WHEELING CENTRAL CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL
CEEB Code: 491-400
75-14th Street, Wheeling, West Virginia 26003
To Think & Act Like Christ
We are accredited through the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement.
Our school year consists of two semesters and 180 school days, with daily classes of 45 minutes and all students carry a full schedule of 7 academic courses each year.
Average teaching experience is 20 years; 43% hold masters degrees, 80% are club sponsors and/or coaches.
Teacher/student ratio is 1:12.
Life at Wheeling Central Catholic High School includes a wide range of activities and service opportunities. Participation in clubs, activities and athletic teams is quite high, typically involving over 90% of the student body.
Our varsity sports include basketball, tennis, cross country, golf, track, soccer, swimming, baseball, football, wrestling, cheerleading, softball, lacrosse, volleyball and ice hockey.
A variety of extracurricular clubs includes:
- Accolade (yearbook)
- Art Club
- French Club
- Math Field Day
- Foreign Language Honorary
- Leadership Youth
- Canned Food Drive
- National Honor Society
- Science Bowl
- Student Council
- Teens for Life
- Judicial Scholars
- Pontifical Crew
- Peer Ministry
- Key Club
90% of students are involved in volunteer service in addition to school-wide community service projects.
Four-year colleges and universities.
- 2009 - 94%
- 2010 - 92%
- 2011 - 92%
- 2012 - 98%
Historically, on average, 94% of graduates begin college matriculation immediately upon completion of CCHS and 70% receive full or partial scholarships. In 2012, 62% qualified for the Promise Scholarship, while our graduates received $7.2 million in scholarships. Within the last 5 years students from CCHS have been accepted to colleges and universities such as:
- Boston College
- United States Naval Academy
- United States Coast Guard Academy
- Dickinson College
- Franciscan University
- Johns Hopkins University
- Marshall University
- New York University
- Penn State University
- Ohio State University
- University of Dayton
- Arizona State University
- University of Pennsylvania
- Villanova University
- Washington and Jefferson College
- West Liberty University
- West Virginia University
- Wheeling Jesuit University
HISTORY AND MISSION
Wheeling Central Catholic High School has been educating young men and women since 1865. The school has always been a vital part of the East Wheeling downtown area, and remains an integral part of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston campus, which includes the Cathedral of St. Joseph, the Diocesan Offices, and the Chancery.
Central's overriding mission is to provide all students with an outstanding education within a Christ centered environment so that they "think and act like Christ."
With an exceptional, faith-filled academic program for grades 9 – 12, Wheeling Central boasts a 21st Century Learning Environment supported by the latest technology and laboratory facilities. Dedicated teachers, staff, and administrators serve a gifted student body, preparing them for the next step in their academic and career lives.
Wheeling Central offers a rigorous course curriculum that challenges and motivates students. Every student, from a first-day freshman to a last-day senior, takes a full schedule of classes each year. The students graduate with 28 credits, three more than required by the state.
Central offers AP classes in A/B Calculus, B/C Calculus, Chemistry, and American History. Additionally, it partners with Wheeling Jesuit University and West Virginia Northern Community College to allow seniors to enroll in college classes for dual credit – high school and college – that transfers to the college or university in which the students will matriculate upon graduation.
Students walk the short distance to Northern for college classes first thing in the morning, while instructors from Jesuit hold college classes for our juniors and seniors in the afternoons. Classes offered include algebra, pre-calculus, calculus, statistics, physics, composition, literature, psychology, abnormal psychology, American politics, and 20th Century American history.
To complement Central’s strong academic curriculum, an extensive campus ministry program and chaplaincy helps students live their Catholic faith by providing the opportunity to participate in myriad community service projects each year.
Central Catholic’s steadfast goal is to transmit the message and way of life of Jesus Christ from one generation to the next. The goal is reinforced by daily prayer, religious education classes, weekly Masses in the school, frequent liturgy and penance at St. Joseph Cathedral, an extensive retreat program and regular interaction with priests, religious, and lay persons who provide a solid and holy example. to complement and challenge our Catholic students.Central welcomes students from all faiths who desire to learn within a faith-based environment.
Wheeling Central Maroon Knights are well known throughout the Mountain State for their outstanding athletic achievements. Central students live out their faith on the field through teamwork, sportsmanship, and perserverence. This is born out by our 27 Championship titles in the last ten years, the most recent occurred November 2011 when our football team won the state championship title and our hockey team turned around and won the state championship for the third time!