Thursday, October 2, 2014

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About McDevitt

 

Bishop McDevitt Catholic High School is a comprehensive, coeducational diocesan secondary school of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia serving grades nine through twelve.  The school is located in Wyncote, Cheltenham Township, a beautiful and quiet setting that allows our school community the opportunity to work in a safe environment conducive to higher learning.   It serves a diverse mix of students with a rigorous academic program grounded in the teachings and formations of the Catholic faith.  Bishop McDevitt Catholic High School emphasizes life-long learning and critical thinking skills that are supported by the latest technology and implemented by a caring and dedicated staff.
Bishop McDevitt Catholic High School is accredited by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, the Middle States Association of Colleges and School, and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. 

Current enrollment is 460  students, with a student-teacher ratio of 21 to 1.  The faculty consists of dedicated lay and religious men and women, the majority of whom hold advanced degrees in their area of specialization. 
 
 
Mission Statement
Bishop McDevitt High School, a college preparatory school, ensures a virtue-centered Catholic education by fostering the missions of the living gospel in all students. The academic excellence we promote, the diversity we embrace and the history we cherish combine to create an environment for spiritual, intellectual and social growth that prepares our students for global citizenship.
 
 
History
Bishop McDevitt Catholic High School was dedicated on December 8, 1958 and began its service to students the following day.  The school celebrated its first graduating class in June, 1961.  Soon after, McDevitt established many wonderful and lasting traditions now cherished by all who walked the halls.  The school added vocational and technical education in 1965; won its first boys Philadelphia Catholic League title in 1966; became coeducational in September of 1970; won its first girls Philadelphia Catholic League title in 1979; welcomed its first lay principal in 1985; opened its first computer lab in 1987; achieved its first Middle States accreditation in 1988; started a Development Office and Alumni Association in 1989; and moved into open enrollment and a restructured president and principal model of administration in 1993.  In 2010, we welcomed Our Lady of Confidence to McDevitt, a special education school that is located on the ground floor of our building.  

Today, the school’s rich history of success continues.  Bishop McDevitt maintains a well-deserved reputation for providing an outstanding academic, faith-based education for young men and women in both the local and global communities.  The student body is loyal, involved, and motivated to succeed.  The faculty is dedicated and faithful to the school’s mission of Catholic education and continuous development.  Parents and alumni are supportive in their desire to advance the school.  Separately, each group plays a role in our school’s success.  Collectively, they are the reason why Bishop McDevitt Catholic High School is such a thriving institution.