Enrolling now for 2024-25!  Education Savings Accounts provide $7826 towards tuition for each eligible student. 

Our Mission

Preparing Leaders for Life, Centered on Christ. Every Dowling Catholic graduate discovers and cultivates their God-given talents to make positive change in the world.

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  • Academics

    Dowling Catholic High School has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. With a curriculum designed to engage and challenge students to reach their fullest potential, our goal is to personalize the educational experience of every student.
  • Faith

    Dowling Catholic High School is a community of faith where learning, leadership, and sportsmanship are Christ-centered. The mission at Dowling Catholic is to inspire a love of learning and a respect for fellow human beings in an environment that fosters excellence in academics and spiritual development.
  • Student Life

    Dowling Catholic High School students are encouraged to participate in extracurricular activities to enrich their high school experience and to positively contribute to the school culture. Extracurricular activities promote learning, development and student engagement.

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  • 1,350

  • 14-1

    student to professional staff ratio
  • 100%

    graduation rate
  • 40%

    nearly 40% of students receive tuition assistance
  • 31%

    Ethnic/Racial Diversity
  • 90+

    Clubs & extra-curricular activities
  • 61,108

    hours of service donated by students
  • 700+

    students attended a retreat


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Thank you for your interest in Dowling Catholic High School.  With a history dating back more than 100 years, we are committed to serving the Greater Des Moines Catholic community and families of all faiths. Dowling Catholic offers a faith-based curriculum which fosters excellence in academics, athletics, extra-curricular activities and the arts. Our caring community helps students become their best version.

Dowling Catholic High School

Dowling Catholic High School is committed to serving the Greater Des Moines Catholic community and embracing learners of all faiths. In an environment that is faithful, caring and dedicated, Dowling Catholic forms each student to become a Christ-centered leader.