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Applying to SHC

Class of 2029 Application Timeline

September - November 2024

Irish for a Day Program (dates vary)

October 1, 2024

Financial Aid applications available online

October 2024

Parent Visit 7:30-9:30am

October 26, 2024

Open House 9-11am

November 2024

Parent Visit 7:30-9:30am

November 21, 2024

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

December 13, 2024

Financial aid application due to TADS

March 13, 2025

Notification of admissions and financial aid decisions mailed to applicants

March 14, 2025

Admissions decisions can be accessed electronically after 4 pm

March 21, 2025

Registration for the Class of 2028 due by noon

Class of 2029 Application Checklist

  1. Application for the Class of 2029 
  2. Application fee
    • $100 by the Priority Deadline (Thursday, November 21, 2024 at noon)
    • Subsequent to the Priority Deadline ($25 additional processing fee) 
  3. HSPT testing - Saturday, December 7, 2024
    • 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 7, 2024 (8:30 am- 12:30 pm)
    • For more details review the Class of 2028 HSPT FAQ 
  4. Financial aid application (if applicable)
    • Application open on Tuesday, October 1, 2024. 
    • Complete and submit the online financial aid application by Friday, December 12, 2024.
  5.  Clergy recommendation (optional)
    • Download and submit to your clergy member. Clergy member will submit the form on your behalf by Friday, January 17, 2025.
  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 admissions@shcp.edu or mailed directly to the SHC Admissions Office by the recommender.
    • Due by Friday, January 31, 2025.

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 21, 2024.
    • 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 21, 2024 (form available within the online application).
    • Students that do not submit their application for extended test time by the November 21, 2024 deadline, may not be considered for testing accommodations. 

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