Shawe Memorial High School in Madison Indiana


Shawe Memorial Junior/Senior High School

201 West State Street
Madison, Indiana 47250
Fax: 812-273-2013


7:45am – 3:45pm




Curt Gardner, Principal
Shawe Memorial Jr./Sr. High School

Shawe Memorial has been providing a Catholic education in Madison, Indiana for over sixty years. We are proud of the many academic and athletic achievements our students have accomplished during this time. However, our greatest accomplishment is building relationships. Shawe strives to instill a personal and intimate relationship with Jesus Christ in each of our students along with a personal, enduring relationship with one another. Whether you are a current family, an alumni, or thinking about becoming part of the Shawe family, we look forward to building or continuing to build a relationship with you.

Mission Statement

Building on 170 years of exemplary Catholic education, the Prince of Peace Catholic Schools, Pope John XXIII Elementary and Shawe Memorial Junior-Senior High School, continue to provide challenging academics in a safe and nurturing environment. Prince of Peace Schools welcomes families of all faiths from Madison, Indiana and the surrounding communities. With an emphasis on family involvement in all aspects of the educational process students have the opportunity to grow in body, mind and spirit, while serving God, the church and the community.

Vision Statement

Prince of Peace Schools will be the educational choice for families seeking an exemplary education, faith based values and lifelong learning skills.

He creates, We shape and They soar


He creates:

Every child is a unique gift from God

We shape:

We nurture the whole child assisting the family in the full intellectual, spiritual and physical development through rigorous academics tailored to the students needs. The school will enable the students to serve as leaders in their school and become valuable members of the church and civic community.

They soar:

Globally connected, contributing citizens…… We strive for the development of lifelong learning, strong moral decision making skills and health in mind and body for all learners.


Students are created in the image of God.

Students learn the Gospel values and use them in daily life.

Students are provided with worship opportunities as well as community service learning.

Students are unique and lovable. Each holds a gift or talent to be shared. We learn to appreciate others through their contributions to our community.

Teachers, parents and students work as a partnership to achieve our goals.

Students develop a love for learning which builds commitment and passion for lifelong learning.

Children are encouraged to reach their own potential.

Our school strives to provide an atmosphere that fully supports the Catholic faith, values diversity and supports social, cognitive, emotional and physical development.

A Shawe Grad at Graduation

During their time at Pope John Elementary School, students build the foundation for their future. Students begin to form as responsible learners, which will be shown in their academic achievement, physical activity and social awareness. The skills gained Pope John students are based in Catholic teachings and values. Examples of the student achievements are:


  • Is a community minded citizen
  • Is Independent
  • Shows tolerance of people’s differences
  • Is a good stewart of time, talent and treasure
  • Is spiritually grounded
  • Is an active participant in his faith
  • Is morally responsible
  • Has strong knowledge of the Catholic faith
  • Respects life


  • Has a goal of further education
  • Is fully prepared for further education
  • Is organized
  • Is a self-directed problem solver
  • Possess articulate speaking skills
  • Is a life-long learner and critical thinker
  • Integrates technology
  • Writes with purpose and accuracy


  • Has an ownership in his education
  • Is a strong alumni supporter of schools
  • Is a good mentor
  • Possesses positive self-worth
  • Is proactive socially as well as academically
  • Takes responsibility
  • Is accountable for actions
  • Presents self well in all situations


  • Is physically active
  • Is active in extracurricular activities
  • Has a healthy lifestyle
  • Demonstrates appreciation of natural resources

Our 2019-2020 Profile

Founded in 1954, Shawe Memorial is a co-educational Catholic school for grades 7-12. Shawe is affiliated with the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. It is through students, parents, faculty, and administration that Shawe Memorial continues the tradition of excellence in Catholic education. Today, Shawe Memorial offers aquality education to 175 students from Madison, Jefferson County and surrounding communities.

Our Faculty and Staff

  • Fr. Chris Craig, Pastor and Chaplain
  • Mr. Phil Kahn, President, Ext. 245
  • Mr. Curt Gardner, Principal, Ext. 228
  • Mrs. Angela Miller, Dean of Studies, Ext. 230
  • Mr. Kim Deffenbaugh, School Counselor, Ext. 227
  • Mr. Jamison Bower, Athletic Director, Ext. 229

Our student/faculty ratio is 11:1.

Our average class size is 13

Our Mission

Shawe Memorial and Pope John, as Prince of Peace Schools, provide a quality education based on Catholic values and traditions in a safe and nurturing environment. We welcome all children and encourage family involvement to help students reach their potential while serving God and others.

Shawe Memorial was named a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence in 2006.

Accreditation and Membership

Shawe Memorial is accredited by the Indiana Department of Education (first class) and the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Indiana Department of Education PL 221 A-F Rating: Letter Grade A, FOUR STAR SCHOOL.

Graduation Requirements

Shawe Memorial High School students must earn a minimum of 48 credits and pass the End-of-Course Assessments for Algebra I and English 10 to earn an Indiana high school diploma.

Indiana Core 40 Diploma: 48 Credits

  • Religion: 1 credit per semester
  • English: 8 credits
  • Mathematics: 6 credits; 8 credits (beginning with class of 2016)
  • Science: 6 Credits
  • Social Studies: 6 Credits
  • Health: 1 Credit
  • Physical Education: 2 credits
  • Directed Electives: 5 credits
  • Other Electives: 6 credits

Academic Honors Diploma: 55 Credits

  • In addition to Core 40 requirements
  • Mathematics: 2 credits
  • Directed Electives:
  • World Language: 6 – 8 credits
  • Fine Arts: 2 credits
  • Other Electives: may vary

*All semester grades 75% or above.

*Cumulative GPA 3.0 or above.

*Additional requirements pertaining to

AP, Dual Credit, SAT scores, or ACT scores.

Diploma Distribution (# of students)

2011 2012 2013 2014
Academic Honors 21 9 23 7
Core 40 6 9 14 9
General 0 0 2 2

Extra-Curricular Opportunities

Shawe Memorial offers a variety of activities that assist in the formation of well-rounded students. These include Religious Retreats, Service In God’s Name (SIGN), Student Publications, Peer Mentors, Peer Tutors, National Junior Honor Society, National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society, Student Council, Mayor’s Youth Council, Model United Nations, Student Leadership Program, Pep Band, Marching Band, Theatre, French Club, Spanish Club, Spell Bowl, Book Club, Writing Club, Chess Club, Pep Club, National Geographic Bee, Junior Division Academic Super Bowl, Senior Division Academic Super Bowl, trips to countries outside the U.S., and class trips in grades 8 (Washington,D.C.) and grade 10 (Camp Joy).

Shawe Memorial also offers opportunities to participate in the following athletic teams: cross-country, soccer, tennis, volleyball, cheerleading, basketball, golf, track & field, baseball and softball.

Weighted Courses

Tier I courses are all designated advance placement courses:

AP English Literature & Composition*  AP Chemistry
AP English Language & Composition*  AP U.S. Government & Politics
AP United States History*  AP Calculus AB*

Tier II courses are all designated honors or advanced level courses as seen below:

Honors English 9 Honors English 10
Creative Writing* Digital Electronics*
Spanish IV Spanish V
French IV French V
Principles of Engineering* Pre-Calculus/Trigonometry*

*Denotes Dual Credit courses with Ivy Tech Community College.

Grade Point Average

GPA is calculated on a 4.0 scale at the completion of each semester. Honors, Advanced Placement, and Dual Credit classes are weighted with semester grades of 75% and above.

Class Rank

Shawe Memorial Junior Senior High School does not rank.

Standardized Test Results

Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress (ISTEP+)

Percentage of Shawe students who scored at or above the Indiana state standard in Spring 2014.

English/Language Arts Mathematics Social Studies
Grade 7 Shawe 87.5% 84.4% 87.5%
Indiana 76.9% 80.8% 72.3%
Grade 8 Shawe 80.6% 87.1% NA
Indiana 75.5% 81.4% Na

Graduation Examinations / End-of-Course Assessments

English 10 ECA Shawe 93% Indiana average (2011) 72%
Algebra I ECA Shawe 74% Indiana average (2011) 72%
*Biology I ECA Shawe 85% Indiana average (2011) 47%

Spring 2014: Percentage of students who Passed by scoring at or above the Indiana state standard.
*Passing is not a graduation requirement.

SAT Reasoning Mean Scores (code 152-175)

English/Language Arts Mathmatics Social Studies
Grade 7 Shawe 87.5% 84.4% 87.5%
Indiana 79.6% 80.8% 72.3%
Grade 8 Shawe 80.6% 87.1% NA
Indiana 75.5% 81.4% Na

ACT Mean Scores (code 152-175)

English/Language Arts Mathmatics Social Studies
Grade 7 Shawe 87.5% 84.4% 87.5%
Indiana 79.6% 80.8% 72.3%
Grade 8 Shawe 80.6% 87.1% NA%
Indiana 75.5% 81.4% Na

*A benchmark score is the minimum score needed on an ACT subject-area test to indicate a 50% chance of obtaining a B or higher or about a 75% chance of obtaining a C or higher in the corresponding credit-bearing college courses.

Shawe Memorial High School Class of 2014

  • 18 Members
  • 100% earned high school diploma
  • 60% of graduates are pursuing a 4-year post-secondary education.
  • 17% attending a community college
  • 11% committed to military service
  • Average GPA 3.16
  • Awarded approximately $440,000 in scholarships from local organizations, businesses, individuals, foundations, colleges and universities.
  • Contributed over 2,075 hours of service to their school, churches, and community.

2011 – 2015 College Acceptances

  • Anderson University
  • Arizona State University
  • Ashland College
  • Baldwin Wallace University
  • Ball State University
  • Barry University
  • Bellarmine University
  • Brescia University
  • Butler University
  • Carleton College
  • Centre College
  • College of Mount Saint Joseph
  • DePauw University
  • Divers Academy International
  • Earlham College
  • Florida Institute of Technology
  • Franklin College
  • Grace College
  • Hanover College
  • Hillsdale College
  • Indiana State University
  • Indiana University
  • Indiana University Purdue University, Indianapolis
  • Indiana University Southeast
  • Indiana Wesleyan University
  • Loyola University (Chicago)
  • Luther College
  • Manchester College
  • Marian University
  • Marquette University
  • Miami University (Ohio)
  • Michigan State University
  • Morehead State University
  • Murray State University
  • Northern Kentucky University
  • Northwest Missouri State University
  • Ohio Northern University
  • Otis College of Art and Design (Los Angeles)
  • Purdue University
  • Purdue University College of Technology
  • Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
  • Saint Francis University
  • Saint Louis University
  • Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College
  • Saint Michael’s College (Vermont)
  • Sullivan University
  • Taylor University
  • The Ohio State University
  • The University of Mississippi
  • Thomas More College
  • Transylvania University
  • Trine University
  • University of Alabama Huntsville
  • University of Cincinnati
  • University of Dayton
  • University of Evansville
  • University of Indianapolis
  • University of Kentucky
  • University of Louisville
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of Missouri
  • University of Notre Dame
  • University of Saint Francis
  • University of Southern Indiana
  • University of Sciences in Philadelphia
  • Valparaiso University
  • Vincennes University
  • Wabash College
  • Western Kentucky University
  • Westminster College
  • Woodbury University (California)
  • Xavier University

Shawe Memorial High School Graduates