Tuition Rates Reduced 20% for 2016-17 School Year

St. Mary Cathedral, Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Parish:  606 North Ohio Avenue, Gaylord, MI  49735
School:  321 North Otsego Avenue, Gaylord MI 49735

January 15, 2016

Dear Parish and School Families,

We are happy to announce that St. Mary Cathedral parish is making Catholic education more affordable for families with a plan to decrease K-12 2016-2017 parishioner tuition rates by 20%.  For one parishioner student, families will pay $3,250 for the 2016-2017 school year compared to $4,060 for the 2015-2016 school year, representing a 20% reduction. Non-parishioner families will pay $4,750 per student. Full details and enrollment packets will be available at the parish and school during Catholic Schools Week, celebrated January 31 – February 6, 2016.  Information will also be available online at

For over 120 years, this parish has supported one of the most important apostolic ministries of the Church – forming the faith and future of our young people through quality Catholic education. St. Mary Cathedral School is one of only four Catholic Schools in northern Lower Michigan to offer K-12 classes.  Even with the economics of recent years and declining population trends, we have worked diligently to retire debt and related service costs, thereby allowing us to direct additional parish financial resources to the school.  At the same time, the school has maintained small class sizes with a 1:12 or less ratio, purchased equipment to allow every student to access technology with 1:1 computing, and provided an environment that nurtures the intellectual and moral development of each student. We continue to provide an advanced academic curriculum, faith formation, athletic participation and visual, performing and applied arts.   By reducing tuition rates, we hope to grow the school, plant seeds of faith, and make Catholic Education more affordable to families – all without compromising the quality of the education we provide. Since 1929, 2,650 young men and women have graduated from St. Mary Cathedral School. Our seniors have met standards that currently exceed the State of Michigan graduation requirements and, over the last six years, have been offered $5.5 million in scholarships with an average class size of 20.  100% of our 2015 high school graduates enrolled in college or university.

As a parent, grandparent or guardian, you are the primary educators of your children.  You have many options in selecting an educational opportunity for your child.  It is one of the most important choices you can make for their future.  Pope Francis said in a recent address to educators: “Education cannot be neutral. It is either positive or negative; either it enriches or it impoverishes; either it enables a person to grow or it lessens, even corrupts him. The mission of schools is to develop a sense of truth, of what is good and beautiful (5/10/2014).” In choosing St. Mary Cathedral School, you are providing your child with an academically rigorous and doctrinally sound program of education and faith formation designed to strengthen their union with Christ and his Church. Our students are leaders, developing in safe and nurturing environments conducive to academic excellence where they prepare for higher education and a life of faith in a bright future.    

Sincerely Yours in Christ,                                                              

Fr. Don Geyman, Rector                                Mrs. Nicole Hatch, School Principal

Parish Office (989) 732-5448 • Fax (989) 705-3585 • School (989) 732-5801 • Fax (989) 732-2085




Catholic school students:

  • Overall academic achievement is higher
  • Graduate from high school
  • Attend college
  • Graduate from college
  • Get higher paying jobs

…All at exceptionally higher rates than other religious, private, public and charter schools

Catholic school graduates are:

  • more likely to vote
  • more likely to earn higher wages
  • more civically engaged
  • more tolerant of diverse views
  • more committed to service as adults

With attendance in any Catholic school for any period of time, students are:

  • 4x more likely to be attending church at the age of 45
  • 3x more likely to be confirmed
  • 2x more likely to be married in Church

The longer students attend a Catholic school:

  • the more regular their church attendance
  • the more generous they will tend to be
  • the more they will tend to give back to the community through service

The Value of Education: Measuring the Effect of School Choice on Economic Outcomes found that Catholic High School Graduates:

  • earned 13.6% more than their public school counterparts
  • were 6.5% more likely to attend college
  • were 19.7% more likely to earn a bachelor’s degree

Two studies highlighted in the NCEA’s 2014-15 Annual Statistical Report:

  • National Secondary School Graduation Rates: Catholic (99.0%), Other Religious (97.8%), Non-sectarian Private (95.2%), Public (78.2%)
  • Percentage of High School Graduates who attend 4-year colleges: Catholic (85.7%), Other Religious (62.1%), Non-sectarian Private (56.1%), Public (39.5%)

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The following documents are available below:

  • 2016-17 Tuition Rates
  • New Family Referral Program

The 2016-17 Tuition Rates document provides detailed information regarding parishioner and non-parishioner tuition rates as well as available payment plans, cost to register, tuition scholarships, how to get free tuition for one quarter, and SCRIP.

 2016-17 Tuition Rates,
Fees & Payment Options

Attracting new students and families to St. Mary Cathedral School is integral to not only the success of our school, but to the development of our Catholic faith in our community. The following tuition reduction program is provided for St. Mary Cathedral School families who play a primary role in the admission of NEW families to St. Mary Cathedral School.

Family Referral Program


Building the future through
faith and knowledge.


St. Mary Cathedral School
321 N. Otsego Avenue
Gaylord, MI  49735


St. Mary Cathedral School
is dedicated to:

  • nurturing lifelong discipleship in the Lord;

  • promoting academic excellence, and;

  • cultivating God-given talents.