Admissions Criteria and Process

Admissions Criteria

The academic curriculum at St. Joseph’s Catholic School is college preparatory and intended for those students planning to further their education at the college level.  St. Joseph’s admits students working at or above grade level who are highly motivated, organized, and independent, and who possess a strong desire to learn. Admissions decisions are based upon results from the school’s Admissions Test, teacher recommendations, previous academic performance, and the student/family interviews. In the event of limited space, qualified siblings of current students, followed by qualified Catholic students, will be given priority in admissions decisions.

St. Joseph’s Catholic School provides opportunities for all motivated students wishing to receive a quality education. However, the school does not accept students who have been suspended or expelled from other schools or who have exhibited behavioral problems at their current school.

Local applicants to St. Joseph’s will be considered for admission with a start date in August and again in January at the beginning of the second semester. We close admissions for the semester (except to out-of-town transfer students) following our Add/Drop period, about eight days into the start of each semester.

Non-Discrimination Policy:  St. Joseph’s Catholic School does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, national or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admissions procedures, financial aid/scholarship awards, and/or any other school administered programs.

Admissions Process

Applications for the upcoming school year are first made available at the Annual Admissions Open House held in November. In order to be considered for admission to St. Joseph’s, the student and parents should complete the following process.

High School Process Details
  1. Application: Submit an Application for High School Admission to the Admissions Office. A $180.00 non-refundable application fee must accompany the completed application.
  2. Testing: Schedule and complete the High School Admissions Test. All applicants must schedule and complete the school’s Admissions Test. Applicants must have a completed application on file in the Admissions Office prior to testing. The Admissions Test is offered on designated Saturday mornings during the months of January, February, and March, with the January and February testing dates reserved for those students wishing to compete for one of two academic scholarships. Applicants pre-register for one of the three admissions testing dates when completing the application paperwork. Space permitting, additional testing dates may be added to accommodate those students who apply after March. Please contact the Admissions Office for a listing of this year’s testing dates.
  3. Teacher Recommendations and Transcript: Submit teacher recommendations and transcript of grades from the student’s current school using the appropriate forms. Applicants and their parents should complete the Transcript Request Form and deliver it to their current school. In addition, applicants should ask their English and mathematics teachers to complete the confidential recommendation forms and to return them to St. Joseph’s in care of the Admissions Office.
  4. Shadowing: Spend a day at St. Joseph’s Catholic School. Every prospective high school student must spend a day “shadowing” a current SJCS high school student. Shadowing days will be scheduled by the Admissions Office January through April following the Admissions Test and subsequent to the receipt of transcripts and recommendations from the applicant’s current school.
  5. Interviews: Complete student and family interviews. During the course of the student shadowing day, an Admissions Committee faculty member will conduct a student interview with the applicant. At the end of this day, the parents will join the applicant for a family interview with the Headmaster or a member of the Admissions Committee. This step will then complete the admissions process.
  6. Notification: Letters will be sent to all candidates for admission, but only after 1) the applicant has completed the entire process as described above, and 2) the Admissions Committee has made a determination concerning the individual’s admissions status. Applicants who complete the admissions process by the end of February will receive priority, and letters will be mailed out on or around March 15th. After that time, applicants will be considered on a rolling admissions basis and will be notified usually within 2-3 weeks of completing the application process.
Middle School Process Details
  1. Application: Submit an Application for Middle School Admission to the Admissions office. A $180.00 non-refundable application fee must accompany the completed application.
  2. Testing: Schedule and complete the Middle School Admissions Test. All applicants must schedule and complete the school’s Admissions Test. Applicants must have a completed application on file in the Admissions Office prior to testing. The Admissions Test is offered on designated Saturday mornings during the months of January, February, and March. Applicants pre-register for one of the three admissions testing dates when completing the application paperwork. Space permitting, additional testing dates may be added to accommodate those students who apply after March. Please contact the Admissions Office for a listing of this year’s testing dates.
  3. Teacher Recommendations and Transcript: Submit a teacher recommendation and a transcript of grades from the student’s current school using the appropriate forms. The Transcript Request Form and Teacher Recommendation Form are part of the middle school admissions packet.
  4. Family Interview: Complete the family interview. Before being admitted, each family will be contacted to meet with either the St. Joseph’s Catholic School’s Headmaster or a member of the Admissions Committee. This step completes the admissions process.
  5. Notification: Letters will be sent to all candidates for admission, but only after 1) the applicant has completed the entire process as described above, and 2) the Admissions Committee has made a determination concerning the individual’s admissions status. Applicants who complete the admissions process by the end of February will receive priority, and letters will be mailed out on or around March 15th. After that time, applicants will be considered on a rolling admissions basis and will be notified usually within 2-3 weeks of completing the application process.