Important Dates & Information for 8th Graders

Class of 2028: How to Become a Freshman at DCHS

Important Dates/Information for 8th Graders

*First step:
Create an account in OnCampus and fill out the DCHS Application Form in your 8th grader’s checklist. 
 If you are new to DCHS and need the invite email to create your account, please contact
 If you are a current parent, you just need to login and then select your child’s name. 

Please email with questions.

Friday, Oct. 20, 2023 
Attend the Dowling Catholic football game vs. Sioux City North at Valley Stadium at 7:00 pm.  All 8th graders get in free with the postcard that will be mailed or by showing their 8th grade student ID card. 

Sunday, Oct. 28, 2023 
Attend the 61st Annual Pancake Breakfast at the Varied Industries Building between 7:30 am and 12:00 pm.  All 8th grade students get in free with their 8th grade student ID card.  

Sunday, Nov. 5, 2023
Bring the whole family to Dowling Catholic’s Open House anytime between 11:00 am and 2:00 pm.  
*Student Ambassadors will be giving tours
* Meet teachers, coaches, and moderators 
*Play games and win prizes
*Listen to the choirs and bands

Application deadlines
  • November 15, 2023 -  Students from Regional Parochial Schools
  • December 15, 2023  - Members of our Regional Catholic Parishes
  • December 31, 2023  - Students from public schools and other private schools
Applicants can expect to receive notification on their application between November 15 and December 31, 2023. The next step for students who are accepted will be to take the Placement Test.

January 6 or January 13, 2024 
All accepted 8th graders take the DCHS Placement Test from 8:30 am to 12:15 pm AT Dowling Catholic on their designated date(see below). 
This is not an admissions test but rather a test to help place the students in the classes that will best help them to be successful!

Please email or call 515-222-1047 with any questions.  

More information will be sent in early December.

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

February 5, 2024
Accepted 8th graders and at least one parent will attend Freshman Registration in the morning.  Dr. Arnold will speak, students will register for their classes and meet their counselor. 

Time to be determined and will be communicated to you in early January.

Tuition Assistance
Applications to apply for tuition assistance will be available at Freshman Registration on Feb. 5th.  

Get Involved
Throughout your 8th grade year, we hope that you will attend many DCHS activities like a sporting event, a camp, one of our drama productions, etc.

**We look forward to working with you through this process. Please reach out if you have any questions**

List of 3 members.

  • Photo of Alicia Hilligas

    Alicia Hilligas 

    Director of Enrollment Management
  • Photo of Kelly Lentsch

    Kelly Lentsch 

    Senior Admissions Coordinator
  • Photo of Haley Schwarz

    Haley Schwarz 

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.