Student Services


The Student Services department plays an important role in each student’s development and educational experience at Dowling Catholic. Upon enrollment, each student is assigned an academic advisor who will remain with the student over the next four years.

Our counselors support students in a variety of ways, including academic course planning and social and emotional assistance as needed. The counselors meet with students individually at least once each year, and are available for additional parent/student meetings upon request.

The Student Services department also includes two Interventionists, a College Coordinator, Campus Ministry and a Community Liaison, offering the following academic support available to all students:  

  • Individual meetings with teachers
  • Peer tutoring
  • Seminar and directed seminar time
  • Interventionist Assistance (Laura Katch / Meaghan Dowdle), including 504 Support Planning

Naviance Student

Dowling Catholic utilizes Naviance Student (formerly Family Connection), an individualized online guidance program. Students are required to complete this graduation requirement every year. Naviance Student provides the following:

  • Students learn about their individual strengths, interests and career possibilities (online class utilizes profilers/assessments/career and interest inventories)
  • Required job shadow experience
  • College search tools
  • College application process
  • Parental access


The Student Support Plan is a good-faith agreement between the school and family to support the specific needs of students to the best of the school’s ability. Please contact Mrs. Laura Katch, Interventionist, with questions or for more information.
Dowling Catholic High School takes into account the needs of persons with a qualified disability in determining the aid, benefits or services to be provided under these programs or activities.

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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.