Christ the King Catholic High School, which has met for two years at a temporary facility in Mooresville, is on schedule to open its new building on Aug. 21. The 22,000-square-foot building is under construction on N.C. 73 near Poplar Tent Road and will include a gymnasium and a chapel.

The Stats

This fall, Dr. Daniel Dolan, the principal, expects the school’s population to double from the current 60 students to around 120 students, which will include the first junior class. Over 75 percent of the students at the school attended St. Mark Catholic for middle school. Tuition and fees for the 2013-2014 school year are $8,942 for Catholics and $12,735 for non-Catholics.

The school’s athletic teams, known as the Crusaders, already participate in many sports, competing against schools such as Community School of Davidson, South Lake, Davidson Day, and Lincoln Charter.

A New Kind of Catholic Education

“The Next Generation of Catholic Education” is the motto on the school’s student publication. Asked about this phrase, Dr. Dolan said, “We have the comfort and the support of the Catholic system and yet the encouragement to think about all the resources that are available to us, both in personnel and in technology.”

One nun and no priests comprise the current faculty of 11 teachers, and the school is indeed technology-rich. There are no textbooks at Christ the King; instead, every student gets a MacBook Pro computer.

Dolan strives for a “dynamic, interactive experience” via many field trips, speakers and Skype sessions. Also, all freshman take a logic class.

“We are far more concerned with asking good questions,” Dolan said, “than we are in regurgitating a prescribed answer.”

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Christ the King’s new facility is being constructed at 16800 Davidson Hwy. in Kannapolis. For more information go to