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Class of 2025 Entrance Exam - December 5, 2020
Application for Admission Due - December 16, 2020 
Admissions Decision Notification - by February 1, 2021
Tuition Assistance Deadline - February 8, 2021
Tuition Assistance Notification - March 2, 2021
Enrollment Deadline - March 9, 2021
Freshman Family Meetings - March 16 and March 23, 2021
Class of 2025 Placement Exams - March 27, 2021

Please note, dates are subject to change pending COVID-related circumstances as the academic year moves forward.

Entrance Exam

Application to Saint Ignatius College Prep begins with the entrance exam, held on the first Saturday of December each year. Per the Archdiocese of Chicago Office of Catholic Schools, Catholic high schools plan to administer the entrance exam on Saturday, December, 5, 2020, while monitoring health conditions over the course of the fall semester. 

Eighth grade students may only take an entrance exam at one Catholic high school and must test with Saint Ignatius to be considered in our admission process. 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. There is no application required in advance of the entrance exam. 

Registration for the entrance exam opens on Friday, November 20, 2020, and closes at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, December 4, 2020. Any adjustment to plans for the administration of the entrance exam will be posted should conditions change in the months ahead.

Testing Accommodations

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, must be sent to Mrs. Shana Del Toro-McCann, Learning Specialist at by Friday, November 20, 2020.

Application for Incoming Freshmen

The second step in applying to Saint Ignatius College Prep is the completion of an application, accessible online to all students who took the entrance exam with Saint Ignatius beginning the date of the entrance exam. Application account credentials are issued to students following the entrance exam. The application, including all required checklist items, is due December 16, 2020.

List of 3 items.

  • The Saint Ignatius College Prep Application for Admission includes:

    1. General student and parent information
    2. Responses to student and parent statement prompts
    3. The submission of scanned/uploaded report cards and standardized test scores
    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)
  • Statement on the 2020-2021 Admissions Cycle:

    We understand that school closures in the light of COVID-19 have brought major adjustments to the delivery of instruction and implementation of assessments. Please be assured an understanding of these modifications and circumstances will inform this year’s admissions process at Saint Ignatius College Prep. 

    Traditionally, our application includes the submission of a final 7th grade and first term 8th grade report card, as well as a record of standardized testing from 7th and/or 8th grade. 

    For those applying to the Class of 2025, students will be asked to submit a final 6th grade report card, a final 7th grade report card, and a first term 8th grade report card. Applicants will not be penalized for “passed” (or similar) markings in lieu of letter/numerical grades from this Spring 2020 term. The same applies should adjusted learning and assessments continue into Fall 2020. Standardized test results submitted can also range from 6th-8th grade. The Saint Ignatius Admissions Office will gladly address additional circumstances and questions on a case-by-case basis.

    Saint Ignatius College Prep maintains a holistic admissions review process within which a range of application components are reviewed collectively and comprehensively. Application for admission will continue to include student/parent applicant statements and recommendations, and a review of HSPT entrance exam scores, in addition to the materials described above.
  • A student can prepare to complete the Saint Ignatius College Prep Application for Admission:

    • 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.

Transfer Application

Saint Ignatius College Prep considers applicants for transfer to the 10th and 11th grades. Application is due June 1, 2021, with admissions decisions communicated within the month of June. Saint Ignatius does not consider midyear transfers.

Requests to apply for transfer received beyond the above deadline will be considered on a case by case basis per space available. Please contact for further assistance.

Admissions Criteria

Any student seeking admission to Saint Ignatius College Prep must take the entrance exam with 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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