Frequently Asked Questions

Are conferences recommended for all students or just the students who are struggling academically?

  • Yes, conferences are recommended for every student, whether they are achieving or struggling.  It is important to build relationships between teachers and parents as well as allow both parent and teacher to better know and understand the student and his/her needs.

Are students allowed to bring laptops to class?

  • Students may bring laptops to class.  In most cases, they will not be accessible during testing. Students should secure laptops in their lockers when not in use.

Are students encouraged to attend parent/teacher conferences?

  • Yes, students are encouraged to attend conferences. It allows for clear dialogue between parent, teacher, and student, which supports student growth.

As a parent, how can I get involved at Central Catholic?

  • Some possible options are to attend Parent Association Meetings or to volunteer in the library, Development Office, or for Co-curricular activities. CLICK HERE to see a list of volunteer opportunities.

Do seniors need to submit their own photos for the yearbook?

  • Seniors take their photos with the rest of the student body the second week of school (liturgy dress for the photo session is required for seniors).  Seniors do not submit their own pictures for the yearbook.

How do I schedule a time to meet with my student’s teachers during conferences?

  • All teachers are available during Parent/Teacher Conferences.  The only exceptions are teachers who are head coaches of varsity athletic teams and the game is in conflict with conferences or the teacher has an unexpected illness or emergency.
  • Parents are encouraged to email teachers about concerns that they have at any time throughout the semester. Conferences provide a snapshot view of student performance. Parents see teachers on a first come, first serve basis for conferences.  If more than 5 minutes are needed, parents are asked to schedule a time outside conferences to meet with the teacher. Parents may leave a contact number/email for the teacher to call the parent if teachers are not available during conferences.

How often will my student see his/her counselor?

  • Counselors have a lot of contact with students throughout their high school experience. All students meet individually with their counselor each year for a check in and discussion of their four year plan. Counselors designate specific times of the year to meet with students based on their year in school. Early fall is designated for meeting with transfer students and Freshmen to make sure they are acclimating to the school. During the fall and winter of first semester counselors meet with seniors to help them with their post high school plans.  Second semester is the time when counselors meet with juniors and sophomores. Additionally, counselors will identify and meet with students who may be struggling academically based on progress grades. Counselors are also available on an as needed basis for students who need support or attention.
  • Students will also have multiple contacts with counselors through classroom presentations. Counselors are able to discuss their role with students as well as The Called to Protect training in presentations in the freshmen religion classes. Counselors present in multiple classes to share EXPLORE, PLAN and PSAT testing results with 9th through 11th grade students. Counselors are also working with class presentations around the topics of bullying, and drug and alcohol use.
  • The College Counselor focuses her work with seniors during first semester, working in large classroom presentations as well as one-on-one meetings.  Second Semester she works with juniors in the same manner.

How should my student dress on picture day?

  • Freshmen through Juniors should adhere to the regular dress code. Seniors must wear liturgy dress during the time that pictures are being taken, but can change back to regular clothes once pictures are over.

If there is an emergency during school hours (natural disaster or otherwise), how can I reach my student?

  • In the event of an emergency, the Emergency Response Team will send out information through the media via FlashNews and post on the school’s website.

What are the school's hours?

  • The main academic building is open from 6:30am to 4:00pm.

What do students need to know to take the Computer Challenge/Proficiency test?

  • Students should have command of the keyboard, word processing, Excel spreadsheets, databases, Power Point, and Internet research skills.

What is students4students?

  • students4students is one of Central Catholic's important annual fundraisers. Every year, students raise money to help cover tuition costs of the 50% of students who receive financial assistance. CLICK HERE to read more about students4students.

What kind of calculator does my student need for their math class?

  • A chart showing the required calculator for each math class. CLICK HERE to download chart.

What organizational tools can my student use to prepare for their new class schedule?

  • For many, it is helpful to have a separate folder to hold class notes and assignments for each class and a binder to hold the folders together for a cardinal and a gold day.  Additionally, a file cabinet at home with a folder for each class allows for purging class work from notebooks.  This allows students to keep everything organized to better prepare for testing throughout the semester besides lightening the load in students’ backpacks.

What should my child wear on liturgy days?

  • Expectations are outlined in the Student Handbook under the dress code section.
    CLICK HERE to view the Student Handbook.

What should my student expect from a Catholic Mass?

  • Participation in a school Mass is an opportunity for students to experience God in their lives, regardless of their religious preference.
  • Freshmen are taken through a step-by-step guide to the Catholic Mass prior to the first all school mass in September.  Transfer students will receive detailed information in their religion classes regarding what to expect as well as expected behavior at Catholic Masses.
  • At all liturgical events, students are expected to behave in a respectful and reverential way.During communion, those students who chose not to receive will simply place their right hand over their heart to receive a blessing.

When should I purchase a PE uniform for my student?

  • Families will have an opportunity to purchase PE uniforms during fall registration, or when they begin class in January.

Where can a student go to study after school?

  • Students may see teachers for help after school.  It is helpful to check in with the teacher regarding availability at specific times.
  • The library and after school Study Hall is available during prescribed hours. After school Study Hall is available from 2:45-3:45pm, Monday through Thursday evenings.  Room 254 is available for freshmen and sophomores; room 252 is available for juniors and seniors.  Teachers are available to help student in the study hall.

Where can I find information about carpooling?

  • Parents/students manage their carpool situation.  A student directory is available in the fall. Parents and students can identify other families who live in the same area and contact them to make carpool arrangements. A list of families who would like to carpool is also available from the Admissions Office.

Where can I find information about Catholicism?

  • Central Catholic is open to students of all faith traditions.  If you would like information about the Catholic faith, check the USCCB (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops) website, contact your son’s or daughter’s religion teacher, or contact Danyelle Ramsey, Assistant Principal and the Director of Campus Ministry.

Where can I find information about the dress code?

  • The Student Handbook provides information about the Central Catholic dress code. CLICK HERE to view the handbook.

Where can I find information about the required school supplies for each class?

  • Teachers will explain what is needed for each class. More expensive items that are needed for specific classes are identified in the Curriculum Guide. CLICK HERE to view the Curriculum Guide.

Where can I get the course syllabus for my students' class?

  • Teachers share the course syllabus with their students at the beginning of the semester.  At the beginning of the year, on ‘Back to School Night," the teachers usually have the syllabi available for the parent visitors. That will be a great opportunity to ask them about test dates and assignment protocol as well.  Our teachers are also accessible by e-mail and through Canvas.

Where can I meet other Central Catholic parents?

The following activities are great ways to meet Central Catholic parents:
  • Registration Day
  • Back-to-School Night
  • Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • Parent Association Meetings
  • Parent meetings for athletic teams
  • Co-curricular Events
  • Presidents' Dinner and Auction

Where should I go for Parent /Teacher Conferences?

  • Parents should come through the front doors for Parent/Teacher Conferences. Information is available upon entry to assist parents with the process as well as to find teachers. Conferences at Central Catholic have traditionally been held in classrooms to provide more privacy for parents and families.
Where can I find Central Catholic's immunization and exemption rates?
  • Central Catholic is required to share our immunization and exemption rates for each vaccine required for school attendance. CLICK HERE to see how many students at our school are vaccinated and CLICK HERE for Multnomah County records.