Kolbe Cathedral High School is a Catholic co-educational, four-year urban high school established by the Diocese of Bridgeport dedicated to serving a diverse, multicultural population. It currently has an enrollment of about 325 students. Kolbe Cathedral High School is fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and the Connecticut Department of Education. The professional staff includes religious and lay members. Admission is open to all students who, on the basis of a placement test and admission process, qualify for admission. 

The mission is to empower students with knowledge, skills and Catholic values. Members of the school community are expected to “Work Hard and Be Nice.” The school and family form a partnership to foster the development of young Christian men and women academically, spiritually, socially, emotionally, and physically. Successful completion of four years at Kolbe Cathedral produces an individual who exhibits caring for others in the spirit of Christianity, sharing of knowledge, skills and talents for the good of others, and strength of character that dares to make a difference by living the Gospel message.  

The early 1960's marked the opening of several Catholic Secondary Schools in the Diocese of Bridgeport. Kolbe Boys High School and Cathedral Girls High School were among them. Kolbe was staffed by the Franciscans and Cathedral by the Daughters of the Holy Spirit. In June 1976 Bishop Walter Curtis closed Kolbe and in September Cathedral was renamed Kolbe Cathedral High School, a co-educational secondary school. Thirty-two years later Kolbe Cathedral High School continues to thrive, having blended the traditions of both schools into a strong, diverse, value centered college preparatory school.

Grading System
GradeRangeQuality Points
FBelow 650.0

Passing grade: D
First Honors: 3.75 average or above. No grade below a B.
Second Honors: 3.25 average or above. No grade below a C+. No more than one C+.

Curriculum: College Preparatory
Classes meet for 80-minute periods, 5 times per week, 4 credits per semester. 4x4 block schedule. Average class size is 20.

Advanced Placement
Available in alternating years: English Language and U.S. History

Graduation Requirements for 2015
A student must earn a minimum of 29 credits.

Distribution is as follows:

Religion4 credits
English4 credits
Math4 credits
Science3 credits
Social Studies4 credits
Foreign Language2 credits
Arts/Vocational Education1 credit
Health & Physical Education2 credits
Electives6 credits
Community Service4 years


Summer reading required for promotion to next grade.

Class Rank
Rank is calculated at mid-year and the end of each year including all subjects. 
Weighting factor for AP and Honor courses is used.

Advanced Schooling - Class of 2014:
4-year College88%
2-year College11%
Preparatory School0%
Certificate Program1%

Special Programs
Honors Program

Diverse multi-cultural population.
50% Catholic / 50% Non-Catholic
93% Bridgeport residents

Soccer, Volleyball, Basketball, Bowling, Cheerleading, Baseball, and Softball.

Extracurricular Activities
Student Council, Yearbook, Newspaper, Choir, Poetry Club, Building with Books Club, J.U.S.T. K., Pastoral Ministry Team, National Honor Society, French National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, S.A.D.D., and Class Officer.

College Acceptances
The representative list below is a partial listing of schools where Kolbe Cathedral graduates have been accepted during the past four years.

Adelphi UniversityMount St. Mary College
Alabama A&M UniversityNew England College
Albertus Magnus UniversityNichols College
American International CollegeNorfolk University
The Art Institute of New YorkNortheastern University
Bay Path CollegeNorwalk Community College
Becker CollegeOhio University
Berkeley CollegePace University
Boston CollegeProvidence College
Briarwood CollegeQuinnipiac University
Carnegie Melon UniversityRochester Institute of Technology
Catholic University of AmericaSacred Heart University
Central CT State UniversitySt. John’s University
Clark UniversitySt. Joseph’s College
The College of New RochelleSt. Joseph’s University
Columbia CollegeSt. Lawrence University
Cornell CollegeSeton Hall University
Delaware State UniversitySouthern CT State University
Eastern CT State UniversitySwarthmore College
Emerson CollegeTrinity College
Fairfield UniversityTufts University
Fisher CollegeTuskegee University
Fordham UniversityUniversity of Bridgeport
Gateway Community CollegeUniversity of Connecticut
Hampton UniversityUniversity of Hartford
Hofstra UniversityUniversity of New Haven
Housatonic Community CollegeUniversity of Maryland
Howard UniversityUniversity of Pennsylvania
Iona CollegeUniversity of Rhode Island
Johns Hopkins UniversityUniversity of Rochester
Johnson & Wales UniversityUniversity of Vermont
Long Island CollegeVirginia State University
Manhattanville CollegeVirginia Union University
Mercy CollegeWestern CT State University
Mitchell CollegeWesleyan University
Monroe CollegeWilliams College
Morgan State UniversityYale University