Grand Island Catholic School

A Commitment to Excellence
Crusader Life and Academics

crusader lifeGrand Island Central Catholic School is unmatched when it comes to Grand Island, Nebraska, academics. We strive to provide the best possible preparation for our students to succeed in their goals for a higher education. Our administration and staff work hard to give your child “an edge” when it comes to being prepared for life beyond these walls. The success of our students and nearly 100% college matriculation rate is irrefutable proof that we have earned our reputation as a top-notch college prep school.

In addition to our academic priority, we produce well-rounded individuals who are mentally, spiritually, and physically strong.

GICC Grading Scale

A - 100-93
B - 92-85
C - 84-77
D - 76-70
F - Below 70
P - Pass

Academic News

7th grade Our amazing Crusaders out did themselves again! We had seven 7th graders qualify for Duke Tip. This award is based on high ACT scores as 7th graders. There were 430 students in Nebraska that qualified for this award, and we had seven. GICC is very proud of our middle school students!

Core Academics

We offer our students a full range of academic and enrichment courses including Advanced Placement (AP) courses, tech prep courses, and religious studies. Our low student to teacher ratio of 12:1 allows us to provide custom, individualized teaching and counseling opportunities. Please refer to the Course Guides provided at the side of this page for complete descriptions.

College Level Options

We also offer various academic opportunities that help prepare our high school students for college courses and career success. For more information, please visit the Counselor page and review the College Level Preparation Options.

Course Credits

Course credits are primarily determined by the number of class periods per week. English, history, math, science, and foreign language courses are typically 5 credits per semester. The majority of the required courses are offered daily as a yearlong course. Course credits vary from 1-5 credits per semester (2-10 per years). Dual-credit college courses, available to juniors and seniors, makes us one of the most exceptional Catholic high schools in Central Nebraska. Test prep, senior seminar, and aides receive only pass/fail evaluation and are not included in a student’s GPA. 

AP Courses Offered
Calculus AB
English Language & Composition  
Required Academic Courses

Tech Prep Courses Offered
Medical Terminology

Required Academic Courses
Central Catholic has the reputation as an outstanding Grand Island college prep high school, which requires 228 credit hours in grades 9-12 for graduation, but students typically graduate with between 250-300 credit hours - each student must carry 30 credit hours per semester.

Required Courses - Grades 9-12
Religious Studies - 40 credits
English - 40 credits
Social Studies - 35 credits
Math - 30 credits
Science - 30 credits
Computer Apps - 05 credit
Physical Education & Health - 15 credits
Speech - 05 credits
Electives - 28 credits
(Music, Art, Journalism, Foreign Language etc.)


All students participate in weekly Mass and explore their faith in theology courses. While we offer a Catholic faith-based education, this Grand Island private school welcomes students of all faiths to join together in this experience.

Service Opportunities

Central Catholic students volunteer hundreds of hours each year to various organizations in Grand Island. Many students travel to do mission work beyond our state and even in other countries. Giving of their time and talent teaches our children that they can, and do, have a direct impact on their community and those whom they serve. Strive to go beyond the traditional Grand Island, Nebraska, education, and give your child the opportunity to learn even more.

Athletics and Extracurricular Activities

Grand Central students compete in a variety of athletic and extracurricular programs. Participation in these activities develops leadership, camaraderie, a healthy spirit of competitiveness, and confidence. We invite you to take a look at our athletics program and to see what clubs and activities we have to offer. As one of the premier private schools in Nebraska, we have something for everyone!

College Prep

We encourage our students to begin preparing for college as early as the middle school years. Be sure that you are taking the necessary steps to prepare for college by visiting our Counselor page, and learn why we are one of the most superior middle and high schools in central Nebraska.