Posted on 11/26/18
We recently met with some of the staff at Benedictine High School, a Roman Catholic college preparatory school operated by the Benedictine monks of Saint Andrew Abbey, and chatted about their school’s home near University Circle, what the culture at the high school is like, and what means the most to them.
To kick things off, their President, Dr. Frank Bossu (class of ’67), talks about ‘stability’ and why it plays such a big role in both the religion and the everyday happenings at BHS.
“Stability means a lot to us. We like the stability of Cleveland, and knowing that we have a home here. Stability is also a key vow of the Benedictine order of Monks – when they’ve been in it for a long time, and they get really good, they don’t get promoted and move to L.A., they stay here. They’re dedicated and have a really stable foundation. That’s something that’s incredibly important at this age, from 14 to 18, to really allow them to focus on themselves and who they want to grow to be – we provide the stability so that they can focus on themselves.”
-Dr. Frank Bossu, President
Personal growth and purpose are huge drivers that BHS teachers, faculty and staff focus on when interacting with the students daily. Amongst themselves, the student population of Benedictine HS is comprised of students living across five Greater Cleveland counties, traveling near and far to be part of this community. One student notes his personal thoughts on the school’s overall diversity,
“Coming here, it makes me realize that we’re all in this together – we’re all human beings. I can get along just as well with a person that’s not the same color as me, or who comes from a different walk of life than me, as I would with someone that comes from my own community. That’s really the amazing part of this place – the diversity here is unmatched.”
While stability is a main pillar in Benedictine High School’s mission, the administration knows that there are many moving parts to a successful high school and student base, and they focus on meeting the needs of their families.
“We also provide a tuition discount program for parents who work in the University Circle area, to receive $1,000 off their son’s tuition. Similarly, we offer shuttle services around University Circle for those students that commute to the area with their parents who work here, making it a little easier for those students that may be traveling from afar.”
-Dr. Frank Bossu, President
The assistance doesn’t stop at transportation, either. 89% of BHS students receive financial assistance and merit awards, with an overall 99% advancement rate of seniors transitioning to colleges and universities after graduation.
Altogether, Benedictine High School has an intense focus on growing and educating their students on more than just an academic level. Their mission is to develop young men in mind, body and spirit to become the future leader of their family, businesses and communities. To learn more about Benedictine High School, head to www.cbhs.edu.