Admissions + Applying to SHC

Class of 2022 Application Timeline

September 1, 2017 Applications available online for the Class of 2022 (noon)
September 1, 2017 Financial aid applications available online
September 6, 2017 Irish for a Day (8th Grade Visits) online registration available (noon)
September 7, 2017 Parent Visit online registration available (noon)
September 8, 2017 Open House online RSVP available (noon)
September 18 – November 17 Irish for a Day Program
October 21, 2017 Open House 9 am-11 am
November 10, 2017 Parent Visit 7:30 am-9:30 am
November 24, 2017 Applications for Admissions Priority Deadline (noon); applications accepted after this deadline for an additional $25 processing fee
December 8, 2017 Financial aid application due to TADS
January 6, 2018 Catholic High School Placement Test (HSPT) 8:30 am-noon
March 15, 2018 Notification of admissions and financial aid decisions mailed to applicants
March 16, 2018 Admissions decisions can be accessed electronically after 4 pm
March 23, 2018 Registration for the Class of 2022 due by noon


Class of 2022 Application Checklist

  1. Applications for the Class of 2022 are now closed.
  2. Application fee
    • $85 by the Priority Deadline (November 24, 2017 at noon)
    • Subsequent to the Priority Deadline ($25 additional processing fee)
  3. HSPT testing
    • Applicants are required to take the High School Placement Test (HSPT). Students may take the test only once. They may take it at any Catholic high school that they applied to, but it is free of charge if taken at SHC with a submitted application. Applicants may register to take the test at SHC within the online application. SHC will administer the HSPT on January, 2018.
    • Scores will not be released until after admission letters have been sent in late March. To receive these scores, please contact the Admissions Office at that time.
  4. Financial aid application (if applicable)
  5.  Clergy recommendation (optional)
    • Download and submit to your clergy member. Clergy member will submit the form on your behalf to the Office of Admissions by January 15, 2018.
  6. Outside letters of recommendation (optional)
    • Applicants may submit up to two supplemental letters of recommendation by February 1, 2018.
    • Recommenders must be people outside of your academic community who can accentuate a special gift/talent and/or speak to your personal character.
    • Letters must not exceed one typewritten page and must be mailed directly to the SHC Admissions Office by the recommender.
    • Recommenders must provide contact information including address, daytime phone number and email address in their correspondence so that the Admissions Committee can follow up with them if necessary.


Please Note: Transcripts and teacher recommendation forms will be requested by SHC on behalf of the student. They are not a required component of your application.

Students with special needs applying to SHC must include the following with their application:

      1. Professional evaluation documentation
        • Provide a currently active IEP, 504 Plan or other professional evaluation done within the last three years.
        • Documentation deadline for students with special needs is November 24, 2017.
        • If your student is taking the HSPT at another school, documentation is still needed to complete SHC’s application process.
      2. Application for extended time on the HSPT
        • Download, complete and submit the application for extended testing time by November 24, 2017 (form available within the online application).

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