Cathedral Preparatory School
Villa Maria Academy
Cathedral Preparatory School
Villa Maria Academy


Why Cathedral Preparatory School?

Cathedral Preparatory School, founded in 1921, proudly boasts a long tradition of excellence in the spiritual and educational development of young men from the tri-state region. The school’s mission is to develop men of vision in spirit, mind, and body and since our founding over 12,000 alumni have earned a Prep diploma.

Graduates go on to study at the post-secondary institution that is best for them, from local universities through ivy leagues, and can be found in key positions throughout the community, the nation, and the world.

100% of our students are accepted to a four year college each year and the class of 2015-2016 earned over $18.6 million dollars in academic and co-curricular scholarships- averaging $118,000 per student. Students’ SAT scores are well above state and national averages each year and over 65% of graduates enroll in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics majors for collegiate study.

Cathedral Prep offers 15 different Advanced Placement courses and many college credit opportunities through the University of Pittsburgh, University of Colorado, and Gannon University. 40% of the senior class takes courses at Gannon University every year. The average class size is 17 with a student/teacher ratio of 13:1 and all students make prodigious use of the fully integrated one-to-one iPad program.

Beyond the classroom, student life is filled with opportunities for personal discovery and community involvement. Classmates respect a passionate actor, proficient musician, hard-working athlete, quick mind, or a fluent linguist. Prep students perform more than 50 arts performances every year throughout the city and collectively give over 15,000 hours of service to the community each year. Always loyal to our Catholic identity, mass is offered to students daily and there are numerous retreats and special religious events. With over 30 clubs/organizations and 13 different sports all students have the opportunity to soar wherever they want to go.

Why Villa Maria Academy?

Villa Maria Academy, founded in 1892, proudly boasts a long tradition of excellence in the educational and spiritual development of young ladies from the Erie metropolitan area.

Students can receive Advance Placement college credit in over 8 different courses. Over the past ten years, Villa Maria students have enrolled in more than 300 different colleges and universities in the United States and overseas. Over the last two years, 96 percent of Villa Maria graduates enrolled in a college or university of their choice and accepted over 4.6 million dollars in merit based scholarships.

Villa Maria Academy has a very clear mission: to develop you into a Woman where Faith, Family, Excellence, and Tradition are central to who we are. Through our mission, you can expect a rigorous academic experience that will expand your understanding of the world and prepare you for college and beyond. By graduation, each student will have completed a minimum of 100 hours of service. Students are encouraged to broaden their experience at Villa Maria through participation in one or more of over 20 clubs or organizations and 13 sports.

If you would like more information regarding Villa Maria Academy, including setting up a tour or receiving an application package, please contact Ms. Christine Uht '13, Associate Director of Enrollment Management, either by phone at (814) 838-2061, extension 3239, or via e-mail at