History

Established in 1966, Bishop Grimes is a private, not-for-profit, Roman Catholic High School located in East Syracuse, New York.  The school is named after the second Bishop of Syracuse, John Grimes.

Originally, the school was staffed by members of the Marist Fathers, priests from the Syracuse Diocese, sisters of Saint Joseph of Carondelet, and by lay teachers.  Today, the school is governed by a Board of Trustees comprised of community leaders, alumni, and clergy.  The Board of Trustees, administration, faculty, staff, and coaches are dedicated to carrying out the school’s mission by providing a rigorous, high-quality, Catholic educational experience.

Initially built to educate students in grades 9-12, the school presently serves the needs of students in grades 7-12.  Historically, Bishop Grimes has educated students from nearly every public school district in Onondaga County and every Catholic parish in Central New York. Today, Bishop Grimes also serves students in Oswego Country. Students come from numerous cultural and religious traditions, and the school welcomes students from countries around the world. Current and past students have come from Egypt, Guatemala, Philippines, Thailand, Greece, Congo, Italy, Canada, Korea, France, Bahrain, Russia, the Netherlands, South Korea, the Gambia, Sudan, Vietnam, India, Japan, Pakistan, China, and Poland.

In 2005, Bishop Grimes was recognized as one of the Top 50 Catholic High Schools in the USA by the Cardinal Newman Society based on excellence in academics, Catholic identity, and civic education.

Today, the school is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, which recognizes Bishop Grimes’ dedication to providing educational excellence in a faith-based environment within a culture of continuous improvement.  Bishop Grimes seeks to prepare young men and women for college, career, and life within the context of the Catholic faith.  Bishop Grimes offers a full New York State Regents curriculum, honors, and Advanced Placement courses, as well as courses in theology, business, technology, music, and art. Bishop Grimes students have the opportunity to participate in college-level courses through Le Moyne College.

Beginning in March 2018, Bishop Grimes became an official candidate school for the International Baccalaureate Organization’s Middle Years and Diploma Programmes. This designation means that the school is pursuing authorization as an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School. IB World Schools share a common philosophy – a commitment to high-quality, challenging, international education – that the school believes is important for our students. As a candidate school, Bishop Grimes Jr./Sr. High School will begin to implement the standards, practices, and curriculum requirements that are hallmarks of the IB programmes beginning in the 2018-2019 school year. In addition, students will still be required to meet the requirements for a New York State Regents or Advanced Regents diploma.

The Board of Trustees and the administration of Bishop Grimes Jr./Sr. High School are very pleased to have achieved candidacy status and to be able to offer the outstanding academic and extracurricular activities that come with this candidacy designation to the students and families of the school. Bishop Grimes will be the only Catholic school in the surrounding area to offer both the Middle Years Programme and Diploma Programme to its students.
The IB curriculum is globally recognized as one of the premier college preparatory programmes for students. The mission of statement of all IB programmes is “to develop internationally minded people who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world.” For further information about the IB and its programmes visit http://www.ibo.org.

Theological studies at Bishop Grimes are enhanced with an on-site chapel, daily prayer, monthly masses, adoration of the Blessed Sacrament on the first Friday of each month, monthly opportunities to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation, character development, and discipline. The Theology of the Body curriculum for 7th and 10th-grade students, as well as the presence of diocesan priests, further engages students both in academics and spiritual formation.

The infrastructure at Bishop Grimes is designed to support high-quality education by providing students with access to up-to-date technology. There are two computer labs for student use, Interactive SMART Boards in targeted classrooms, laptop computers and tablets for the teaching staff, Google Chromebooks for students in grades 7-10, and a closed-circuit television station, BGTV, where students have the opportunity to explore broadcast production and digital video editing.

Admission to Bishop Grimes Jr./Sr. High School is open to families who are registered members of a Roman Catholic parish as well as students coming from different faith traditions that are ready and open to learning about and respect the Catholic faith.

In each of the last successive 20 years, 100% of students graduating from Bishop Grimes have been prepared for college and/or career.  Last year, members of the class of 2018 earned approximately $6 million in college scholarships. Collectively, the student body completed 7,750 hours of community service.

The Bishop Grimes community is comprised of nearly 5,500 alumni many of whom are leaders in their fields of employment.