Applying to SHC

Class of 2028 Application Timeline

September - November 2023

Irish for a Day Program (dates vary)

October 3, 2023

Financial Aid applications available online

October 13, 2023

Parent Visit 7:30-9:30am

October 28, 2023

Open House 9-11am

November 3, 2023

Parent Visit 7:30-9:30am

November 16, 2023

Applications for Admissions Priority Deadline (noon); applications accepted after this deadline for an additional $25 processing fee

December 2, 2023

Catholic High School Placement Test (HSPT) 8:30am-12:30pm

December 8, 2023

Financial aid application due to TADS

March 14, 2024

Notification of admissions and financial aid decisions mailed to applicants

March 15, 2024

Admissions decisions can be accessed electronically after 4 pm

March 22, 2024

Registration for the Class of 2028 due by noon

Class of 2028 Application Checklist

  1. Application for the Class of 2028 
  2. Application fee
    • $100 by the Priority Deadline (Thursday, November 16, 2023 at noon)
    • Subsequent to the Priority Deadline ($25 additional processing fee) 
  3. HSPT testing - Saturday, December 2, 2023
    • Applicants may register to take the HSPT at any location that is administering the test. If you wish to take the test at Sacred Heart Cathedral, indicate our school as your test location on our application. Once your application is submitted, you will automatically be registered to take the test on our campus on December 2, 2023 (8:30 am- 12:30 pm)
  4. Financial aid application (if applicable)
    • Application open on Tuesday, October 3, 2023. 
    • Complete and submit the online financial aid application by Friday, December 8, 2023.
  5.  Clergy recommendation (optional)
    • Download and submit to your clergy member. Clergy member will submit the form on your behalf by January 15, 2024.
  6. Outside letters of recommendation (optional)
    • Recommenders must be people outside of your academic community who can accentuate a special talent and/or speak to your personal character. Note: SHC will solicit the required recommendation from your current school documenting your academic effort and achievement.
    • Letters must not exceed one typewritten page.
    • 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.
    • Letters can be emailed to or mailed directly to the SHC Admissions Office by the recommender.
    • Due by January 31, 2024.

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 16, 2023.
    • 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 16, 2023 (form available within the online application).
    • Students that do not submit their application for extended test time by the November 16, 2023 deadline, may not be considered for testing accommodations. 

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