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head Welcome to the Admissions home page. For more information on the Admissions department, please contact our department chair - Elizabeth Carney, at or by phone at 312.432.8411. For a complete faculty and staff contact list, please visit our Contact Info page.
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Carney, Elizabeth Director of Admissions 312.432.8411
Cashman, Mike Admissions Recruiter 312.432.8304
Coleman, Karen Campus Visit Coordinator 312.432.8409
Paulus, Emily Admissions Recruiter 312.432.8401

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Admissions Qualifications

An applicant for admission to the freshman class must have satisfactorily completed the eighth grade or its equivalent. To be considered for admission to Saint Ignatius, students must take the Entrance Exam at Saint Ignatius in January of their eighth grade year. The school accepts applicants on the basis of scores on an entrance exam, previous academic performance and previous standardized testing, the promise of future development, consideration of Catholic heritage/school, the family's history (if any) with the school, and adherence to the policies of the school. Saint Ignatius College Prep admits students of any gender, race or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities made available at the school. We do not discriminate on the basis of gender, race or ethnic origin in the administration of our educational policies or policies related to admissions, scholarship opportunities, tuition assistance, athletics and other school-administered programs.

Saint Ignatius follows an admission and enrollment policy of Family Acceptance. This means a preferential acceptance of children of alumni and siblings of students currently or recently enrolled who meet the school's basic academic standard. Family Acceptance is extended to students whose parents have taken the responsibility for furthering the exceptional educational atmosphere at Saint Ignatius. This means that parents have been responsible in dealing with faculty and administration when issues of academics or discipline occur; responsible in paying their tuition in a timely manner; and responsible in making an appropriate pledge annually and fulfilling it. Saint Ignatius reserves the right not to accept or reregister students at any grade level whose parents have not met the responsibilities above.

Applicants may be offered admission for available places at the freshmen, sophomore, and junior grade levels. Transfer students are admitted at the beginning of the school year.

Important Dates

  1. Eighth grade students can spend a day at Saint Ignatius as a "shadow" to one of our freshman students from September 10 to December 13.
  2. The OPEN HOUSE will be held on Sunday, December 7, 2014 12:00 noon until 3:00 p.m. All are welcome.
  3. Eighth grade students who want to attend Saint Ignatius College Prep must take the ENTRANCE EXAM at Saint Ignatius on Saturday, January 10, 2015. The test begins at 8:00 a.m. and will conclude by noon. There is no registration for the entrance exam. Students should bring #2 pencils and a $25 test fee. Saint Ignatius offers the STS High School Placement Test (HSPT).  Calculators are NOT allowed.  Students may only take the exam at one Catholic school.

Admissions Timeline

December of 6th, 7th and 8th Grade Years: Attend the Saint Ignatius Open House

January of 8th Grade Year: Take Entrance Exam at Saint Ignatius College Prep

Late Winter/ Early Spring: Entrance Exam Results, Enrollment and Tuition Assistance Period

March of 8th Grade Year: Admitted Student Reception

March of 8th Grade Year: Freshman Family Meetings

Summer Before 9th Grade: Freshmen may take Summer School classes and/or Study Skills Workshop at Saint Ignatius

Late August: Freshman Orientation Day/ Classes begin

Campus Visit Program - "Ignatian for a Day"

In order to make an informed decision on where to attend high school, we encourage interested eighth grade students to spend a day on the Saint Ignatius campus as an "Ignatian for a Day". Each eighth grade student will accompany a current freshman and will attend class, meet teachers and students, have lunch in the cafeteria and experience a typical day of a Saint Ignatius student.

"Ignatian for a Day" or campus visits may only be made by students in the eighth grade. Campus Visit Days can be scheduled any regular school day between September 10, 2014 and December 13, 2014.

Registration, when open, is accessible online under "Campus Visit Program" link on the left menu.

Transfer Information

Admission to Saint Ignatius in any status other than a first-time incoming freshman is handled on a case-by-case basis. Saint Ignatius reviews the number of openings after June 2nd. The following documents must be in by June 2, 2014:

  1. One-page transfer application - Please include the last day of school for your current school.
  2. Unofficial transcripts - Have school send official transcripts after school year is complete.
  3. Three letters of recommendation from current school - One from principal or assistant principal, - Two from current teachers
  4. Copies of most recent standardized test (STS, PSAT, SAT, ACT, etc.)
  5. A letter from school official indicating attendance/tardy and discipline records
  6. A letter from the school treasurer indicating good financial standing.

All of the above must be in by June 2, 2014 in order for an applicant to be considered for transfer. After this information is received, the application will be reviewed and the family will be contacted by phone or by mail. Acceptance is contingent upon space and the successful completion of the current school year. Notification letters to potential transfers will be sent out after June 30.

Transfer Application

Transfer Policy

Tuition Assistance Program

Tuition Assistance is available to students with demonstrated financial need. We are fortunate to be able to offer tuition assistance to families whose children would otherwise be unable to attend Saint Ignatius. Each year we offer close to $3 million in tuition assistance. Accepted students will receive tuition assistance applications in their enrollment packet. Every family, regardless of family income, is invited to apply. CLICK HERE for a PowerPoint presentation with details about Tuition Assistance.

Tuition and Fees

For updated tuition and fees, please visit the Treasurer's Office page .