Each year we welcome a talented group of incoming 9th graders to our school and community. We look forward to working with you and your student during this exciting time. The main steps are listed below. Please reach out to the Admissions Team at any time during this process. We are here to help!

Campus Tours/Visits

Please contact a member of our Admissions team for more information.

Application Process

- If you are new to Dowling Catholic, contact the Admissions office to get started.

Incoming Freshman Placement Test

All 8th graders
Time: 8:30am-12:15pm
Location: Dowling Catholic High School

January 6th, 2024 January 13, 2024
Christ the King St. Francis
Holy Family St. Joseph
Holy Trinity St. Luke
Sacred Heart St. Patrick
St. Anthony St. Pius
St. Augustin St. Theresa
All other schools


Freshman registration will take place on Saturday, February 3, 2024. Time to be determined.

Tuition Assistance

Nearly 40% of our students receive tuition assistance. The tuition process is confidential and begins early February. For more information click here.

Do More!

You are encouraged to attend any number of activities including sporting events, theater performances, concerts and more. Come see the Maroon spirit in action! View our calendar of events here.
The Des Moines Region Catholic School Corporation’s (the “Region”), Catholic schools, under the aegis of the Bishop, state that all of the Region’s Catholic schools admit students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the schools. These schools do not discriminate on the basis of race, age, disability, color, and national or ethnic origin in the administration of their educational policies, employment practices, scholarship and loan programs, athletic or other school-administered programs. The employment relationship between the Region and its employees is governed by canon law as well as civil law. As religious institutions, nothing in the Iowa Code and this policy shall be construed as prohibiting the Region’s Catholic schools from imposing qualifications based on religion, sexual orientation, or gender identity when such qualifications are related to a bona fide religious purpose. In addition, schools shall comply with the anti-bullying/anti-harassment laws of the state of Iowa, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act as such may apply to the Region’s Catholic schools.

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.