About DCHS

2020 Vision

2020 Vision

There have been wonderful improvements over the past few years, but to remain a vibrant Catholic school we must focus on the new goals we have set.  Education continues to change and requires constant innovation and support of the teaching/learning process. With these goals in mind, administration and board leadership will draft a new strategic plan that builds upon our past success and secures the future of Dowling Catholic High School. We look forward to the challenges we have outlined and the excitement that the work we do together will bring to the Dowling Catholic High School community.

On The Horizon

The 10 year target is that Dowling Catholic High School will be THE 21st Century School of choice where EVERY student will build a foundation to become the best version of self by committing to a faith journey, excelling academically and serving others. Based on the feedback received over the last year, the framework below provides overarching goals for enhancing Dowling Catholic’s vision of preparing Leaders for Life, Centered on Christ®. In order to achieve this vision and make progress toward the 10-year target, Dowling Catholic’s work in the next three years must remain focused on its mission and work to provide access for all who want a faith-filled education.  Dowling Catholic is challenged to be innovative in academic programming and to be renewed in the commitment to personalizing the faith journey and educational experience of each student. These goals will address that work.


Ensure our Catholic identity and mission drive all our endeavors


Enhance access and support for students and families across all socioeconomic levels, academic abilities or ethnic backgrounds


Develop pillars for a personalized faith journey and educational experience


Enhance support for innovation and development of relevant educational programs for the 21st Century


Ensure Dowling Catholic's organizational health through stewardship of its human, financial and capital resources

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.