced classes. Also, if you are looking for a religious education, I believe Dowling is a place to go! I have learned about Catholic faith deeply, and I am planning convert to Catholicism. Besides the Academics, although it is very expensive to play sports at dowling, Dowling is a great school to play sports. School foods are tasty; however, they are also a little pricy compare to what they serve. I do not believe Dowling provide separate English education for International students, so if English is not your first language, then you might suffer a little bit.
Although I have only been a student at Dowling Catholic High School for around 2 years, I have thoroughly enjoyed my time there so far. The school has numerous extracurricular activities that allow students to easily form a group of friends through similar interests. Though Dowling has a decent amount of different classes to choose from, it would be beneficial if they could expand their foreign language department, which only includes French, German and Spanish. Adding languages such as Mandarin would help the students that wish to go into business, as well as form stronger relationships with the foreign exchange students at Dowling, most of which are from China and Korea.
I loved Dowling! They have excellent academics that truly help prepare you for college. You are challenged to do your best work day in and day out, and that is an essential skill to have in college. You are also encouraged to determine your interests in not only potential career choices but also in service. There are so many opportunities for service and involvement at Dowling.