Intro / Description:

Boylan is a comprehensive, co-educational diocesan high school in the Diocese of Rockford, IL whose bishop is the Most Reverend David J. Malloy DD, JCL, STD. Boylan's campus is situated on 60 acres in the northwest section of Rockford. The 55 year-old facility includes a chapel, library, Academic Support Center, guidance offices, auditorium, two gyms, a weight room and a wrestling room. The main building also has a computer-aided design (CAD) lab, three computer networking labs (including a MAC lab), a computer-equipped business education lab, foods and sewing rooms, and cafeteria. The Arts and Science Complex has eight science labs with a central preparation area, two art classrooms with kiln, a 175-seat lecture hall/auditorium, and a study hall. The Music Complex houses a band room with five practice rooms, a director’s office, and a chorus room. The campus also includes a 5400-seat stadium with a synthetic six-lane running track, two baseball diamonds, multi-use practice fields, and six indoor tennis courts. The Voss Family Alumni Center, located in the northeast quadrant of the campus, houses the Advancement Office and Swim Complex.

Boylan shall admit students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school.

Also, the school will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletic and other school administered programs.

Boylan is operated as a not-for-profit institution by the Catholic Diocese of Rockford, IL. all revenue is used for the care of students, salaries of teachers and personnel, maintenance of buildings and grounds, and improvements.




Enrollment for 2015-16 is 956. There are 252 seniors, 237 juniors, 245 sophomores and 222 freshmen. Ninety percent of students are Catholic; ten percent are of other faiths. Ethnic enrollment is 3.0% African American, 4.0% Asian, 14% Hispanic, and 79% Caucasian.




Boylan uses a letter grading scale. A semester grading period consists of two quarters. Boylan uses Skyward Family Access as its grading program. Class rank is no longer reported on the student's transcript.




Boylan is accredited by the North Central Association of Secondary Schools and Colleges (AdvanceED) and the Illinois State Office of Education. It is also a member of the National Catholic Education Association. In 1987, 1991 and 1998, Boylan received the Blue Ribbon School Award from the US Department of Education, the highest award an American high school can achieve. It recognizes excellence in teaching, student achievement, leadership, and parental involvement in the nation’s most successful schools. Boylan is the only Northwestern Illinois school to receive the award. In 2005 and 2006, Boylan was named as one of the Top 50 Catholic High Schools in the United States.



Academic Profile:

Class of 2016:

Class Size : 250

National Merit Finalist: 4

Illinois State Scholars: 42

A.C.T. Scores - 2015:





Total Students





Ninety-five percent of all graduates have gone on to post-secondary education. College scholarships worth $14,500,000.00 were awarded to the Class of 2016.

Advanced Placement

In 2016, 132 students took 321 AP exams in nineteen subject areas. All students enrolled in an AP course are required to take the AP exam.

  • 88% of Boylan’s AP exam scores qualified for college credit or advanced placement (exam score of 3, 4 or 5).
  • 92% of students received a 3 or better on at least one exam. (Illinois average is 66%)
  • Boylan’s average AP score is 3.92 (Illinois average is 3.05, United States average is 2.85)
  • AP courses and number of students for the 2015-2016 school year:
  • Art History - 11
  • Biology - 12
  • Calculus AB - 34
  • Calculus BC - 9
  • Chemistry - 13
  • English Lang. - 20
  • English Lit. - 29
  • European History - 7
  • Macroeconomics - 8
  • Microeconomics - 13
  • Music Theory - 6
  • Physics C: Mechanics - 11
  • Psychology - 43
  • Spanish Language - 17
  • Statistics - 12
  • Studio Art: Drawing - 6
  • Studio Art: 2D Design - 4
  • US Gov't & Politics - 37
  • US History - 29



Athletic Achievements:

Boylan belongs to the Northern Illinois Conference (NIC-10). Student athletes are required to abide by school and IHSA eligibility standards. There are 24 boys’ and girls’ sports.


Conference Champions:

  • Boys: Soccer, Basketball
  • Girls: Dance, Soccer

NIC-10 All Conference Athletes: 60

NIC-10 Scholar Athlete Awards: 228

NIC-10 Scholar Athlete Pins: 30

IHSA Regional Champions:

  • Boys: Soccer, Basketball
  • Girls: Volleyball, Basketball, Soccer

IHSA Sectional Champions:

  • Boys: Basketball
  • Girls: Basketball

IHSA State Series:

  • Girls' Tennis - Three Individual State Qualifiers
  • Girls' Golf - Team Sectional Qualifier
  • Boys' Golf - Team Sectional Qualifier
  • Girls' Cross Country - Team Sectional Qualifier, Two Individual State Qualifiers
  • Girls' Swimming and Diving - One Individual State Qualifier
  • Wrestling - One Individual State Qualifier
  • Boys' Swimming and Diving - Five Individual State Qualifiers
  • Girls' Track and Field - Six Individual State Qualifiers
  • Boys' Tennis - Four Individual State Qualifiers




The faculty is comprised of 81 laypersons and one priest. Seventy-four percent of lay faculty hold advanced degrees on the Masters level. The teaching staff averages 18.2 years of experience. Boylan has a 15:1 student-faculty ratio.