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School Life

Since our founding in 1974, Central Catholic has provided a faith-filled and academically rigorous experience that forms both the mind and the heart. Our faculty and staff members work together with our hundreds of students from grades K-8 and their families to create a vibrant and thriving community.

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Central Catholic provides its students with a rigorous curriculum that is a balance of academics, religion, and special subjects—such as music, art, physical education, and computers.

Students graduate as 8th graders with a broad knowledge base that serves them well through their high school and college years.


NWEA MAP Formative Assessment

Throughout the school year, students participate in the NWEA MAP test - a formative assessment designed to inform teachers and parents how a student is progressing in Reading, Language Usage, and Math.  Students take the MAP assessment three times a year - fall, winter (January) and again in the spring.  This allows us to see what they have learned and how we can best help them master the standards of their grade level.

For information on the MAP Test, see the NWEA MAP Guide




Each spring, students in grades 3-8 participate in the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+)  to measure proficiency towards the grade level standards.  This test is the basis for the Indiana School Accountability grades.  The testing window for this school year is below:

 ISTEP+ Part I - Applied Skills February 26 - March 9
 ISTEP+ Part II April 16 - May 4


Each spring, students in grade 3 partcipate in the IREAD 3 exam to measue proficiency in reading. Students taking this test must pass the exam in order to advance to 4th grade where students transition from learning to read, to reading to learn.  The testing window for this school year is below:

IREAD 3 March 12-16


In addition to forming the hearts and minds of our students, Central Catholic offers a variety of athletic programs. Our offerings include boys and girls cross country, football, coed soccer, girls and boys volleyball, boys and girls basketball, and girls kickball. Available sporting events are through both CYO athletics as well as intramural sports.

As representatives of Central Catholic School, all team members and their parents are expected to reflect honor upon their school by their actions and attitudes.


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Moving from the Bottom Third to the Top Third in the Nation

Moving from the Bottom Third to the Top Third in the Nation

Notre Dame ACE Academies are closing the achievement gap. The median national percentile ranking (NPR) of our students increased from fall to spring every year, indicating students gained more than 1 year of growth. From fall 2011 to spring 2015, on average, our students improved from the bottom third to the top third in the nation in math. Reading scores are just as impressive with students moving from the 29th to the 53rd percentile.

Closing the Gap Quickly

Closing the Gap Quickly

New students typically enter Notre Dame ACE Academies several grade levels behind (navy bars). Our culture of high expectations for academic growth and character formation quickly catch them up. Even students who have only been in the ACE Academies for 1 year show dramatic academic gains, which they continue to demonstrate in subsequent years (green & gold bars). Math scores show similar results with students entering in the 33rd percentile and quickly moving up to the 42nd after just one year.