FAQs

Do you have questions about the enrollment process? Busing? What an average day looks like? We are here to help answer those questions and more!
 
If you have a question that is not answered here, please contact Angela Baumler in Admissions at abaumler@lchsyes.org

Enrollment & Tuition FAQs

What is the overall enrollment at Lancaster Catholic?
Lancaster Catholic High School serves students in grades 9 through 12 and has an enrollment of 550 students, with individual grades ranging in enrollment from 125-150 students.
 
I LOVE Lancaster Catholic, but how can we afford the tuition?
Lancaster Catholic is incredibly blessed to be able to offer financial aid to over 50% of our families. Families who are interested in financial aid please complete the online FACTS application, which then allows us to begin the process of awarding financial aid. Because we know that each family has its own unique situation and we want to be of assistance, we also encourage families to contact our Business Office directly so that we are best able to understand what is possible for your family and what limitations you face. The Business Office can be reached directly at 717.509.0307.
 
What is the cost of an LCHS education?
We strive to make a Catholic High education affordable for everyone. The full tuition for Catholic students registered in our local parishes is $9,150 for the 2020-2021 school year. A family’s financial situation, however, can make them eligible for financial aid in varying amounts. Last year, 52% of our families received financial aid and the average financial aid scholarship is $4,000. In addition, over $1 million is provided annually through the generosity of the parishioners in our Catholic parishes in Lancaster County to support LCHS. Therefore, there is a separate tuition amount for students who are not Catholic. For 2020-2021 the full tuition amount is $10,150.
 
Is Financial Aid available?
Year after year, we have been able to offer an LCHS education at a tuition amount which is less than the actual cost of education. Due to the overwhelming generosity of our parishes and the LCHS community, we are able to offer financial aid to qualifying families. We are aware that there are people who cannot afford to attend LCHS on their own and need assistance. Need-based Financial Aid is available for qualifying families. To be considered for financial aid, you must complete the FACTS GRANT and AID application. The application can be found here.
 
How do I know if I am eligible for Financial Aid?
Eligibility is determined by completing the FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment (FGAA) application. FGAA is an objective and professional organization that specializes in student aid analysis using federal methodology. Household income and the number of children in tuition schools are the largest factors, but there are also other multiple factors used in determining eligibility. Lancaster Catholic uses the services of FGAA to assist us in determining the financial aid amount for each family. After examining each family situation, a decision is made on eligibility for financial aid. Priority will be given to Catholic families who are registered in their parish and actively participate in parish life. If you are unsure if your family will qualify you for Financial Aid, we recommend that you file the application.

How can I apply for Financial Aid?
FGAA applications will be posted on our website. In order to complete the application, you will need a complete copy of your 2018 IRS Form 1040 and 2019 W-2's.  You do not need to wait until your 2019 Tax Return is complete. There is a $35 processing fee to complete the application for 2020-2021. The LCHS Business Office is available to assist you in completing the FGAA application. Please contact us at 717.509.0307 or lgarner@lchsyes.org.

Is there any other Aid available?
In addition to need-based aid, there are eleven Merit Scholarships and several donor-sponsored scholarships for incoming freshmen students. Students applying for merit or donor-sponsored scholarships are asked to complete a Sponsor Application Cover Sheet for each scholarship for which they are applying. These forms and additional information are located on our website. 

Life at Lancaster Catholic FAQs

Does Lancaster Catholic provide busing?
Students attending Lancaster Catholic and residing within Lancaster County have access to busing. Students in Ephrata, Columbia, and Elizabethtown are able to use a bus from the local parishes. All other school districts bus students directly to Lancaster Catholic.
 
What time does school begin and end? How many periods are in a school day?
Students must be seated in homeroom by 8:00 AM and our school day concludes at 2:57 PM. During the course of the day, students will have four core class periods in addition to lunch and a Crusader Period. Click here for more information about the class schedule format. 
 
What are the academic programs like at Lancaster Catholic?
Lancaster Catholic is pleased to offer courses that prepare our students for the next step in their life, whatever that might be. With 95% of our graduates pursuing higher education, our classes rigorously prepare students in the areas of critical reading, writing, and thinking skills across all disciplines. In addition to the core subjects, we are pleased to offer many liberal arts electives that provide foundational skills for all future endeavors. Students have access to 11 AP courses and 7 courses that can be taken for credit through HACC and Millersville University.

Students who may have gaps in their learning may take advantage of our Foundations courses which help students to increase their foundational skills in specific content areas. Instructional Support is available to any student with a documented learning challenge.

Recognizing that each student is unique, our overall academic goal is to move students to their greatest skill level in preparation for life beyond Lancaster Catholic. The Class of 2019 merited almost $11.9 million in scholarship for their work done at Lancaster Catholic High School.
 
What is the schedule like on a shadow day?
Students arrive at 8 AM and meet with the Admissions Counselor for a brief overview of the day. The students are then matched with their host and spend the day attending classes. Guests are encouraged to participate in classes (asking questions, answering questions, etc) to the extent that they feel comfortable. A lunch pass is provided. Shortly before dismissal, guests will report back to the Admissions Counselor for a wrap-up conversation and so that any remaining questions can be answered.

Guests who have a specific host in mind may make that request; if there is no specific request, students are matched based on grade, academic interests, and extracurricular interests. All guests are asked to wear “church appropriate” attire – avoiding jeans, sneakers, and leggings as much as possible.
 
Do you have to be Catholic to attend Lancaster Catholic?
Lancaster Catholic is open to students of any religious background who support our Mission. Roughly 20% of Lancaster Catholic’s student body is not Catholic and their various backgrounds bring a diversity of perspectives that are welcome in our community. Non-Catholic students are encouraged to participate in prayer and liturgy to the extent that they feel comfortable, though attendance is mandatory.
 
How many students attend Lancaster Catholic who didn’t attend a Catholic elementary school?
The Lancaster Catholic community is comprised of students from across Lancaster County and beyond. While about two-thirds of the student body attended a Catholic elementary school in Lancaster County, one-third of our students are coming from public schools, other private schools, and beyond.
 
How do you acclimate students that transfer into Lancaster Catholic?
A great tradition at Lancaster Catholic is our Orientation process, which serves to acclimate all new students into our community. For students joining us in the fall semester, we offer parent/student sessions in August which allow for parent questions while students are walking through their schedule with a personal guide. All new students then participate in Orientation, the day prior to the opening of classes. On Orientation Day students will form small groups that are intentionally diverse in terms of student background so that our new community can begin to form. These small groups are under the supervision of two trained Link Leaders who serve as a resource to the students throughout their transition into Lancaster Catholic.

Students who transfer in at a time other than the start of the fall semester will be partnered with a Link Leader who will serve as their tour guide and buddy throughout the transition process.
 
Do all students have to take Theology class?
All students at Lancaster Catholic are enrolled in a Theology class every year. None of the courses are dependent upon prerequisite knowledge. The order of courses is as follows: Introduction to Catholicism, Sacred Scripture, Morality, Church History & Vocation.