Why Choose Our Schools

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We Work to Help Your Child Achieve
At Bishop Heelan Catholic Schools there is an expectation of excellence and effort in and outside the classroom. We focus on academic achievement, activities, discipline, faith and service to others in a family-focused nurturing environment. We are blessed with dedicated faculty members and committed parents who are actively involved in supporting their children's success.

Elementary Schools Enjoy Success
• Our elementary test scores again ranked high in reading, mathematics, and science.
• Nearly 1100 PK-8th students continued to grow in their Catholic faith.
• Students in grades 5-8 joined high school students in hitting the milestone of 1 million meals in eight years for “Then Feed Just One” for the poor in for Honduras.
• A second preschool class at Holy Cross School nurtures young children.
• A transitional kindergarten at Mater Dei School offers a bridge to kindergarten.

High School Progress
• Students are now learning in our new 55,000 sq. ft. Classroom Addition that connects with our new fine arts classrooms, auditorium and chapel.
• Our high school juniors scored 95% proficient or higher in reading, mathematics, and science on the Iowa Assessments, a vital testing tool for all students in Iowa.
• Our 2018 graduating class includes 3 National Merit students.
• Heelan's Quiz Bowl Team came in as state runner-up in 2017.
• Heelan girls and boys finished winning seasons in football, basketball, soccer, and softball. Boys baseball and Girls volleyball competed in their state tournaments.
• Colleges offered our 2018 graduating seniors $12 million in academic and athletic scholarships.
• Over 80% of our 2018 graduates were awarded scholarships for college