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Basilian Education

2022 student athletes smiling during an assembly

Catholic Central offers a rigorous curriculum to approximately 970 students in grades 9-12 arriving from over 80 zip codes and 60 cities.

The faculty, of which over 60% hold an advanced degree, totals over 65, making for a student-teacher ratio of 15:1 and an average class size of 22. Catholic Central grants more than $1.4 million in tuition assistance annually to 30% of the student body. The school offers over 140 courses, including 15 AP courses, and recent alumni have been accepted at 40 of the top 50 colleges of the U.S. News & World Report. In the last 5 years, 47 students have received recognition from the National Merit Scholarship Program. 

Catholic Central’s esteemed faculty, guidance department, and campus ministry guide students in spiritual, academic, social, and personal development. With over 35 extracurricular offerings, in addition to our nationally renowned athletics program, there’s something for everyone at Catholic Central.

Faith is lived out daily at Catholic Central via the school’s GDK Program, fostering growth in the Basilian tradition of goodness, discipline, and knowledge. Students are educated in social concerns of local communities and partake in several community service days throughout Detroit and its suburbs each year. Through optional involvement in faith formation opportunities, including daily Mass before school, monthly Confession, and a robust four-year retreat program, students are nourished in relationship with Christ.


Mission Statement

Catholic Central High School recognizes parents to be the primary educators of their children and collaborates with them in helping their children to learn and grow in the Catholic faith. We provide a safe and challenging environment where mutual respect and high expectations are maintained through the active engagement of students in the learning process. The young men of Catholic Central learn holistically the ideals of the Basilian Fathers – goodness, discipline, and knowledge – so that they may become productive members of the Church and society.

Basilian Fathers

The Congregation of St. Basil, also known as the Basilian Fathers, is a Roman Catholic community of priests, students for the priesthood, and lay associates focused on Christian education and evangelization. It was founded in 1822 when ten diocesan priests defied anticlerical laws passed during the French Revolution to bring balanced Christian education to a small village in southern France by operating a seminary. The founders’ devotion to work, involvement in the Church, simplicity of their life, and a call to deeper community life continue to inspire the priests of St. Basil today.


Located in the Archdiocese of Detroit, Detroit Catholic Central High School is fully accredited by the North Central Association and is under the guidance of the Basilian Fathers.