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Admissions Guidelines

All 8th grade students who wish to apply to a Catholic high school in the Archdiocese must follow these guidelines:

  1. In order to be considered for admission to any participating Catholic high school, 8th grade students must take the High School Placement Test (HSPT) on December 3, 2016 or December 10, 2016. The cost of the test is $40. Check-in begins at 8:30am, and the test begins promptly at 9:00am.  Results are sent to students via email or mail by the Scholastic Testing Service. Students may take the test at any Catholic high school in the Archdiocese of Baltimore, but the test may be taken only once. Test results can be sent to three Catholic high schools in the Archdiocese of Baltimore. A fourth report may be sent to the Archdiocese of Washington. In case of inclement weather, visit our web site (, or tune in to WBAL 1090AM for instructions.

  2. Catholic elementary school students are given a standard Archdiocese of Baltimore Catholic High School Referral Form. This form is given directly to the students in Catholic elementary schools by personnel at their respective schools. The referral form is then completed by middle school teachers and the principal from the student’s school. This form does not apply to current non-Catholic school students.

  3. After the referral form is completed, the elementary school will make copies of the form to send directly to the three selected schools with a copy of the student’s standardized testing results (6th - 8th grades) and the student’s 6th, 7th, and 8th grade academic records. The elementary school may retain copies of the original forms.

  4. All Catholic high schools require an individual application. These applications, completed by the student and/or parents/caregivers, are requested directly from the high school by the student or parents/caregivers. These individual applications are not processed by the elementary school, and must be mailed directly to the high school by the required date published by the school. Some high schools require an application fee and an essay with the individual application.

  5. Admissions decisions for applying 8th grade students will be announced on February 17, 2017. Scholarships, financial aid, and work study grants for applying 8th grade students will not be announced, formally or informally, prior to February 17, 2017. Contact the individual high schools for specific information.

  6. Accepted students must adhere to registration deadlines provided by the high schools.

  7. No high school will allow an accepted Catholic school student to begin the school year unless he/she has successfully completed the eighth grade curriculum, and the school has received a final official transcript.

  8. Financial obligations from the prior Catholic school must be met before the student can begin class.

  9. Questions about the application process should be asked directly to the high schools.

  10. Students are encouraged to attend open houses and high school fairs held during the fall.