Getting Started

   

St Joseph High School's Office of Admissions is ready to assist you throughout the entire high school search and application process! Browse our website for all of the information you will need, but don't be afraid to call or email our office at any time. Below are some frequently asked questions to get you started. We can't wait to meet you!

admissions@sjcadets.org   |   (203) 378-9378 x308 

Fax: (203) 378-7306

   

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Shadow Visit?

A shadow visit is the most authentic visit experience. A prospective student will have the opportunity to spend a full class day at St Joes with a current student, including going to all classes, meeting faculty, and lunch is included.

8th graders and Transfer Students can shadow October 1, 2018 - May 1, 2019 (book your appointment early)

7th graders can shadow March 1, 2019 - May 1, 2019

To schedule, a parent must call Mrs Lucy at (203) 378-9378 x455 to schedule the appointment.

 

When is Your Next Open House?

Visit St Joes During Any of Our Open Houses! Get to know our faculty, students, and facilities: 

Fall: Sunday, October 14, 2018 at 1:00pm (Early tours begin at 12:00pm)

Winter: Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at 7:00pm

Register online today! Pre-Registration allows you to have a quick check-in when you arrive and information regarding parking, itinerary, etc. Our Open Houses follow a structured itinerary. This is a great way to get to know our school with your interests in mind!

What Test is Used for the Entrance Exam? When Are Exams Scheduled?

The entrance exam is call the High School Placement Test (HSPT). When you take the entrance exam at St Joes, pay just one fee for your application and exam! Click here to register for the exam! 

Students can choose one of the following dates:

  • Saturday, October 27, 2018 from 7:30am-12:00pm.
  • Saturday, November 10, 2018 from 7:30am-12:00pm.

A third exam is contingent upon the demand of applicants after the application deadline. This exam would be scheduled for December..

The entrance exam is divided into five areas:

  • Non Verbal
    • Measures abstract reasoning skills, based on geometric shapes and figures. This predicts success in school activities requiring abstract reasoning.
  • Verbal
    • Measures reasoning skills based on the understanding of words. This predicts success in school activities requiring verbal skills.
  • Reading
    • Measures vocabulary and reading comprehension, emphasizing sentences and paragraph comprehension. It also tests the ability to find the main idea and draw conclusions from reading passages and inferential and critical comprehension.
  • Language Arts
    • Measures usage, grammar, listening, and composition skills.
  • Mathematics
    • Measures skills including computation, concepts, and applications of mathematical reasoning to work problems drawn from everyday experiences. Calculators can not be used on the entrance exam.

How Do I Register For the Entrance Exam? How Should I Prepare?

Registration for the Entrance Exam is online (click here)!  Your application fee ($50) will include the exam only if it is taken at St Joes. If you are planning on taking the exam at St Joes, please apply before arriving to take the exam.

St Joseph High School also offers a High School Placement Exam Preparation Course! This year's prep course will be held on October 19-20, 2018.  The 2018 Prep Course Registration will open in August 2018 and the registration form will be available here.

If you have taken the Connecticut Mastery Test or the Iowa Basics Test, you will be familiar with the HSPT. Get a good night's sleep and eat breakfast before arriving to take the test.

 

 

Where Do I Apply?

Apply online by clicking through to St Joseph High School's Online Application portal. Complete the application and submit online along with the non-refundable $50 testing and application fee before the exam.

The deadline for 2019-2020 freshmen applications is November 12, 2018. Applications received after the deadline will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Transfer student applications are due by July 30, 2018 in order to be considered for the Fall 2018 school year, and July 30, 2019 for the Fall 2019 School Year. Students may be considered for a January 2018 start (mid semester), transfer applications are due by December 2018.

What Happens if I Missed the Application Deadline?

We accept applications on a rolling basis after the deadline.

What Are My Chances of Being Admitted?

Each application is reviewed by our admissions committee. Your academic performance during seventh and eighth grades (for incoming freshmen) or the previous two academic years (for transfer students) is very important . Effort and motivation are as important as grades.

The committee considers the following information before a decision is made:

  • Entrance exam score
  • Current report cards (two most recent years)
  • Teacher comments on the report cards
  • Recommendation forms sent: one from each an English and Math teacher (Transfer students: Guidance Counselor)
  • Attendance record (as indicated on report cards)
  • Effort, Participation, Behavior

 

How Will You Determine a Student's Course Placement?

Placement for incoming freshmen is largely based on the review of the student's entrance exam results, report cards, and teacher recommendations. Admissions works closely with the Department Chairs and Guidance Office to appropriately place a student for the coursework at St Joes. Students are notified of their placement upon acceptance. Schedules are not deemed finalized until the first day of school.

We offer optional placement tests in June for incoming freshmen for World Language and Math (In order to take the Math Placement, the student must have taken Algebra or Geometry in the 8th grade).

 

Does St Joes Provide Transportation?

St Joseph High School is proud to have students from more than 30 towns around CT!

  • Busing is provided to Trumbull residents through the town of Trumbull.
  • St Joes also runs five additional bus routes to a variety of other towns.
  • We are also the first school in CT to partner with CarpooltoSchool, a digital carpooling network that makes it even easier to get to St Joes!

For more information about Bus Routes, please visit our transportation page.

 

Does St Joes Offer Financial Aid and Scholarships? What is the Difference?

Academic (merit) scholarships are available to those students who receive a composite score of 90% or higher on our entrance exam and whose transcripts indicate high academic achievement. To be eligible for these scholarships, applicants must take either the first or second entrance exam and submit a completed exam by the November 12, 2018 deadline.

Financial aid is based on a family's financial need. Financial Aid forms are available to all eighth grade applicants on our website and we recommend filling them out as soon as possible. The application deadline for incoming freshmen (2019-2020) is November 12, 2018. Applications received after this deadline are not guaranteed financial aid and will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Please call Mrs Rodgerson in the Financial Office at (20) 378-9378 x310 if you have any questions regarding financial aid or tuition payment options.

 

What is Tuition for 2018-2019? What are the Payment Options?

Tuition for the 2018-2019 is $15,900. International student tuition is $19,200. Extra costs include an iPad, uniform and transportation (optional).

Parents have three payment options:

  1. One Full Tuition Payment (due June 1)
  2. Two Half Tuition Payments (due June 1, December 1)
  3. 11-Month Payment Loan with Union Savings Bank (begins June 1)