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President: Dickie Sompayrac
Co-Chaplains: Father Christopher Manning and Father Michael Hendershott
Enrollment: 612 (142 Seniors)
Grades: 9 through 12
Tuition (18/19): $10,730 (Catholic), $12,225 (NC)
Average Class Size: 17
Student Teacher Ratio: 10:1
Motto: Ut Christum Feram (That I Might Bear Christ)
Campus: Built in 2000 on 38 acres in West Knoxville
Facilities: 60,000 square feet, featuring:

  • Holy Trinity Chapel
  • Three Academic Wings, including Schaad Hall and the All Saints Academic Annex
  • Faris Field House (Athletic Training Complex)
  • Nancy Swain Waters Guidance Suite
  • Coughlin Technology Lab
  • Schriver Fine Arts Suite, featuring the Megan Birkel ‘05 Performing Arts Room
  • Gymnasium, featuring the newly refurbished McCabe Court
  • Mankel Media Center
  • Garrity Administrative Suite
Standardized Testing (KCHS Class of 2018)

ACT Avg. Composite: 25.2 (State: 19.8, Nation: 21.0)
SAT Math Mean: 655
SAT Evidence Based Reading/Writing Mean: 705
National Merit Competition: 3 Semifinalists and 5 Commended Scholars

Advancement Placement

In 2017, 210 students took a total of 426 exams, 70% scored 3 or higher.  KCHS offers 18 AP courses.


Tennessee Department of Education
AdvancED Improvement Network
Roman Catholic Diocese of Knoxville

Did you know?

The Sisters of Mercy opened the school to its first group of students in the fall of 1932.  Knoxville Catholic High School (KCHS) boasts over 6,000 graduates, from 11 seniors in the Class of 1933 to 142 in the Class of 2018.  Our college preparatory curriculum features 38 Honors and 18 Advanced Placement courses.  KCHS has been recognized by the Catholic Education Honor Roll as a School of Excellence, an honor held by only five percent of our nation’s Catholic high schools.


KCHS received $650,000 in contributions between July 1, 2016, and June 30, 2017.  The Annual Fund raised $235,000, while signature events, the Shamrock Open Golf Tournament and Green & Gold Gala, netted $45,000 and $95,000, respectively.  Recent designated contributions include gifts to enhance our Fine Arts program, upgrade our classroom technology, build our Robotics program, and expand our athletic facilities.  The school’s endowment is in excess of $1.25 million.

By the Numbers

The faculty is comprised of 62 teachers and a guidance staff that includes three professional school counselors and two learning specialists.  Sixty-eight percent of our faculty hold advanced degrees.  Thirty-four of our graduates have answered the call to a religious vocation.

On average, 99+ percent of our graduates plan to continue their education after high school.  In 2017, 93 percent of the 152 graduates were offered college scholarships totaling $18.1 million.

Our Fine Arts Department offers 26 courses—Digital Photography, Advanced Acting, Ensemble Chorus, 3-D Design, and more.  Two-thirds of our students participate in one or more of our 20 school-sponsored sports, with 18 athletes from last year’s senior class signing college commitments.  Over 90 percent of our students are involved in at least one of our 30 extracurricular activities, including our award-winning Robotics, Mock Trial, Scholar’s Bowl, Choral and Band programs.

Student Body

KCHS is a co-educational secondary school operated under the supervision of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Knoxville, serving a 10 county region in East Tennessee.  Our current enrollment is 79 percent Catholic and 21 percent non-Catholic.