Frequently Asked Questions

Bishop Hartley is a four-year, comprehensive, Diocesan Roman Catholic high school for young men and women. It is located in East Columbus and serves the East, South, and Southeast areas of Central Ohio.

This page provides an overview of our high school in the form of frequently asked questions (FAQs) of our administration, faculty and staff. It provides information about:

  • Our Academic Program
  • Current Enrollment and Class Size
  • Graduates and Matriculation
  • Programs for Special Needs
  • General Registration Information
  • General Financial Information
  • Extracurricular Opportunities
  • Our Technology Program

If you have questions that are unanswered, do not hesitate to contact:
RushMrs. Heather Rush
Associate Director of Admissions
(614) 237-5421 ext. 10622
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Is your school accredited?

Yes, Bishop Hartley is accredited by the State of Ohio and the Diocese of Columbus.

What percentage of your students pursue a college education?

Nearly 98% of our students follow the diocesan college preparatory course of study in order to attend a 2- or 4-year post-secondary institution of higher learning following graduation. Our students have had incredible success in garnering a large number of academic and merit-based scholarships over the past several years [see inset at right] to highly ranked colleges and universities.

Where do Hartley graduates matriculate?

At least 98% of Bishop Hartley graduates attend a two- or four-year college. The class of 2013 (163 graduates) earned over $11.6 million in academic and merit-based scholarships.  Recent graduates attend the following schools: Allegheny College, Baldwin-Wallace College, Capital University, Case Western Reserve University, Colby College, Columbus College of Art and Design, Cornell University, Denison University, DePaul University, Georgetown University, Gettysburg College, Hampton University, Harvard College, Indiana University, John Carroll University, Kenyon College, Laboratory Institute of Merchandising, Loyola University of Chicago, Marquette University, Miami University, Northwestern University, Ohio Dominican University, Ohio Northern University, The Ohio State University, Ohio University, Ohio Wesleyan University, Otterbein University, University of Kentucky, University of Michigan, Purdue University, Rensselaer Polytechnical Institute, Rhode Island School of Design, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Spelman College, St. John’s University, NY, St. Joseph’s University, United States Naval Academy, University of Alabama, University of Cincinnati, University of Dayton, University of Evansville, University of Mount Union, University of Notre Dame, University of Pennsylvania, University of Pittsburgh, University of Toledo, Vanderbilt University, Villanova University, Walsh University, West Virginia University, Wheeling Jesuit University, Wittenberg University, and Xavier University. This is not an exhaustive list.

What if my child isn't sure college is right for him/her?

Bishop Hartley also offers a course of study for those students who want to pursue vocational training in their junior and senior year.

What is Hartley's school enrollment?

Our enrollment is 700. The ratio of students to teachers is approximately 15:1. The ratio of students to counselors is approximately 240:1.
Our size is something of value.  "There is remarkable consistency among the research studies that have been reported on school size; smaller is better."  This quote, from a study by Roger Ehrich called The Impact of School Size, emphasizes our focus on maintaining a learning environment that underscores the need children and young adults have for structure, social stability, and community support.

Do you offer honors level courses?

Advanced Placement Courses
We offer advanced placement courses in the following areas: American History, Biology, Calculus AB, English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition, and Studio Art: 2D.   College classes Calculus II and Statistics are also offered.

Honors Level Courses   
We offer honors level courses in the following:

  • SCIENCES - Comprehensive Science (9th), Biology (10th), Chemistry (11th), Physics (12th);
  • ENGLISH - 9th through 12th
  • MATHEMATICS - 10th through 12th

Check out all of our courses of study and class offerings from our ACADEMICS PAGE.

The Post-Secondary Educational Options Program (PSEOP) is currently available with The Ohio State University, Columbus State Community College, and Franklin University.  A dual enrollment program is available with Ohio Dominican University.

Are there programs for special needs or gifted students?

Notre Dame Program
The goal of this program is to coordinate support for students with service plans or academic support plans. The Notre Dame team consists of an Intervention Specialist, full and part-time tutor, reading specialist, school counselors, and the school psychologist who work together to track student progress, enable teachers to address specific needs, provide accommodations, and communicate with the parents.

St. Thomas Aquinas Program   
The goal of the St. Thomas Aquinas Program is to coordinate support for students identified by standardized test scores and teachers as “gifted”. The St. Thomas Aquinas team consists of the academic dean and representatives from the Academic Council and two Advisory Board representatives who work together to track student progress and plan extracurricular activities which enable students to expand their studies, delve into cross-curricular issues and prepare for college board exams.

Do you offer tuition assistance or scholarships?

Scholarship opportunities are available in the fall only for incoming 9th grade students from our feeder parish schools and religious education programs.  These forms are available by calling the Admissions Office in September and October.  There is a deadline for admission.  Please contact the Admissions Office at 237-5421 ext. 10622 for details.

Diocesan Tuition Assistance Program    The application for this program is available to registered students in January 2013.

What type of student activities are available?

Athletics Program
Bishop Hartley offers the following boys and girls athletic programs:

  • BOYS  Cross Country, Football, Golf, Soccer, Basketball, Bowling, Swimming & Diving, Wrestling, Baseball, Track, and Tennis
  • GIRLS  Cross Country, Field Hockey, Soccer, Tennis, Volleyball, Cheerleading (Football & Basketball), Basketball, Bowling, Swimming & Diving, Track, Softball, and Lacrosse

Clubs and Student Organizations
Currently we offer the following extracurricular activities for students:

  • Pep Band
  • Ski Club
  • Drama Club
  • Liturgical Cantoring and Instrumentation
  • World Awareness Club
  • In The Know Academic Team
  • Hullaballoo Student Newspaper
  • Powerlifting
  • Hartley Readers Book Club
  • Art Club
  • HARTS (Hawks Always Ready to Serve) & Pro-Life Club
  • Dignity in Action CLub
  • Hawks Who Pray
  • Model United Nations
  • Student Ambassador Program
  • Peer Mediation
  • National Honor Society
  • Student Government (House System)
  • Ultimate Frisbee

What does your technology program encompass?

You can learn more about our iPad2 Program HERE.

What must I do first if my child would like to attend Bishop Hartley?

First and foremost, you must apply on-line.  A registration fee is required with the completed application.  Additional information is required for students from non-feeder schools.  Please contact Heather Rush, Associate Director of Admissions at (614) 237-5421, ext. 10622 or by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.