Handbook/Facts & Figures

Student Handbook 2016 – 2017

Enrollment/Student Body

  • Divine Child is the largest Catholic, co-ed school in Michigan with a student body of 850 students.
  • Our students reside in 51 different zip codes throughout the metropolitan Detroit area.  We also have international students from Mexico, China and South Korea.
  • Our families attend 46 different Catholic parishes throughout the Archdiocese of Detroit.  Our student body is 90% Catholic, and our faculty and staff is 95% Catholic.
  • Our students matriculated from over 70 different Catholic, public, private, and charter schools.
  • 17% of our students identify themselves as students of color (African-American, American Indian, Asian-American, Hispanic or multiracial).

Faith Formation

  • Our students may attend daily mass at Church of the Divine Child before school or have quiet time for prayer before, during or after school in our High School Chapel.
  • All-school liturgies are offered twice each month.  DC has three priests on staff.
  • Students attend Eucharistic adoration every Tuesday during their religion class.
  • All students attend a retreat each year.
  • All students complete a minimum of ten service hours each year.  Our student body gave back a total of over 15,000 service hours to the metropolitan Detroit area during the 2015-2016 school year.
  • Reconciliation services are offered to our students on the first Tuesday of each month, and during Lent.

 Faculty Experience

  • Our student to teacher ratio is 13:1.
  • Over 70% of our teachers have a Master’s Degree or higher.
  • Our teachers average nine years of experience at Divine Child.

 Classroom Technology

  • All students use iPads for classroom instruction and for homework assignments.
  • DC has two computer labs available for student use throughout the school (one PC lab, and one Mac lab).

 Campus Facilities

  • Our 20-acre campus in West Dearborn includes air-conditioned classrooms, a Campus Life/Ministry Center, a cafeteria serving hot lunch, a snack bar serving snacks and refreshments after school, the Bernardine Franciscan Learning Center (BFLC), the Falcon’s Nest Spirit Store, a guidance and college counseling center, a video technology room, and three art rooms with two indoor kilns.
  • We anticipate our four science labs to be updated during our capital campaign.  Our science wing also contains a greenhouse and a resource center.

Guidance, College Counseling, and Instructional Support

  • Our Bernardine Franciscan Learning Center (BFLC) houses a library, learning center, and media center for our students.  It is open Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. until 5 p.m., and some Saturday mornings.
  • The Counseling Office has three guidance counselors, a college counselor, a social worker, and three instructional specialists.
  • Our instructional specialists assist students with mild to moderate learning disabilities.  The instructional specialists also work closely with our faculty to develop new teaching strategies to assist all students.
  • Our students begin the college search process during freshman year with numerous resources available for college research and planning such as Naviance.


  • Divine Child offers over 50 athletic teams in 25 sports:
    • Fall sports include cross country (boys & girls), football (boys), golf (girls), sideline cheer (girls), soccer (boys), swimming (club team for girls), tennis (girls), and volleyball (girls).
    • Winter sports include basketball (boys & girls), bowling (boys & girls), competitive cheer (girls), figure skating (girls), hockey (boys), pom pon (girls), and wrestling (boys).
    • Spring sports include baseball (boys), golf (boys), lacrosse (boys), soccer (girls), softball (girls), tennis (girls), and track & field (boys & girls).
  • Our brand new Divine Child Alumni Athletic Complex includes an 8-lane all-weather track, an all-weather turf field for football, soccer and lacrosse, stadium seating, and concession stands.
  • Other athletic facilities include a large gym with indoor walking track, a weight room, a wrestling room, and a practice football/soccer/lacrosse field.  Baseball and softball use Levagood Park’s field right across from our school.

Fine Arts

  • Over 125 students participate in our nationally recognized band and choral programs.  Our band programs include beginner, symphonic, marching, pep, and jazz bands.  Our choral programs include varsity chorus, show and jazz choirs, and women’s ensemble.
  • Our award-winning drama program produces a Fall drama and a Spring musical annually in our newly refurbished on-campus auditorium which seats almost 600 people.  Our drama club has performed at the International Fringe Festival six times.
  • Our extensive art program offers drawing, painting, digital photography, ceramics, woodworking, and art history courses.

Graduation Statistics

  • For the last five years, 84% of our students who took Advanced Placement (A.P.) exams earned college credit for that course, far above the national average of 60%.
  • 70% of our seniors in the Class of 2016 were offered at least one merit-based college scholarship.  The total amount of scholarship money offered to the Class of 2016 was $13.5 million.
  • Our Class of 2016 ACT average is 25.  This compared favorably to the national average score of 21, and Michigan’s average score of 20.

 Alumni Involvement

  • Over 10,000 alumni/ae are proud to call Divine Child their high school alma mater.
  • Many of our graduates donate to our Annual Giving campaigns and Class Reunion gifts each year. These gifts help to improve the campus and to keep tuition manageable.
  • In addition to 23 teachers being DC graduates, many other alumni help our students through service projects, leadership training, internships, coaching, and mentoring.

Tuition/Need-based Financial Aid

  • Tuition for the 2016-2017 school year is $6,950 for in-parish students, and $8,400 for out of parish students.  Our tuition is approximately $2,000 to $4,000 less than most private, Catholic high schools in the metro area, without sacrificing a quality education.
  • Academic scholarships ranging from $750 to full tuition are awarded each year based on middle school grades and High School Placement Test (HSPT) scores.
  • Many of our students receive a $500 need-based grant from the Archdiocese of Detroit.
  • A family’s first tuition payment is due in May.  A monthly payment plan is available for the remaining tuition with families able to pay tuition by cash, check or credit card.
  • Divine Child High School is both short-term and long-term debt-free.

Enrollment Questions

  • Contact Matt Saxer, Director of Admissions, at msaxer@divinechild.org or 313.216.0891 x268.
  • Falcon For A day shadow visits are available most school days between mid-September and early May.
  • Join us for our Open Houses on Sunday, November 6 and Sunday, January 29 from 1 – 3:30 p.m.