Applying to a Catholic High School

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Students must apply to attend a Catholic school. The details of the admissions process vary, but it generally includes an application, entrance test and interview. The entrance exam is offered on multiple dates from October through December. Admissions decisions are made by early spring. Depending on enrollment, a school may accept late applications until the start of a new school year.

As a first step, families should complete the Universal Application to apply to Catholic high schools run by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Families can select up to 4 schools through this application, eight of which are Philadelphia Catholic high schools run by the Faith in the Future Foundation. The selected schools review the application and directly reach out to the applicants with further followup information.

Other Catholic schools not listed on this application are likely independently-run Catholic schools with their own application and admissions process. For information on how to apply, please reach out directly to any schools not included on the Archdiocese of Philadelphia Universal Application.

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