Catholic High School Admissions
The Office of Secondary Admissions facilitates the process for students applying to enroll in one of the 27 Catholic high schools of the Archdiocese of St. Louis. This includes providing a number of services designed to inform parents and students about the Catholic high schools and implementing the application process.
Catholic High School Directory
The Catholic High School Directory (also called "Red Book") is posted on this website. This is an important resource that details the curriculum, admissions requirements, tuition and fees, and other pertinent information for each of the 27 Catholic high schools.
High School Open House
The Catholic high schools host an Open House on the first Sunday in November. Students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade and their parents are invited to tour the high school facilities and learn about their programs. A schedule is published on this website. The high schools are generally open in the afternoon, but times at individual schools will vary. Open House is scheduled so that multiple high schools can be visited that day. Parents and students are encouraged to take advantage of Open House as they begin process of considering high school selection options.
High School Nights
A series of High School Nights are scheduled in September and October each year at various locations around the Archdiocese. These are held in the evening, and provide students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade and their parents an opportunity to hear from representatives of the Catholic high schools about their programs and policies. Parents and students are encouraged to take advantage of the High School Nights as they continue the process of considering high school selection options (See High School Nights page)
High School Admissions Policies
Ordinarily any student whose educational needs can be served and who applies to an Archdiocesan high school will be admitted. The normal time for application is November of eighth grade in order to enter the freshman class the following school year. Qualified students may be accepted later on a space available basis. Admissions policies for the private Catholic high schools vary. Parents are advised to review the Catholic High School Directory or contact the individual schools for this information.
Acceptance to a Catholic high school is contingent upon successful completion of eighth grade. Students whose records show low achievement and/or failing grades may be required to attend a summer school program before admission is finalized.
Willingness to accept the financial responsibilities of attending an Archdiocesan high school constitutes an admissions requirement.
All Catholic schools of the Archdiocese of St. Louis admit students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin and do not discriminate in admissions policies, scholarships and loan programs, and athletic and other school administered programs.
Cooperation of parents/guardians with their church and school can be an important criterion in determining the acceptance of the application for admission. Non-Catholic students are admitted provided they and their parents/guardians are willing to fully subscribe to the religious philosophy and program of the school. Priority is given to non-Catholic students entering from Catholic schools. Non-Catholic students from other schools are admitted on a space available basis.
High School Admissions Procedure
The procedure for applying to one of the 27 Catholic high schools in the Archdiocese includes the following steps.
- Open House is held on November 8, 2015. Application forms are distributed through Catholic elementary schools and PSR's to all eighth graders who wish to apply to a Catholic high school. Students attending public schools, other private schools, or those who are home-schooled may obtain an application by calling a Catholic high school.
- Completed application forms are due according to the checklist instructions on the application no later than November 18, 2015.
- By December 1, 2015 the following items are sent by the elementary school principal to the Catholic high school that is listed first on the application: a copy of the student's cumulative record including all final grades, standardized test results, diagnostic test results and discipline records; a copy of the report card for first quarter of eighth grade; and, the completed application form. NOTE: Only one set of records for high school admission is prepared for each applicant.
- A copy of the first semester report card is sent to the high school by the elementary school principal by January 15, 2016.
- Letters of acceptance and non-acceptance are mailed to students on February 5, 2016 by each high school.
- A copy of the second semester report card is sent to the Catholic high school the student will be attending as soon as possible after grades are ready at the end of the second semester.
The same process and same forms should be used for late applications. If deadlines have already passed, the steps should be completed as quickly as possible.
For additional information contact:
Office of Secondary Administration
Catholic Education Center
20 Archbishop May Drive
Saint Louis, MO 63119