Why Catholic Schools of Greater Kalamazoo Should be on Your Radar: You Don’t Have to be Catholic to Attend + 5 More Enrollment Myths Busted

Catholic Schools of Greater Kalamazoo (CSGK)

Educate the Mind, Body and Soul with The Catholic Schools of Greater Kalamazoo

Catholic Schools of Greater Kalamazoo

St. Augustine Cathedral School
St. Monica Catholic School
Hackett Catholic Prep High School

Parenting comes with many choices. Are my kids eating the right food? Are they watching too much TV? Are they going to the best school?

Luckily the Catholic Schools of Greater Kalamazoo are here to help – with the last one anyway. 

The Catholic Schools of Greater Kalamazoo are committed to the education and formation of the entire person: mind, body and soul through the cultivation of faith, knowledge and service.

St. Augustine Cathedral School and St. Monica Catholic School serve grades Pre-K – 8 and Hackett Catholic Prep High School serves grades 9 – 12.  

Catholic Schools of Greater Kalamazoo: boy placing crown on statue

Top 6 Catholic School Myths

We all want our kids to have a great education, quality friendships and options for extracurriculars.

What if you want religion to be part of your child’s school experience and not just reserved for non-school hours?

The Catholic Schools of Greater Kalamazoo are a faith-based community with God as the foundation. Are you thinking that Catholic education is too expensive or only for Catholic families? Good news! The answer to both: it’s not.

The Catholic Schools of Greater Kalamazoo are here to support your child in their education, faith and friendships – and do some myth-busting along the way.

Myth 1: Catholic School is Too Expensive

The cost of private schools can be challenging for families. The Catholic Schools of Greater Kalamazoo do everything they can to make it affordable. 

Tuition is income-based on a sliding scale. A family’s first child can attend for as low as $2,000 per year. Plus assistance is available for families who need it at all grade levels. Scholarships are available for high school students.

Many families also benefit from the Tuition Reduction Incentive Program:

What is the Tuition Reduction Incentive Program (T.R.I.P.)?

Families can reduce tuition costs through purchasing gift cards: a portion of the cost of the gift card goes right into a personal account for your child. The balance in this account gets applied toward the cost of tuition.

For example, purchasing a Target gift card puts 2.5% into a T.R.I.P. account without any extra fees. Anyone with your child’s account number can contribute. 

Myth 2: It’s Only for Catholics

Catholic Schools of Greater Kalamazoo are for everyone, regardless of faith.

God is the foundation of everything at CSGK and they welcome all families to attend, irrespective of whether they are Roman Catholic.

Students start and end their days with prayer and participate in weekly Masses. Teachers have solid faith formation and serve their students as role models of the Catholic faith, reinforcing the lessons you teach at home as they care for their spiritual and educational well-being.

This strong moral grounding is beneficial for all young people, whether or not your family is Catholic. 

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Myth 3: My Child Will Miss Out on Sports & Extracurriculars

Arts and athletics are very important to many families as well as the Catholic Schools of Greater Kalamazoo.

Students get to take advantage of the same opportunities as their public school counterparts, but in a smaller setting. This means maximized playtime in sports, and highly individualized instruction and assistance in the arts. 

Each school also has extracurricular activities. Choices at St Augustine include Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts, and Science Olympiad. St. Monica students can choose from activities such as soccer, Math Counts and choir.

Middle school students at St. Augustine and St. Monica can participate in volleyball, basketball, and track. High schoolers at Hackett Catholic Prep have dozens of options including jazz band, dance team, newspaper, quiz bowl, robotics, student council, and theatre. Plus Hackett has 20 varsity athletic programs!

Myth 4: School Uniforms Don’t Allow for Individuality

Back-to-school shopping can be very stressful – and expensive – for families, especially when kids want to keep up with the latest fashions. Uniforms ease that stress and even save money. Plus no battles in the morning over what to wear to school!

Students still have the option to add personal touches such as simple jewelry and a cause bracelet. There are also “uniform holidays” throughout the year.  

Myth 5: It Will Be Harder for My Kids to Socialize & Make Friends

Each of the Catholic Schools of Greater Kalamazoo has a very welcoming community. While students may not know anyone on the first day of school, it very quickly starts to feel like a family.

Families form connections with each other and socialize outside of school. They may attend the same church on Sundays. Students play on the same sports teams or participate in the same extracurricular activities.

Parents have many opportunities throughout the year to get involved in the school community. Families celebrate each other’s successes and support each other in tough times.

Contact the Catholic Schools of Greater Kalamazoo today to start being part of this amazing faith-based community now.

Myth 6: Buses Are Only for Public Schools

All schools in CSGK offer bus transportation for students. If your family lives within the Portage or Kalamazoo Public Schools boundaries, you are eligible for bus services for both St. Monica and Hackett.

St. Augustine Cathedral School also offers bus transportation for KPS boundary residents.

To request bus transportation for your child, simply contact PPS or KPS transportation to arrange pickup direct to your school. The CSGK school office staff can also assist with transportation questions.

CSGK Schools Summary

St. Augustine Cathedral School

600 W Michigan Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49007
269-349-1945

• Grades: Pre-K – 8th Grade
• Bus Service: Available to families that reside in Kalamazoo Public Schools boundaries
• Extracurriculars include Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Girls on the Run, Book Challenge, Science Olympiad and Ski Club
• Specials: Art, Gym, Music, Spanish, Library, Technology and Band (optional)
• After School Care: Available from preschool through 8th grade

St. Monica Catholic School

530 W Kilgore Rd, Kalamazoo, MI 49008
269-345-2444

• Grades: Pre-K – 8th Grade
• Class size: 16 – 30 students
• Bus Service: Available to families that reside in either Kalamazoo or Portage Public Schools boundaries
• Extracurriculars include Student Council, Sewing Club, Liturgical Choir and Book Challenge
• Specials: Art, Gym, Music, Spanish, Library, Technology and Band (optional)
• After School Care: Available from preschool through 8th grade

Hackett Catholic Prep High School

1000 W Kilgore Rd, Kalamazoo, MI 49008
269-381-2646

• Grades: 9 – 12
• Bus Service: Available to families that reside in either Kalamazoo or Portage Public Schools boundaries
• Student Ratio: 10:1
• Required Courses include Theology, English, Social Studies, Math, Science, Fine Arts, World Language, Physical Education, and Business
• Advancement Placement classes include biology, English, Spanish, Latin and Computer Science Principles
• Extracurriculars include jazz band, book club, Earth club, Liturgical choir, National Honor Society, Quiz Bowl, robotics, theatre, and Student Council

Catholic Schools of Greater Kalamazoo

1000 W Kilgore Rd
Kalamazoo, MI 49008
(269) 381-2646



5 thoughts on “Why Catholic Schools of Greater Kalamazoo Should be on Your Radar: You Don’t Have to be Catholic to Attend + 5 More Enrollment Myths Busted”

    1. Yes. In Augusta. Light of Christ Academy is a Catholic school with a Classical education for K-8th grade in the upper academy and a Montessori preschool. It’s a wonderful place. My kids go there!

  1. Yes. In Augusta. Light of Christ Academy is a Catholic school with a Classical education for K-8th grade in the upper academy and a Montessori preschool. It’s a wonderful place. My kids go there!

  2. We are grandparents and parents of multiple children who have attended and graduated from all three Catholic schools here in Kalamazoo. Also, our own five completed their educations at St.Mary School and Hackett Catholic. We are so happy to be able to tell you that they all received outstanding educations. They were exceptionally well prepared for college and thrived socially, educationally and spiritually from their experiences. Many families undergo sacrifice to provide these educations for their children but the great majority would tell you that it was so very worthwhile. We currently have three grandchildren at Hackett and one at St. Augustine. Thank you.

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