Interest in Gabriel Richard HS continues to grow

Photo courtesy of Riverview Gabriel Richard Catholic High School
Kyle Best (left), Gabriel Richard High School Class of 2013, and current senior Dylan Garcia have fun with Detroit Tigers mascot PAWS during a school radio station holiday event in 2012 at the school.

RIVERVIEW — After deciding where to live and work, no decision is more important, or more intensely personal, than deciding where to send your children for school.

At Gabriel Richard Catholic High School, they understand the importance of that decision which is why they conduct family tours of the campus year-round. They rise daily to recognize the responsibility to one another; to cultivate respect; to grow in mind, body, and soul; to think critically; and uphold morality. They expect their students to be community leaders who commit to peace and justice in society.

Any of GR’s experienced teachers will tell you, “We are here to answer your questions, discuss your child, and share our approach and philosophy.”

Individualized attention is a key component of student success at Gabriel Richard. They believe the longer they know your child and your family, the more success your student will discover. In addition, they invite students in grades 4 through 8 to become Pioneer Club members, with free newsletters, give-aways, and members-only events.

Gabriel Richard is considered the most competitive college-preparatory high school Downriver. Innovative and progressive, they offer 12 Advanced Placement courses and 10 honors courses. Over 100 GR students take AP tests every year, and their scores rank in the 96th percentile nationally. With an average ACT score of 23.7, the school’s goal is to graduate 100 percent of students, and to place all of those students in the college of their choice.

Gabriel Richard boasts unique educational options like AP Art and a student-run radio station (WWGR-FM 100.9). The school recently participated in WDIV Channel 4’s “Friday Football Frenzy” receiving
over 100,000 votes to be the Game of the Week, featuring a live broadcast of their early-morning pep rally. The up and coming boy band “Midnight Red” recently performed at GR as part of their North American tour.

Indeed, a GR education is unlike any other. The school is currently making preparations for their 50th anniversary celebration next year, complete with a Downriver Days Festival scheduled for May 30 through June 1.

Gabriel Richard’s athletic programs continue to flourish. In 2012-13, the Pioneer athletes again delivered with a state bowling
title, a girls’ basketball final four, and Catholic League and district crowns in hockey. Their football team is currently 4-2.

Enrollment is steady at the school that boasts 300 students, and smaller class sizes of 18 to 24. The school’s over 3,300 alumni are very active at the school and alumni often refer to their lifelong friendships formed at GR.

Most students are GVSU shapes students’ lives, professions
schools, communities, economic backgrounds, and faiths. GR students matriculated from over 25 local schools. While students do not need to be Catholic to attend GR, all students are educated in the Catholic tradition, participating in daily religion
classes, weekly Mass, and over 40 hours of community
service. The school is home to students from over 13 different denominations.

Pioneer Exploration Day, a yearly event for area seventh- and eighth-graders, is slated for Oct. 18. An open house is scheduled for 1 to 3 p.m. Nov. 10 and will feature Detroit Tigers mascot PAWS as well as WNIC-FM 100.3 on-site.

New for this year is a special scholarship supplement that is added to the application for admission.

It allows new students the opportunity for maximum scholarship monies if they commit early to a great education at GR. This supplement is available online along with important dates and High School Placement Test information. Go to often to find the many updates at Gabriel Richard Catholic High School.