Please read more about the application and admissions process below in order to discover why and how you can become a part of a strong Catholic high school.
In addition, you will find videos on specific admissions-related topics on the Big Shoulders Fund High School Transition YouTube channel.
Important dates to remember this year:
As with any important decision to make, there are things you will want to remember when applying to Catholic high school. Here is a list of important dates to note and use as you are making your plans to attend high school.
(Please note that dates are updated for each school year.)
How to apply to Catholic Schools in Chicago:
We also offer school profiles and a match tool on this website to help you discover which Catholic high schools have programs and offerings that are a match for you.
After taking the high school entrance exam, you will be asked to submit additional information to the high school where you took the exam to complete your application process. This information may include your report cards.
The exceptions noted above are for those students who wish to attend a high school in the Cristo Rey network (Cristo Rey, Cristo Rey St. Martin, Christ the King). These high schools do not require you to take an entrance exam. You may apply to these schools directly through the admissions office of the Cristo Rey high school you wish to apply to. St. Francis de Sales High School also has their own application process that includes an admissions test written by teachers and an interview.
For example, say you apply to school A by taking the high school entrance exam at School A. If you later want to apply to School B, you must request that your exam scores be sent from School A to School B. This means that you are now applying to School B and you are no longer applying to School A.
The High School Placement Test (HSPT) is the most common Catholic high school entrance exam. Each school controls their own test and test environment.
You will need to bring $25, payable by cash or check, to pay the examination fee at the school administering the exam.
You will need to bring several #2 pencils to the exam.
If you are placed on a waitlist, you should decide whether you wish to remain on the list and stay in consideration for potential openings at that school, or ask that the school send your test scores to another Catholic high school so that you can apply to that other school. Students do not take another entrance exam at the second school.
If you are declined, then you should request that the entrance exam test score be sent to another Catholic high school. This new Catholic high school will then make their own independent decision regarding your acceptance.
In addition to need-based financial aid, schools also offer merit-based aid. Students that take the entrance exam at a school are eligible for that school’s merit-based scholarships.
If you currently receive a renewable BSF schoalrship in elementary school, you may be eligible to bring that BSF scholarship with you to almost any local Catholic high school. To find out if your elementary school BSF scholarship is carries over into high school, please contact Big Shoulders Fund directly.
It is also possible to apply for and receive a BSF scholarship in high school if you are accepted to attend a BSF-supported Catholic high school and that school applies for a scholarship on your behalf. The Big Shoulders Fund-supported high schools include: St. Francis de Sales, Leo, Our Lady of Tepeyac, Mount Carmel, St. Rita, De la Salle, Cristo Rey, Holy Trinity, Christ the King, Josephinum, and DePaul.