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You Belong Here, at Cardinal O’Hara High School.  Where smaller class sizes, a family-like atmosphere, and dedication to Franciscan values allows students to thrive. 

Student Life

You Belong Here– at a school where the bonds and character created by extra-curricular activities in sports, fine arts, and clubs can be experienced by all.  Where you can be the star football player and the lead in the musical.  Where Good Samaritan Club and Mastermind members represent the student body in the most impactful ways.

Community Service

In the spirit of St. Francis, we teach our students the importance of serving others in need and to have concern for the betterment of our community.  Our students regularly serve many organizations throughout the WNY Community. 

Our Mission

Cardinal O’Hara High School, established in 1961, is a Franciscan-based, college preparatory, private high school located on a 17 acre campus in the Town of Tonawanda, NY. 

The mission of Cardinal O’Hara High School is to provide a holistic educational environment that addresses the uniqueness of each individual in a total community of learners.  We are strongly committed to actively pursuing academic excellence through the inclusion and integration of students who represent different groups, including students of any race, color, disability, religion, national and ethnic origin, and to provide to all students the rights, privileges, programs and activities available at the school. 

Our Commitment

Cardinal O’Hara has a dedicated commitment to academic excellence, and helping students grow intellectually and spiritually so they can realize their full potential. Our co-ed environment prepares our young men and women for real world experiences in life. These values have laid the foundation for the success of our alumni.

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Cardinal O’Hara offers a variety of course options ranging from Regents to Advanced Placement to College Credit classes. Other highlights include Fine Arts, STEAM, Culinary Institute at O’Hara and Business and Technology.  State of the art resources include 100% WiFi coverage, 3D printers, SMART boards and 1:1 laptop program for all students. 

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The faculty at Cardinal O’Hara works tirelessly to foster an enriching academic curriculum that challenges each student.  They encourage an atmosphere of inclusion and independence that enables our students to learn and grow as individuals.  Our teachers are given personal development opportunities each year to help keep them on forefront of their profession. 

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Extra-Curricular Activities

The Cardinal O’Hara experience includes many exciting and stimulating clubs and activities.  More than 90% of our students participate in at least one extra-curricular activity. This gives students the opportunity to be creative and showcase their skills outside the classroom. 

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A member of the Monsignor Martin Athletic Association, Cardinal O’Hara prides itself on a long standing tradition of successful athletic achievement.  Numerous teams have won MMA, WNY & NYS Championship honors. Our campus includes indoor and outdoor facilities as well as a strength and conditioning center. 

College and Beyond

Cardinal O’Hara prepares its students for college as well as their life beyond academics.  With a 100% college acceptance rate, COHS students have many choices when it comes to college. We know COHS alumni are active, contributing members of their communities. 

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Calendar of Events

View our full listing of  COHS events including school events, sporting events and community and fundraising events. 

April 2024
26 April
6:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Casino Night

May 2024
03 May
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm

HSA Meat Raffle

06 May
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Home School Association Meeting

31 May
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Class of 2024 Graduation

June 2024
03 June
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Home School Association Meeting

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