Award Year: 2019

Juan Diego Catholic High School

300 East 11800 South
Draper, UT, 84020-9035

(801) 984-7650

Dr. Galey Colosimo, Principal at time of Nomination

Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake City

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To serve God by providing a challenging academic education rooted in Catholic values in developing the whole person, emphasizing Spiritus Donorum.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 3%
  • White: 55%
  • Hispanic: 26%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 3%
  • Asian: 8%
  • Native American: 1%
  • Two or more races: 4%
Life at Juan Diego Catholic embraces the whole student.

Life at Juan Diego Catholic embraces the whole student.

Juan Diego Catholic High School (JDCHS) was funded by Mr. Sam Skaggs. When asked about the type of students he envisioned, Mr. Skaggs said, "Make sure there is a place at the table for all kids." As 45% of students are minorities, 68% Catholic, 7% international, 7% English Language Learners, 54% receive financial aid, and 6% have documented disabilities, clearly, there is a place at the table for everyone.

JDCHS promotes the Catholic ideal of educating the whole person intellectually, physically, socially, emotionally, and spiritually. We believe that the most well-rounded people are also the most humane, showing compassion in the service of others.

Students develop intellectually through our challenging curriculum. Fifty-two percent of the students enroll in 30 AP and concurrent college courses. JDCHS' Academies of Science, Fine Arts, and Humanities provide a focus on specific material that is academically more rigorous.

Students develop physically and socially through our athletics, activities, clubs, and Campus Life programs. Seventy percent of the students participate in 25 organized sports and activities and 33% in Campus Life leadership roles. Our adage is, "No adult should do anything for the school that a student can do instead." Thus, students serve as leaders, representatives, and speakers at events and assemblies.

Students develop emotionally and spiritually through coursework, speakers, retreats, service and prayer. The Mentor Program matches faculty and upperclassmen with students, to develop important life skills such as listening, conversing, and expressing gratitude. JDCHS retreats encourage social, spiritual, and emotional growth, which culminate with KAIROS, a senior retreat.