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  • Scecina: tradition, opportunities, faith

    Why is Scecina an excellent high school for your child? You should expect a high school that offers high-level academics, a full array of athletics and clubs, and opportunities for a fulfilling all-around experience and four years of cherished memories. 

    We have a small-school environment where every child can discover his or her unique gifts, talents, and interests. Our college and life preparatory opportunities help young people reach their dreams. 

    Did you know that Scecina’s rich academic tradition dates back more than 60 years? And we’ve kept up with 21st-century academic trends. Recent additions to our curriculum include a four-year Biomedical Science program, a Health Occupations course that takes place at Community Hospital East, and new computer science and technology offerings. 

    Our top faculty and our smaller classes, paired with challenging academic offerings, such as Advanced Placement (AP) courses, will prepare young people for meaningful careers. Our College and Career counseling office is committed to students staying on course throughout high school for their next phase in life. 

    It’s no surprise that Scecina is rated “A” by the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE). The IDOE noted Scecina students’ growth in test score achievement from middle school to high school. 

    The IDOE also recognized Scecina as one of just 73 Indiana high schools to have 25 percent or more of its students succeed on AP exams by earning passing marks and qualifying for college credit while in high school. 

    Have you heard of the Indianapolis Urban League (IUL)? The IUL is a community organization devoted to helping minorities and the disadvantaged, with a focus on education. The IUL recently awarded Scecina with its School Excellence Award. The IUL cited several reasons for Scecina’s honor: our diverse student population; our “A” rating from the IDOE; and our Health Occupations class in partnership with Community Hospital East, which combines classroom instruction and real-life experience. 

    At Scecina we take spiritual growth seriously, too. Every student takes four years of Catholic theology with curriculum centered around the life of Christ. We are committed to Christian service activities that benefit our community. 

    Most of our students also play sports, which teach transformational life lessons. Scecina offers all of the Indiana High School Athletic Association sports, including swimming and gymnastics. 

    Choosing a high school these days isn’t easy. At Scecina, we have so much to offer. We have tradition in academics and athletics. We have opportunities for every child to grow. We have a faith-based community that will pray with you and for you along the way. 

    I hope you see why Scecina is a great choice. We look forward to serving you next year. If you have any questions about Scecina, please contact me at (317) 352-3280. If you would like more information about becoming a Scecina Crusader, please click here.


    Joe Therber

  • Watch for Jesus

    Dear Scecina Community, 

    Advent and Christmas . . . two of our most favorite times of the year. Most, if not all, of us have fond memories of Christmases past. 

    Last weekend at Mass, on the first Sunday of Advent, the main theme was “Watch”: For Jesus in our hearts. For Jesus in our family, friends, and neighbors. And for Jesus confident that he will come again at the time of God’s choosing.

    I believe I have seen Jesus often in recent days. I frequently interact with alumni and parents who are infinitely devoted to God, Scecina, their children, and various worthy causes. 

    I experienced Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral last week full of high school seniors from all Catholic high schools in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. Archbishop Charles Thompson ministered to their hearts and minds with his words and images of wisdom.

     This week, many of our seniors are experiencing God’s love through people in their lives. They will see and hear Jesus during their Christian Awakening Senior Retreat. 

    Last week, I saw Jesus’ hands in a room full of education leaders in our city who are deeply vested in serving children of all abilities and backgrounds. 

    The Indianapolis Urban League chose Scecina as one of a handful of schools in metropolitan Indianapolis that excel in many dimensions of their service to young people, their families, and their communities.  

    The keynote speaker at the Urban League luncheon, nationally syndicated columnist Roland S. Martin, spoke of excellent urban education as the most life-changing cause that our country has now and will have during the coming decades. 

    Here at Scecina, our young people are learning and growing, and they are capable of so much going forward. They need us to show Jesus to them. I thank you for what you do that enables this to happen. 

    May God’s peace fill you and yours with faith, hope, and love during the memorable weeks ahead. 


    Joe Therber