About Bishop McCort Catholic Academy

About Bishop McCort Catholic Academy


Mission Statement

Bishop McCort High School as a Catholic secondary school is committed to facilitating the development of each person’s spiritual, moral, emotional, intellectual, and physical self through prayer, challenging curriculum, service projects, clubs, sports, and example in order to become responsible, productive adults who will challenge the world to live the Gospel message.

Bishop McCort High School is a secondary Catholic college preparatory community of learning. The Catholic identity of McCort depends upon, and is nurtured by, the continuing presence of a predominant number of Catholic faculty and staff. McCort’s leadership throughout its history has consistently maintained this ideal. What McCort asks of all its employees and students, however, is not a particular creed or affiliation, but a respect for the objectives of McCort and a willingness to enter into the conversation that gives it life and character.

McCort prides itself on being an environment of teaching and learning that fosters the development in its students of those disciplined habits of mind, body, and spirit that characterize educated, skilled, and free human beings. In addition, McCort seeks to cultivate in its students not only an appreciation for the great achievements of human beings but also a disciplined sensibility to the poverty, injustice, and oppression that burden the lives of so many.

Principal’s Message

Welcome to Bishop McCort Catholic High School where we encourage you to “Witness The Difference”. You will find Bishop McCort to be a caring, Christ-centered community focused on the development of the whole student. Our students build a solid academic foundation with all the latest technology. Our class sizes allow teachers to offer a personalized approach with students. Faculty are also engaged with our parents in monitoring and directing their children’s progress. Our students “catch the spirit” to soar and achieve.

Our students are challenged to use their God-given talents to fulfill their potential as they learn and grow closer to Christ each day. We follow the academic standards in curriculum set forth by the state of Pennsylvania. As a STREAM-focused school, we encourage students to ask deep real-world questions, collaborate with their peers, and arrive at meaningful conclusions. In addition, we recognize the need for a comprehensive, well-rounded curriculum to guide each child to live out their potential. Therefore, we also offer a variety of curricular content and enrichment such as music, band, Spanish, PE, health, art, and other online electives. Each is important to develop the whole child.

The faculty and staff of Bishop McCort are caring individuals who strive to be the best at their craft. Our teachers model life-long learning while instilling a thirst for knowledge in their students. All staff are invested in the success of each student according to their individual talents, interests, needs, and gifts. We are the place to be because our students are given the tools to make sound judgments and wise decisions.

In the Fall of 2023 Bishop McCort Catholic High School will introduce the Innovative Learning Schedule for our students and faculty. This schedule is comprised of a 4-day school week and optional Enrichment Friday. Lengthening the school day and individual class time results in 56 additional instructional hours as compared to the traditional 5-day school week. Enrichment Friday’s will allow McCort students to continue learning outside of the classroom walls with college visits, job fairs, science fairs, increased opportunities for job shadowing and community faith-based projects.

I encourage you to visit our school and let us meet your family. We will provide a tour and a private session to answer any questions. If we can offer further assistance with your decision making process, please do not hesitate to call me.


School Profile

Bishop McCort Catholic High School is an incorporated Catholic high school located in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, approximately 67 miles east of Pittsburgh.

The success of the students in baccalaureate studies is one indicator of the quality of McCort’s academic program. Bishop McCort offers 10 Advanced Placement (AP) courses and 23 Honors courses, more than any other school in the area. It is this curriculum that prepares our students to excel at the finest colleges and universities across the country.

The “College in High School” program allows students to earn college credit while enrolled at McCort. There are currently 43 credit hours approved for transfer to any college/university. The program is accredited by Seton Hill University, Mt. Aloysius College, and St. Francis University.

A McCort education has always been linked to values, chief among them volunteering in community service. Each student is required to complete 15 hours of community service each school year.

McCort has over 30 extracurricular clubs and societies that provide leadership opportunities for its students ranging from honor societies, to ecology, to student government, to drama. The Drama Club annually produces a musical that is critically acclaimed.

Bishop McCort offers one of the best college preparatory programs of study in the area in a unique academic environment. Enriched by Catholic intellectual and cultural traditions, it is a place that throughout its history has promoted excellent scholars.

You will find a diverse community of students and teachers who are committed to our mission: “Learning to think rigorously, so as to act rightly and to serve humanity better.” (Pope John Paul II).

The source of McCort’s academic strength lies in its faculty and staff. McCort boasts an 13:1 student-teacher ratio allowing the faculty to challenge each student to reach their potential in mind, body, and spirit. Our students compete academically with Scholastic Quiz, Forensics, Band and Orchestra.

Bishop McCort offers 19 boys’ and girls’ varsity sports programs including soccer, cheerleading, basketball, football, volleyball, baseball, softball, wrestling and hockey.

Achievements of the Class of 2022 include a 100% graduation rate with 95% continuing with post-secondary education and 5% entering the workforce.

Bishop McCort Catholic High School is accredited by the Middle States and received its most recent accreditation in 2018 and continuing through 2025.
Bishop McCort Catholic High School is accredited by the Middle States and received its most recent accreditation in 2018 and continuing through 2025.