Application Process

Makeup Entrance Exam

Eighth grade students who have not yet tested at a Catholic high school are invited to take the entrance exam at Saint Ignatius on Wednesday, December 11, 2019. Testing begins at 8:00 a.m. Students may only take an entrance exam at one Catholic high school and must test at Saint Ignatius to be considered in our admission process.

Students are to arrive by 7:45 am on December 11, 2019, and enter campus via the main school doors at 1076 W. Roosevelt. Students are to bring no. 2 pencils and a $25 test fee. The test fee can be cash or check - if check, made payable to Saint Ignatius College Prep. Students are also welcome to bring water and a snack.

The HSPT is followed by a brief writing prompt. Dismissal is at approximately 12:00 pm.
Register to take the makeup entrance exam here.

Online Application

The Saint Ignatius application and admissions checklist is intended only for students who took the entrance exam at Saint Ignatius. Before accessing this application for this first time, account credentials must be created. 

Following the exam, students and parents of students who tested at Saint Ignatius were sent an email including their account username and setup instructions.
The application and required checklist items are due December 18, 2019.

List of 2 items.

  • The Saint Ignatius online application includes ...

    1. General student and parent information

    2. Responses to student and parent statement prompts

    3. The submission of scanned report cards and standardized test scores

    • Applicants are to submit two report cards within the application. A final 7th grade and first semester 8th grade report card is preferable. If a report card from 8th grade is not yet available, a final 6th grade report card can be submitted.
    • Students are able to submit standardized test results from 7th and 8th grade. If the student took a standardized test in only 7th OR 8th grade, he/she should submit whatever test scores are available.

    4. Two electronic recommendations:

    • One Academic Recommendation from a current teacher, counselor, or your principal/assistant principal (Mandatory)
    • One Character Reference from another recommender of your choice (Optional)
  • A student can prepare to complete the online application by ...

    • Scanning all report cards and previous standardized test scores and saving electronically as individual PDFs.
    • Considering who you wish to submit recommendations on your behalf. The Academic Recommendation and Character Reference are electronic recommendation forms emailed via the online application. In order to request a recommendation, you will simply need the email address of your desired recommender. Your academic recommender and character reference will receive an emailed link, directing them to an online recommendation form. Selected recommenders DO NOT need to prepare a letter of recommendation. Upon completion, the recommendation form will be submitted directly to the Saint Ignatius Admissions Office. Each applicant is allowed one Academic Recommendation and one Character Reference.

Admissions Criteria

Any student seeking admission to Saint Ignatius College Prep must take the entrance exam at Saint Ignatius. The entrance exam score is important because our applicant pool is always a very large, diverse group of students from all over the Chicagoland area. Following the entrance exam, students will submit an online application. The application is used to submit previous report cards, standardized test scores, student and parent statements, and recommendations. The entrance exam score and online application contents are collectively reviewed for every applicant. Other considerations in the admission process include but are not limited to: Catholic heritage/school, family legacy/tradition with the school (sibling/parent), and adherence to policies of the school. Saint Ignatius strives to promote a 50/50 male/female population. Saint Ignatius admits students without regard to race, color, and/or country of national origin.

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