Lincoln Pius X Catholic High School

The Value of our Catholic Education

The Value of our Catholic Education

Pius X Catholic High School

Pius X is a co-ed Catholic high school in Lincoln, Neb. The school is parochial in nature as it serves 19 parishes in and near Lincoln, providing a Catholic-based, rigorous education enriched with numerous opportunities for students to grow their faith, explore the arts, and participate in athletics and other activities.

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Open House 2023!

Tour the building, learn key details and ask questions about Pius X.

Monday, Feb. 6, 2023 – 7 pm

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** Yes, you can submit the names of your young elementary students, but please know our emails for them will be more about summer camps at Pius X and less about high school opportunities until they (and you) are bit more ready for them.

Pius X Open House

Join us with your interested student (eighth-graders and high schoolers at other schools) for our Pius X Catholic High School Open House on Monday, Feb. 6 at 7 pm (No sign-up required; just come!):

  • Short presentation,
  • Tours of the school,
  • Explore some of the many school activities and clubs, and
  • Opportunities to ask questions.

Masses, Campus Ministry, Service, Adoration, Retreats, Encounter Groups, Discipleship Groups, Theology classes taught by Priests and Religious Sisters

Faith-based education
  • Theology classes all four years to learn more about the Catholic faith (taught by priests and religious)
  • All School Mass celebrated monthly in the gym with music and student assistance
  • Class Mass celebrated monthly in the chapel during Theology class period
  • Daily Mass offered before each school day
  • Engaged campus ministry program
  • Multiple retreats (daylong, overnight, extended trips) offered through the school and Diocese
  • Service opportunities offered through retreats, athletic teams, and activities. Student body earns 10,000+ hours of volunteer service in a school year.
  • Freshman-year Encounter groups meet weekly during the school day with adult volunteer sponsor
  • Discipleship groups (optional) for students in grades 10-12 meet with mentor outside of school
  • 14 priests and three religious sisters currently serving at Pius X, 21 alumni currently in religious formation, and 61 priests or women religious alumni

100+ courses including dozens of electives, AP courses and dual-enrolled courses; 99+% graduation rate each year; ACT scores among the best in Nebraska; Student devices; $16M in college scholarships earned by students

incredible academics
  • 100+ courses including dozens of electives to help students expand their knowledge and interests, including 10 AP (Advanced Placement courses) and dual-enrolled
  • 1:1 student devices to assist in education in addition to traditional textbooks and other resources
  • 99+% graduation rate each year
  • Average ACT score of 24 among the best in Nebraska, with 45 students scoring 30 or better 64% of test takers have met 3 or 4 benchmarks
  • 66% of students earned President's Award for Educational Excellence (3.5+ GPA)
  • $16M in college scholarships earned by the Class of 2021
  • Accreditation from AdvancED
Amazing School Counselors, Resource centers for math and writing, a team of paraprofessionals, TeamMates, and a community of supporters from students to parents, students to alumni, and more.
Strong Student Support
  • School Counselors that work with students on everything from course selection, college selection and preparation, to day-to-day social and emotional needs
  • Resource centers for math and writing where students tutor and proofread school assignments for anyone who requests help
  • Additional support during the school day provided by a team of paraprofessionals
  • A community of supporters from students to parents, students to alumni, and more

20+ varsity sports; 40+ activities in music, theater and more; Dozens of student clubs based on various interests

Opportunities to Grow and Succeed
  • 20+ varsity sports with various levels offered depending on the sport (varsity, junior varsity, reserve, freshmen)
  • 40+ activities in music (instrumental and vocal), theater and more, with multiple concerts, competitions, productions, and other events
  • Dozens of clubs based on student interest to meet new people, engage with friends and explore a common interest

Passionate teachers dedicated to Catholic education; school counselors that intentionally reach out to every student, meet with students and families whenever needed; commitment to improving their skills in teaching.

A Spirited Staff
  • Teachers who are passionate about teaching in a Catholic school
  • School counselors that meet with students and families whenever needed, and during annual Junior/Parent meetings, and also formally meet with every sophomore and senior student
  • Commitment to improving through advanced degrees, regular attendance at conferences, and weekly meetings in professional learning communities.

Your tuition is lower than the actual cost to educate a student because of support from Lincoln area parishes, the Good Shepherd Scholarship from the Diocese of Lincoln, supporters of Pius X scholarships, and other generous benefactors.

An Affordable Education
  • Each student belonging to an area Catholic parish receives a scholarship worth about 60% of the actual cost to educate a student

  • All students (regardless of a family's financial situation) are eligible to apply for additional scholarship assistance from Pius X

  • Good Shepherd Scholarship from the Diocese of Lincoln offers additional assistance for families in need

  • Parishes may offer tuition assistance for its families

  • 33% of Pius X students received $565,500 in scholarship funds in 2021-22

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

UNIFORMS

Pius X will host a uniform try-and-buy event from noon to 4 pm on Saturday, June 17. Students can try on parts of the uniform to determine what sizes are needed, then place their order through Dennis Uniform. This event includes trying on, purchasing and ordering new uniforms, used uniforms, and Pius X gear sold by the Booster Club.

Additional dates for uniform try-and buy are: 

  • Tuesday, July 25, 9-11 am
  • Thursday, July 27, 5-7 pm
  • Tuesday, Aug. 8, 9-11 am
  • Thursday, Aug. 10, 5-7 pm

Uniforms are also available for try-ons and purchase on Schedule Pickup Day, Wednesday, Aug. 2, 8:30 am to 3 pm.

Volunteers organize Thrifty Thunderbolt, where they wash and sort uniform donations from families, and make them available to other families. For more information, email us at uniformshop@piusx.net.

STARTING THE SCHOOL DAY

For the normal school schedule, classes begin at 9am on Monday, and 8 am on Tuesday through Friday. Students may be dropped off at the school starting at 7:15 am (daily Mass begins at 7:20 am) and the school offers supervised student space in the Commons until 5 pm each school day.

CLASSES AT PIUS X

This page has the academic departments listed, and when you click on a department you can see which classes are offered in which area.

Course Tracking Math Classes 2021
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MATH: If you are in the Lincoln Catholic grade schools, your current math teacher has recommended what math course(s) is best for you. That course will automatically appear on your PowerSchool course request page. You will take the Pius Math Placement Exam (MPE) around Holy Week. The results of the MPE could change this pre-registered math course based on the score of the exam. If your placement course changes, we will inform you and make the changes.

If you are NOT in a Lincoln Catholic grade school, you may contact the Pius Counseling Center (402-488-0931 or email counselingcenter@piusx.net) to take the math placement test after May 1, 2023.

LUNCH / STUDY HALL

Lunch is divided into four sections, A-B-C-D. Students will be in class for two of those, eat lunch during one and have study time during the other. EXAMPLE: A student who has ‘B lunch’ will have 20+ minutes to study in their fifth period classroom, then eat lunch in the commons, then have their fifth-period class.

STUDENT COUNCIL

Incoming students interested in applying for Student Council can learn on the student council webpage.

CHOIR

Some choir groups are classes during the school day, and some are activities. Pius X singers, Women’s Choir, Concert Choir and Sotto Voce (tryouts required) are classes, so interested students can sign up for them when registering for classes. Other choirs practice outside of the normal school day.

Extra Curricular choirs: Spectrum Varsity Show Choir and Prism JV Show Choir, which rehearse after the school day. AcaFellas and AcaBellas are our men’s and women’s acapella/barbershop choirs/clubs that also rehearse after school and once a week during lunch. Barbershop Club takes place Fridays during study halls (5th period).

Choir Camp: Harmony Explosion is a week-long choir camp in July that serves as a great way to meet other choir members and have lots of fun singing a variety of music. Info will be coming this spring.

BAND

Band: Marching band is a class that meets first semester and functions as a marching band first quarter and a concert band second quarter. It meets 1st period. During marching season the class starts at 7:30 typically until the end of October. Concert Band and Symphonic Band are classes that meet 2nd semester during the school day. Concert band is open to all students and meets 1st period. Symphonic band is an auditioned concert band that meets 2nd period.

Pep Band (Basketball Band and Volleyball Band): Pep band is made up of students enrolled in the band that year. They play popular music at home games and occasionally other events.

Jazz Band: Jazz band is an auditioned group that meets before school starting in November. They play 2-3 concerts at home and occasionally perform at events throughout the community. See Mr. Wilhelm for audition material and information in mid-October. Depending on interest, there may be more than one Jazz band so more students can participate.

Strings Club: Strings club is Pius’s main strings ensemble. Students of all experience levels are welcome. Strings club meets once before school and once after school each week starting in November.

Band Camp: This camp starts a week before school. Student in marching band are required to attend this camp to learn the music and drill for the year’s show.

ATHLETICS

Summer workouts usually begin right after Memorial Day. Summer Running begins July 5 and meets daily in the mornings at different places for group runs with other student-athletes. This is especially helpful for athletes interested in cross country (fall sport) and track and field (spring).

Here are last summer’s schedules (this will be updated in Spring 2023):

BOYS: Grades 10-12 M-T-Th-F, 7-8:15am; Grade 9 M-T-Th-F, 8:15-9:30am; Wednesdays are used as make-up days.

GIRLS: Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, 9:30am-11am, Meet at Tennis Courts

Sports Camps: Sports camps start the week of Memorial Day. Check our camps listing here (updates will be made throughout the spring).

Tryout: Tryouts for teams vary from sport to sport and occur the first few days/week of the official start of pre-season. Tryout information will be published in the parent newsletter and online starting in the summer.

Fall Sports: Cross Country | Football | Golf – Girls | Softball | Tennis – Boys | Volleyball

Winter Sports: Bowling  |  Boys Basketball  |  Girls Basketball  |  Swimming & Diving  |  Boys Wrestling | Girls Wrestling

Spring Sports: Baseball  |  Golf – Boys  |  Soccer- Boys  |  Soccer – Girls  |  Tennis – Girls  |  Track & Field

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