Personalizing the high school experience


By Jan Stanich

Cathedral High School, one of Indiana’s oldest and largest Catholic high schools, introduced a new program during the 2014-15 school year called the Cathedral 360 Personalized Education Experience.

This new program uses an approach to student interaction and includes enhanced face-to-face counseling and academic planning with each student having the same two counselors for all four years of high school, leadership development, faith formation and co-curricular activities.

For the upcoming school year, that program will continue with an even greater emphasis on the kinds of academic experience that will prepare students for their next step of both college and career.



“Students here benefit from programs that are unique to Cathedral and that are designed to work together to provide each student a personalized high school experience,” says Julie Barthel, Cathedral vice principal for curriculum and instruction. This includes Cathedral’s unique Developmental Assets program, Christian Service program, the Irish County system and Lifelong Connections program that assists students with making connections to Cathedral alumni in the professional world through internships, networking and “lunch-and-learn” opportunities right on campus.

“We also are launching new, next-generation learning techniques that focus on project-based learning, collaboration, creativity and critical thinking,” says Barthel. “Plus, we are building in professional development time for our teachers to help them integrate these techniques in the classroom. “

The results of Cathedral’s approach to education are clear.

“The 2015 graduating class was awarded $34.86 million in college scholarships – the most in the school’s history. We had a 100 percent graduation rate and 100 percent college acceptance rate,” says Principal Dave Worland. “The 296 graduates will be attending 83 different colleges and universities throughout the country.”

For more information on the Cathedral 360 program and its next-generation learning, visit


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