Frequently Asked Questions
Do you have to be a Catholic to attend Helias?
No. In fact, about 8% of our student body is not Catholic. All students are required to meet all religion requirements.
What is the annual tuition at Helias?
Tuition for the 2013-2014 school year will be $4,550 for contributing Catholics and $5,950 for non-contributing Catholics and non-Catholics. The actual cost of educating each student for the 2013-2014 school year is $6,609.
What are the school hours?
Typical days begin at 8:00 a.m. and end at 2:50 p.m. During the 2013-2014 school year on Mondays there are 7:30 a.m. faculty meetings and school usually begins at 9:00 a.m.
What is Helias' enrollment?
Helias currently has an enrollment of 698. We strive to have 180-200 students per class.
What is the average class size?
The average class size at Helias Catholic is 23 with a student to faculty ratio of 16.7 to 1.
Is there an entrance test for incoming freshmen?
There is no "entrance" test at Helias. We do conduct a placement test on the second Saturday in January from 8:30-11:00 a.m. This standardized test is the EXPLORE Test providing a baseline for where each student stands academically. It is used to assist in the placement of students in classes of the appropriate level so that every student is challenged but not overwhelmed. Students who missed the test may still enroll by contacting the principal.
Is there a dress code at Helias?
Helias Catholic High School believes very strongly in the enforcement of a student appearance code for several reasons: 1) A uniform appearance gives students a feeling of equality, provides a visible sense of school unity and identity, and contributes to the professional atmosphere that should exist in a school; 2) school is not a recreational or social activity and the appearance / clothing of our students should reflect the seriousness of the educational process; 3) what students wear and how they look speaks of the pride they take in themselves and Helias; 4) respect for oneself and others is shown through personal appearance and neatness; 5) abiding by the appearance code creates self-discipline. The Helias appearance code can be viewed at our website, www.heliascatholic.com by clicking on School Handbook.
What activities are available at Helias?
Helias has an extensive program of student activities including clubs, organizations, performing arts, and sports. We consider the learning that takes place in these activities to be vital to a Helias education and encourage all students to be involved throughout their time with us. For a listing of activities click on the Organizations and Athletics tabs on our homepage.
Where do I get an application?
Contact Helias (573 635-6139) or click below.
New/Transfer Student Application (pdf) New/Transfer Student Application (doc)
Is financial aid available?
Through the generosity of Helias alumni and supporters, there are funds available to assist those who cannot afford Helias' tuition. Every family is expected to make a financial commitment to the education of their child, but Helias will work cooperatively with parents who demonstrate need so that their child might have the opportunity to attend. Financial Aid is need based. Helias does not award scholarships of any kind. For more information, you may contact Darlene Muessig, Business Manager, at 573-635-6139 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Financial aid sheets are included in registration packets.
Financial Assistance Form (pdf) Financial Assistance Form (docx)
How well prepared are Helias graduates for college?
Helias' graduation rate is nearly 100% and 96%+ go on to college. The class of 2011 accepted over $1.7 million in scholarships. Most importantly, the percentage of Helias graduates who have earned a college degree 4-5 years after graduating from Helias is extraordinarily high. The class of 2007 had 187 graduates. We recently made an effort to find those graduates and were able to locate 160 of them. Of those we found, 140 (87.5%) have a degree! Statewide the graduation rate of all colleges is 51.8%. Helias does a GREAT JOB of preparing students to be successful in and graduate from college.