One School: Six Pillars

Bishop Hartley is founded on the principle of educating the entire person: body, mind and spirit. Our philosophy is that to ignore one of these at the expense of another is to deny an individual to fully develop. Our mission statement speaks to this philosophy: Built upon a Catholic tradition of excellence and based on the Gospel message of Jesus Christ, Bishop Hartley High School transforms lives through spiritual formation, rigorous academic preparation, and servant leadership. In conjunction with our Mission Statement, we have six Belief Statements based upon the six pillars of our foundation. As a school of Faith, Preparation, Community, Service, Spirit, and Leadership we believe:

1. Jesus Christ and the Gospel message are central to all phases of the learning process;

2. Creativity, problem-solving, and critical thinking skills are at the core of our challenging expectations for students;

3. The Bishop Hartley community of students, parents, staff, and administrators are responsible for advancing our mission;

4. A Bishop Hartley education produces graduates who are prepared to make informed and ethical decisions and to take moral action;

5. A holistic school experience teaches students to be thoughtful mentors and servant leaders;

6. It is essential to our mission to recognize and celebrate diversity while holding all students to the same high standards of achievement and behavior.

You can learn more about our philosophy of each of our six pillars below:

A Pillar of FAITH

Faith - Grandparents Day 2013As a Roman Catholic High School, Bishop Hartley is committed to enriching our students with the fullness of our Catholic traditions through intellectual growth, personal and community prayer, the celebration of the sacraments of the Eucharist and Reconciliation, yearly retreats and service.

Shown— Grandparents Day Liturgy 2013

Max Steele ('14) and his Grandfather embrace during the preparation of the gifts.


Prep - Tutoring 2013

Each year, 98% of our students go on to two- or four-year colleges.  The Class of 2013, with 163 graduates, earned over $11.6 million in academic scholarships.   Over the last five years, our graduating classes from Bishop Hartley High School have collectively earned more than $51.5 million to post-secondary educational institutions.

We prepare our students for the future by teaching them to be critical thinkers, problem solvers and technologically literate individuals.

Shown— An upperclassman tutors a freshman after school in the Guidance Classroom.


Community - Cats 2013Bishop Hartley honors the collaborative effort among family, church and school to foster a loving, safe and Christian environment for our students where they can learn, discover their gifts, and serve their community.

Shown—The Bishop Hartley Drama Department performs three times yearly for the local community. Here they are at the Shedd Theatre in downtown Columbus performing the 2013 Winter Musical, CATS.

A Pillar of SERVICE

Service - Community Garden 2013The Gospel commands us to love our neighbor and at Bishop Hartley, our students put their beliefs into action, serving the lonely, hungry, homeless, sick and mentally ill. 

Every student must complete at least 25 hours of service each year. In addition, each House conducts a year-long service project that is announced at an all-school liturgy during Homecoming Week and concludes at the Founder's Day Mass in May.

Shown - Mor Tandiang ('16) plants vegetables at the Bishop Griffin Center Community Garden.

A Pillar of SPIRIT

Spirit - Ultimate Club 2013Our enrollment is 700.  This is big enough to offer a wide variety of classes and be financially stable, yet small enough that we do not lose familiarity with students and families.  When it comes to student learning, anonymity is the big enemy.  Our school size allows more participation in activities; amazingly, 100% of our students are involved in at least one extra-curricular activity through clubs, athletics, and/or service.  In our environment, students discover the shared values that bind them together.

Shown—2013 Ultimate Disc Club.


Leadership - 2013 CaptainsLeadership is a key ingredient in the development of a student's responsibility and awareness of the impact they can have as they become young adults. Through the classroom, the House System, sports, and clubs, students will gain valuable tools and assets that will help empower them to become better leaders and mentors.

Shown from left: School Vice-Captains Max Steele and Mary Grace Palmer,  Principal Winters, and School Captains Jamie Thivener and Connor Kovach.