The Mission of Bishop Chatard High School
Bishop Chatard High School prepares students for a life-long commitment to faith, learning, leadership and service.
- Religious instruction faithful to doctrine and contemporary in presentation — Instruction addresses both personal sanctification and social responsibility in light of Christian values and tradition. It does not emphasize one of these dimensions at the expense of the other nor is the religious instruction restricted to the religion classes. Efforts are made to relate all aspects of human culture to the news of salvation. Teachers point out the relationships between the Gospel message and the content of other academic disciplines.
- Spiritual and moral guidance — Appropriate opportunities for the Sacrament of Reconciliation are given. Spiritual and personal counseling are made available to the students. The goals and expectations of the school’s code of student behavior, and other school-wide policies, are rooted in Gospel values.
- Strong Youth Ministry — Youth ministry organizes school-wide and small-group liturgical worship. It also provides student retreats and days of recollection. Youth ministry establishes programs which train students for service to the less fortunate. It also arranges opportunities for student service to others.
During his 1987 pastoral visit to the United States, Pope John Paul II described it this way: “The ultimate goal of all Catholic education is salvation in Jesus Christ. Catholic educators effectively work for the coming of Christ’s Kingdom. This work includes transmitting in full the message of salvation, which elicits the response of faith.” This ultimate goal is realized by the achievement of three specific objectives in our Catholic schools:
- To teach the doctrine of the Catholic Church: The transmitting of the objective content of our faith is the foundation upon which Catholic students will build their adult lives of faith.
- To build community: It is very important that we call our students beyond the extreme individualism of our age and invite them into caring communities where they will learn about themselves, grow to their full potential, and discover the presence of God.
- To motivate service: The message of salvation is communicated by motivating young people to service. Catholic teaching doesn’t end with doctrine. If it did, it would be rather sterile. Catholic teaching doesn’t end with community building. If it did, it would be rather self-serving. Catholic education finds its fulfillment in motivating others to service, a dimension clearly rooted in the life and ministry of Jesus himself.
WHO WE ARE
- 2021-2022 Enrollment: 676
- Catholic representation: 89%
- Minority representation: 20%
- 2021 graduates receiving Indiana Academic Honors Diplomas: 59%
- 2021 graduates pursuing a college education: 96%
- Students who participate in class retreats during each of their 4 years at BCHS: 95%
- Students participating in extracurricular activities: 79%
- Students participating in athletics: 78%
- Every student will have an equal opportunity to contribute in significant ways to the positive life of the school.
- We will value and respect one another and enhance the opportunity for all students to reach their full potential.
- This vision will be realized as we commit to integrating our Catholic values into our daily interactions and behaviors.
Our Faculty & Staff
Mr. Bill Sahm serves as the president of Bishop Chatard High School and is responsible for all facets of its operations, with a focus on institutional advancement. Principal Joe Hansen leads the academic team while Executive Director of Mission Integration, Libbie Steiner, directs faith and spiritual formation. Vice Principal Ben Reilly and Vice Principal of Academics Ann Taylor assist with leadership for the school.
Bishop Chatard is staffed by 98 administrators, teachers, and guidance counselors.
All Bishop Chatard teachers hold a bachelor’s degree or catechetical certificate and 80 percent hold at least one master’s degree or higher.
Teachers participate in the Catholic Educator Advancement Program (CEAP) which directs compensation based on performance in the classroom, commitment to our mission and personal educational advancement. All teachers are certified in their teaching areas by the state of Indiana.
A unique leadership model helps faculty and staff achieve that goal. Principal Joe Hansen oversees the high school’s academic program which offers students over 120 courses. Honors, Advanced Placement and Dual Credit classes account for over one-third of the course offerings, and the success rate in advanced classes is high. For the BCHS Class of 2021, 84% of the senior class graduated from Bishop Chatard with college credit earned through either AP or Dual Credit classes, with an average of 10.69 credits per student.
Bishop Chatard’s student body is comprised of a broad range of learners. The school is able to maintain an inclusive learning environment by offering innovative programs and resources necessary to narrow learning gaps.
- Courses offered: 123
- AP & Dual Credit Courses offered: 24
- Honors Courses offered: 22
- Students served by Academic Support Program: 20%
- Student-to-Teacher ratio: 13:1
- Average class size: 17
Graduates in Bishop Chatard’s Class of 2021 earned over $23.7 million in college scholarships and grants, an average of $139,400 per student. 59 percent of the class received an Indiana Academic Honors diploma and five earned the school’s Summa Cum Laude distinction. 84% of the class graduated with college credit — an average of 10.69 credits per student.
These are all part of the Bishop Chatard experience.
Within the walls of Bishop Chatard High School, our Catholic faith permeates school curriculum and activities in a purposeful and structured way. Teachers and staff, led by a unique President-Principal leadership team including a Director of Mission Integration, create a faith-based learning environment that supports the pursuit of academic excellence while promoting Christian values. An underlying current in our halls and classrooms prompts students to continually look beyond themselves to see those in need and take the initiative to serve.
- Average service hours in a typical year: 15,000
- Upperclassmen serving as retreat leaders: 90
- Seniors serving as Freshman Peer Ministers: 24
The faith formation begun at Bishop Chatard does not end at graduation. The service hours performed annually by our students, and participation in domestic and foreign Christian service immersion programs, are preparation for discipleship in today’s global society. The continuing commitment to faith, learning, leadership and service is part of what it means to be a Trojan for life.
Success in and out of the classroom is stressed for all students, supportive of the talents they bring to Bishop Chatard. During the 2020-2021 school year, 119 Trojans were named Academic All-State athletes, including 1 Academic All-State team. Seven students were named Academic All-American and 2 teams received Academic-All American recognition. We believe potential is not measured at our Archdiocesan North Deanery high school by grade point average. Involvement outside the classroom is emphasized in support of the value our mission places on developing the whole person.
Generally 95 percent of our student body participated in class retreats, ranging from a day of reflection to a three-night/four-day Christian awakening. 207 (31%) of our students volunteer as school ambassadors, representing Bishop Chatard in a leadership capacity. 78 percent of students compete on athletic teams, while 79 percent are active in clubs and the arts. Bishop Chatard’s student publications are consistently named among the best in the state and nation.
At Bishop Chatard, we believe that each individual has infinite value, and we are committed to providing extracurricular activities that appeal to all.
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- THE SCHOOL MOTTO
- The school motto, FESTINA LENTE, is Latin for Saint Paul’s plea: ‘Make haste, slowly,’ meaning that we hurry to join our Lord, but we take the time to live our lives well.
- THE SCHOOL COAT OF ARMS
The school coat of arms is based on symbols that represent the four foundational principles of the mission of Bishop Chatard High School – Faith, Learning, Leadership and Service.
- SCHOOL SPIRIT
School Colors: Royal Blue and White
School Mascot: Trojans
- TROJAN FIGHT SONG
- Cheers to her name,
- Hail to victory,
- Always remember
- Trojans we will be. Rah! Rah! Rah!
- Active in game,
- Ready to fight,
- Defending her colors,
Three cheers for the blue and white-Fight!
- BISHOP CHATARD ALMA MATER
- Here’s to Chatard our Alma Mater
- Proud are we of her sons and daughters
- Loyal and true we’ll always be
- Standing as Christians for all to see.
- Laud and Glory we give to you
- Heralding your colors of white and blue.
- All through our life we’ll always guard
- Our love of dear Chatard
- Our love of dear Chatard.