FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q. What are the entrance requirements for Union Catholic High School?
Freshman applicants should take the High School Entrance Exam, complete the Union Catholic Application for Admission
, and submit grades for 6th, 7th and first marking period of 8th grade
as well as the most recent standardized test scores.
Transfer applicants should complete the Union Catholic Application for Admission
and submit records from his/her current school. A complete transcript includes: all standardized testing, attendance records and report card grades (with discipline comments) from the current school year and the previous year. After these records have been reviewed, the transfer candidate will meet with an admissions representative for an interview, after which time a final decision will be made regarding acceptance.
Union Catholic High School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, and athletic and other school administered programs.
Q. Is any financial aid or scholarship assistance available?
Applications for financial aid, independent of Union Catholic, are available through the Scholarship Fund for Inner City Children. Learn more here
Union Catholic has several different scholarship opportunities available to incoming freshmen students. Visit our Scholarship Opportunities Page
for additional information.
Q. Does Union Catholic provide bus transportation?
Currently, Union Catholic serves over 35 different cities/townships. Our bus routes vary from year to year, determined by our current enrollment. There are three scenarios for bus transportation dependent on your local board of education. (Please see TRANSPORTATION section
on the Admissions page). Depending on where you live, your student may be eligible for a bus provided by your district or you may be eligible for reimbursement from your district for the cost of the bus. Union Catholic also provides buses for students when their local Board of Education does not, for an additional fee. Should your student need a Union Catholic bus, your out-of-pocket expense (Reserve a Seat Fee) is $475.00.
There is no late bus for students who participate in after-school activities.
Q. What comprises Union Catholic's academic curriculum?
Union Catholic offers strong programs of academic instruction on six different learning levels
. A minimum of 124 credits is required for graduation. Credits are earned for required and elective courses.
Required Courses Include:
- English – 4 years
- Math – 3 years
- World History – 1 year
- U.S. History – 2 years
- Lab Science – 2 years
- World Language – 2 years of the same language
- Religion (passing grade each year)
- Physical Education 2 years (4 semesters)
- Electives are available in academic areas as well as in fine arts and technology
Advanced Placement courses are offered in:
- Environmental Science
- English Language and Composition
- English Literature and Composition
- U.S. History
- Government and Politics
- European History
Accelerated and Honors courses are offered in English, History, Foreign Languages, Mathematics and Science. Students can also take AP and other elective courses through Virtual High School.
Each student has an opportunity to design a course of studies reflecting his/her individual interest and strengths. for example, a student with an interest in Science may elect to take the equivalent of 6 years of science by selective two science courses both junior and senior year. A student with an interest in Journalism may develop his/her skills through electives options including TV production, creative writing and reporting for our school newspaper.
Q. Are laptops required, and from whom are they purchased?
All students are required to participate in the Laptop Program at Union Catholic High School. The laptop must be purchased through Union Catholic. The purchase price includes a four-year warranty, on-site service, a laptop loaner program, and shipping arrangements for laptops that need to be serviced off-site. Full payment for the laptop is due by August 1st. Union Catholic requires that insurance be purchased on the laptop for items not covered under warranty. Insurance coverage is offered through mindSHIFT Technologies Corporation for an annual premium of $150.00, or you may choose to place the laptop on your homeowner's insurance policy, in which case, a copy of that policy must be on file with Union Catholic. Credit card payments are accepted for the laptop and insurance coverage.
Q. What is the daily schedule at Union Catholic High School?
The school day at Union Catholic begins at 8:00 a.m. and ends at 2:10 p.m.
Classes meet for 50 minutes on a rotating schedule. Lab science course include a "double period" once a week allowing time for full lab experience.
Club periods are added to the schedule once or twice per month which allows for numerous activities, clubs and student organizations to meet during the school day.
The building opens at 7:15 a.m. and breakfast may be purchased in our school cafeteria starting at 7:30 a.m. After school, there are supervised areas where students can attend homework club, athletic events, play practices and club meetings.
Q. What percentage of Union Catholic graduates go on to college?
Union Catholic graduates have a 100% college acceptance rate. On average, 98% attend college in the fall semester following graduation.
Q. Are students required to wear uniforms?
Union Catholic's dress code requires that students wear uniforms purchased from Flynn O'Hara Uniform Company
. The uniform for girls consists of a uniform blouse and skirt. The uniform for boys consists of uniform slacks and a solid colored dress shirt and tie. A more detailed description of the Student Dress Code can be found in our Student Handbook.
Q. What programs/services do you have in place to help me adjust to high school?
Once registered to attend Union Catholic, each incoming freshman is assigned a Big Brother or Big Sister who will help you "fit-in" by introducing you to current students and answering all of your questions. You will be invited to attend several special events prior to the start of school, designed specifically for your class, where you will be able to connect with your new classmates and make new friends.
Freshman Orientation is held prior to the first full day of school where you will meet all of your teachers and attend all of your classes. Your Big Brother or Big Sister will be there to help you find your way and to have lunch with you. Shortly after the school year begins you will meet your guidance counselor who will assist you with any concerns you may have.
Tutoring services are provided by students who are members of the National Honor Society. Homework clubs, supervised by a variety of faculty members who teach different subjects, take place after school Monday through Thursday. Our teachers go above and beyond and will be happy to meet with you if you have any questions of need assistance with any of your assignments.
In early October, all new students will attend Club Orientation to learn about the many clubs and activities that are offered and how to get involved. Club Periods are held each month to allow the opportunity for you to participate in as many activities as you wish. Students are encouraged to "Get Involved!"
Q. What sports do you offer for freshman?
Almost all of our athletic programs offer competition at the freshman level. For additional information, please visit the Athletics page
of our school website.