POWERS CATHOLIC                                         

 

 

After 40 years at its original location just north of Flint in Mount Morris Township, Powers relocated to downtown Flint for the 2013-14 school year. Flint is the largest city and county seat of Genesee County and was the birthplace of General Motors in 1908. The new location is a picturesque wooded property located immediately off I-69 from the Hammerburg Road exit 135. The more centralized location, in the center of Genesee County, and its proximity to the intersections of I-69, M-21, US 23, I-75, and I-475, makes for more ideal commutes for families living in Fenton, Linden, Grand Blanc,Lapeer, Owosso, Holly and Clarkston. The new campus boasts 57-acres on a hill, with historic Fay Hall serving as the main academic building. Over $15 million was spent restoring Fay Hall and adding a 75,000-square-foot addition containing a gymnasium, chapel, library, theater and media center. Powers shares a campus with the Michigan School for the Deaf, as part of a 36 million dollar development approved in 2010.

Powers claims a tradition of diversity and has worked for decades to enable qualified students from all over the region to attend. Cardinal Timothy Dolan has called for all Catholic schools to be “strong, accessible, affordable ... owned by every parish, supported by every Catholic, available to every child.” Powers devotes over $1 million annually to financial aid assistance for socio-economic diversity at the school. Currently, Powers draws students from Genesee, Shiawassee, Saginaw, Lapeer,Livingston and Oakland County. Prominent K-8 feeder schools include: St. Pius X (Flint), St. John Vianney (Flint), Holy Rosary (Flint), St. Robert (Flushing), Holy Family (Grand Blanc), St. John (Fenton), St. Paul (Owosso), Our Lady of the Lakes (Waterford), and Bishop Kelly (Lapeer). Fostering the growth of the region's Catholic primary and secondary schools is Cornell University graduate Bill Haley, the executive director of Genesee County Catholic Schools. Total enrollment at Powers for 2015-16 is expected to surpass 650 students.

Academics

Powers strives for excellence in education, nurtures self-worth in individuals, and encourages commitment to living the Gospel of Jesus Christ through service to church, family and community. Powers is regarded as one of the premier parochial high schools in the state and known for its value-centered environment in the Catholic tradition. Powers has the highest ACT average of any high school within a 40-mile radius of Flint. In addition to a comprehensive and rigorous offering of honors and AP courses in the arts, humanities, and sciences, Powers Catholic has dual-enrollment partnerships with Kettering University and University of Michigan–Flint, with both campuses mere blocks away from Fay Hall. One-hundred percent of the school's graduates are accepted to college. The alumni are a part of the school's legacy of leaders and play a prominent role as leaders of industry, education, faith and family. Powers Catholic graduates often matriculate to Ivy League schools and other highly regarded colleges and universities across America. Recent college placements include: Yale, Princeton, Harvard, Stanford, Dartmouth, Johns Hopkins, New York University, Notre Dame, University of Pennsylvania, University of Michigan, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Rochester, U.S. Naval Academy (Annapolis), Kalamazoo, Hillsdale, Hope, Carnegie Mellon, Loyola Chicago, Marquette, Dayton, John Carroll, Miami (FL), DePaul, Holy Cross, Wake Forest, Kettering, and Michigan State University.

Students may choose from over 40 various clubs and activities. Powers Catholic students are extremely invested in academic extracurriculars, and many of the interscholastic and extracurricular programs offered have won awards and recognitions. The school's programs and performing arts include: Model UN, DECA, Debate, Forensics, Rotary Interact, Quiz Bowl, FIRST Robotics, Theater and Choir, Math, Band, and Ethnic Clubs, among others.