Application Process

Entrance Exam

Application to Saint Ignatius College Prep begins with the entrance exam. Eighth grade students seeking admission to Saint Ignatius must take the entrance exam at Saint Ignatius on Saturday, December 7, 2019. 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. While there is no application required in advance of the entrance exam, pre-registration opens on November 23, 2019. Pre-registration is encouraged, though walk-in registration will be accepted on the day of the exam. Students must bring #2 pencils and a $25 test fee. Saint Ignatius utilizes the STS High School Placement test. The HSPT has five sections: verbal, quantitative, reading, math and language (English). A brief student writing prompt is administered following the entrance exam.

Pre-registration for the entrance exam closes at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, December 6, 2019. Students who wish to register for the Saint Ignatius entrance exam after that time will do so in person on Saturday, December 7, 2019.

Saint Ignatius College Prep can provide testing accommodations on the Entrance Exam should a psycho-educational evaluation, IEP, or 504 plan outlining recommended accommodations be submitted in advance. Documentation, including the completed Request for Accommodations Form, should be sent to Mrs. Shana Del Toro-McCann, Learning Specialist at by Friday, November 22, 2019.

Online Application

Following the entrance exam, students will submit an online application, due Wednesday, December 18, 2019. The online application is accessible to all testers on the school homepage starting Saturday, December 7, 2019. The online application to Saint Ignatius College Prep includes all remaining application requirements. This application and its components are reviewed in conjunction with the entrance exam score.

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  • 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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