2017 Best Catholic High Schools in PennsylvaniaAbout this List

The 2017 Best Catholic High Schools ranking is based on rigorous analysis of key statistics and millions of reviews from students and parents. Ranking factors include SAT/ACT scores, the quality of colleges that students consider, student-teacher ratio, Catholic school ratings, and more. Data sourced from the U.S. Department of Education, Niche users, and the schools directly. Read more on how this ranking was calculated.

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  1. Villa Maria Academy High School

    • Private School
    • Malvern, PA
    • 9-12
    • 65
    10 Best Catholic High Schools in Pennsylvania

    Niche User: Attending Villa Maria was one of the best decisions I could have made, and I wish I could go back. I came into college feeling extremely prepared, and I very quickly realized just how great of a job Villa did in prepping me for college. I was able to succeed in my classes from the start, whereas many of my peers who did not have as strong of foundation struggled. Villa made me into the person I am today. The school taught me to never second guess myself. The school helps form independent and strong women by empowering them to engage in class discussions, teaching them how to succeed in college and beyond, and giving them many opportunities to lead. The sense of community and family at Villa is something I have never experienced before. Each faculty member, staff member, and student at the school cares so deeply for one another. All want to see everyone at the school succeed and work to make that happen. The school pride seen at Pep Rallies, games, plays, performances, etc. is unreal and extremely touching. The traditions at the school not only link the students and alum, but they are also extremely fun! The school races robot pigs, classes sing songs to one another, the girls dress up for Halloween, and the Pep Rallies are always an event! There are more sentimental traditions as well, such as Daisy Chain when the Juniors officially become seniors, Carol and Ring when the girls are given their class rings, and Big/Little events in which the girls are assigned a "Big Sister" upperclassmen! I am so proud to be a Villa Marian for copious reasons. If I could, I would do it all over again!
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    • A-
      Overall Niche Grade
    • 426 Students
    • 8:1 Student-Teacher Ratio
  2. Allentown Central Catholic High School

    • Private School
    • Allentown, PA
    • 9-12
    • 105
    18 Best Catholic High Schools in Pennsylvania

    Niche User: I loved Central. I wasn't your average kid that went to this school, and I had a very difficult home life. Central Catholic was like a sanctuary, a home away from the madness that enveloped my life at times. I never wanted to leave and thats why I was so involved. Many people have mixed feelings about this school, but I will honestly tell you that if you send your child to this school, and they are kind and respectful, and willing to become better students, they will succeed in all aspects at ACCHS. The way to get the most out of this school is by doing the most: join clubs, volunteer, play sports, join the band, go to football games! The more active the better. It makes the studying and the exams and the difficulty of many classes so worth it. Not only will you get the most out of exta curriculars but, CCHS will challenge you academically. It'll be hard, but help will ALWAYS be given, and all you have to do is ask for it. Never shy away. My first few weeks at CCHS were hard, I will admit, some of the upper classmen were jerks, but a majority really attempt to help out. Now with the Viking Mentors program, and similar things like that, they also have a summer program, they genuinely attempt to get students acclimated to their new environment. Need help? You just have to ask. Any bullying? You report it immediately and there will be consequences for that student, or atleast a really scary talking too. My point is, this may seem like a rich kid preppy school on the outside, but internally it's really a family that attempts to improve your life in the best way. They want to see you succeed and further your education. Their job is to atleast make sure you get out of their school on the right foot, after that it's your job to see everything through that they've prepared you for, IF you've allowed them to prepare you for it. I am proud to be a CCHS Alumni, I love my Alma Mater.
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    • B
      Overall Niche Grade
    • 771 Students
    • 18:1 Student-Teacher Ratio
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