Mission & History

Our Mission:

 

To assist parents in forming disciples of Christ who enrich the culture as stewards of God's gifts.

 

About Our Mission:

The formation of students as disciples of Jesus occurs during the sacred liturgy, in the classroom, on the playing field, on the performance stage and everywhere a Bishop Carroll student interacts with the community. The Eucharist is the source of the summit of our lives. Students and faculty participate in daily Mass, the sacrament of confession, Eucharistic adoration, retreats, prayer throughout the day, and stewardship to family, parish and the community. Religion classes are taken each semester, taught with great fidelity to our Holy Mother Church. We strive to build up the Body of Christ by forming disciples to carry out the New Evangelization.

Our School History:

Bishop Carroll, a four-year co-educational Catholic secondary school located in Wichita, KS.

In September 1962, Bishop Mark K. Carroll established Notre Dame High School at 3100 W. Douglas, a property formerly occupied by Mt. Carmel Academy, to meet the ever-growing needs of Wichita’s west-side parishes. Father Eugene Gerber was among the first full-time teachers for the 1962-1963 school year, which opened with a single Freshman class of 180 boys. On September 6, 1964, Notre Dame High School moved to a brand new building at 8101 W. Central and was officially rechristened Bishop Mark K. Carroll High School.

Classes in the new building began in 1964 with the St. Louis-based Christian Brothers not only staffing the school but also living on campus. In September 1966, Madonna High School opened its doors to 628 girls with a staff comprised of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ and the Congregation of St. Joseph Sisters. For the 1966-1967 school year, Bishop Carroll announced its first mascot--the Eagle. In the spring of 1971, the building that housed Madonna High School was sold to USD 259 and the school merged with Bishop Carroll to form a student body of 1,006 young men and women.

The BCCHS tradition of performing better on the ACT than the local, state and national averages continues. The Wichita Eagle reported in August 2014 that the average composite score for Kansas students was 22 – up 0.2 percent from 2013 and above the national average of 21 (out of a possible 36). The ACT average composite for BCCHS is 23.7; the local average composite for Wichita is 20.4, Maize 23.0 and Goddard 21.5. The state average composite is 21.7 and the National average is 20.9.

BCCHS Counselors recommend that students who want to improve their ACT scores complete a rigorous curriculum. To illustrate the difference in curriculum, listed below are the average ACT composite score for BCCHS students who completed the BCCHS required Core Curriculum compared to the Kansas Regents Qualified Curriculum, the Kansas Regents Scholar Curriculum and the BCCHS Honors Diploma Curriculum:

BCCHS required Core Curriculum ACT average is 22.2.

Kansas Regents Qualified Admissions Curriculum ACT average is 24.6.

Kansas Regents Scholars Curriculum ACT average is 26.5.

BCCHS Honors Diploma Curriculum ACT average is 28.94.