Cardinal Gibbons High principal Jason Curtis and athletic director Todd Schuler say they welcome questions about how their school handles athletics.
“We’re definitely trying to be more proactive in giving people the facts,” Curtis said.
Gibbons, a non-boarding parochial school that is a member of the N.C. High School Athletic Association, plans to reach out to school officials in the Southwest Wake and Cap-8 4A Conferences after those leagues changed their bylaws to prohibit their member schools from playing Gibbons.
Schuler, a former athletic director at SWAC member Panther Creek – said he often is asked from where and how Gibbons draws its students. The admissions process has many layers.
▪ Priority is first given to kids in the Diocese of Raleigh’s middle schools. Gibbons is the only high school in the Triangle the 12 schools feed into. About 55 percent of the Diocese’s K-8 students matriculate to Gibbons.
“A large percentage of our students in our school system, the Diocese of Raleigh, leave the diocese when they come to ninth grade and are going to Wake County public schools or other public schools in their respective communities,” Schuler said.
“Wake County is educating quite a few Catholic students who went to a Catholic K-8 school.”
▪ Other students applying for admission who hope to play athletics must be a member of a parish or within the NCHSAA’s 25-mile radius for all schools. Students from Burlington could attend, but not play, for Gibbons unless they already were part of the diocese.
▪ If a student is enrolled at an NCHSAA member school and transfers, the student is ineligible for 365 days.
▪ Those asking for financial aid submit tax returns and W2s to FACTS, a management company in Nebraska. The third-party group sends back its recommendations. Curtis said no one receiving financial aid gets the full cost of tuition. NCHSAA rules say need-based financial aid does not render an athlete ineligible.
▪ Scholarships are different. These are given by donors, and anyone accepting one – even if it’s need based – is ineligible for athletics.
▪ Curtis said no one from the school has a say in admission or financial aid; that’s all done at the diocese and national levels.
▪ Annual tuition is either $10,140 or $14,200, with the higher rate for non-Catholic students and the lower for Catholic parishioners. The determination is made by the pastor at the parish.
By the numbers
55 Gibbons’ NCHSAA championships since moving to the NCHSAA in 2005.
8 Gibbons’ NCHSAA Wells Fargo state cups, awarded to the school with highest postseason success in a classification, won in nine years. This year’s award has not been announced.
25 NCHSAA championships by Charlotte Catholic since 2005.
7 Gibbons’ 2014-15 state championships.
21 Gibbons athletes across its seven championship teams this year who came from a North Carolina public school (four high schools, 17 middle schools).
1,426Gibbons’ enrollment last year.
1,005 Gibbons students who went to Catholic K-8 school.
149Gibbons students who came from another private school.
219 Gibbons students who came from a public school.
7 Transfers in the past year who were athletes and are sitting out 365 days.
53 Gibbons students who were home-schooled or moved in from out of state.
1,251 Gibbons students from Wake County.
91 Gibbons students from Durham County.
59 Gibbons students from Orange County.
25 Gibbons students from all other counties (Johnston, Franklin, Chatham, Lee, Harnett, Alamance).
1,103* Roster spots, across all sports, taken by an athlete from Wake County.
139* Roster sports, across all sports, taken by an athlete from outside Wake County.
1,168 Gibbons students who attend diocese-affiliated parishes.
230 Gibbons students who do not attend a Catholic parish.
*Data counted each sport separately; some athletes may have been counted more than once.