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Admissions Policy

Admissions Policy and Acceptance Criteria:

Cardinal Newman is a Catholic, co-educational, college preparatory high school committed to educating the whole person–mind, body, and soul. We seek students who demonstrate the potential to succeed academically and to participate in a faith-based Catholic education–including Catholic liturgy, prayer in class, and reading of Sacred Scripture.

Students who complete the application process must complete eighth grade successfully with a minimum GPA of 2.0, along with a good citizenship record.  In all cases, Cardinal Newman retains the right to determine, in its sole discretion, whether or not to select a student for admission or re-enrollment.

Acceptances are based on the following criteria:

  • Completed application. Applications should be completed on or before the due date of Monday, December 16, 2019.

  • Sixth, seventh and eighth-grade transcripts. In addition to earning a 2.0 GPA, transcripts should demonstrate the student has achieved and is working toward success and/or improvement. Grade history and teacher comments should align with the type of student Cardinal Newman seeks. Students should contribute in their classes with a positive attitude, in addition to demonstrating good effort, motivation, and school behavior. Grade histories must be received by January 15, 2020.

  • Academic evaluations and personal recommendations. Both academic evaluations and personal recommendations are useful in understanding more about each prospective student. As part of the application process, applicants will be asked to submit recommendations and/or evaluation forms. Students must read and follow the directions on the forms. Pastor recommendations are especially helpful for determining suitability for entrance to Cardinal Newman. Recommendations and evaluations must be received by January 15, 2020.

  • Standardized test history.  As part of the School Evaluation form there is a request for the student’s current school to provide a two to three year history of the applicant’s standardized test results. This form needs to be signed by the parent giving permission for the school to release records. Along with achieving grades, students should be near or above grade-level on standardized tests. Below grade-level history in this area may require the applicant to undergo additional screening to determine if the student can be successful at Cardinal Newman.  Standardized test history must be received by January 15, 2020.

  • High School Placement Test (HSPT).  All applicants must take the High School Placement Test (HSPT) at Cardinal Newman, or make arrangements for alternative test results to be forwarded to the Admissions Office. Performance on the HSPT is an important part of the evaluation process. Results are used, along with past standardized test results and academic history, to determine if Cardinal Newman is the right academic fit for the student, or if any additional screening for support is needed.  When an applicant registers for the HSPT at Cardinal Newman, the family is demonstrating Cardinal Newman as a top choice high school for the student.

  • Student Family Interview.  All students must be interviewed with a parent or guardian present. Interviews should be a relaxed experience where we have a chance to get to know one another and exchange information for the benefit of the student.

  • Admissions Committee Review Process. Each application goes through a review process by the Admissions Committee. The review process includes, previous school records, recommendations and evaluations, HSPT results and the student/family interview. The Admissions Committee is made up of Administrators, Counselors, and Faculty.

Cardinal Newman High School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to the students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.