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    • The dates are as follows:

      • Thursday, September 24

      • Tuesday, September 29

      • Monday, October 5

      • Wednesday, October 14


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HIGH SCHOOL NIGHTS - September/October 2020

  • Four VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL NIGHTS will replace the traditional eight regional on-site programs we cancelled at the end of July due to the pandemic situation.

  • The dates are as follows:

    • Thursday, September 24

    • Tuesday, September 29

    • Monday, October 5

    • Wednesday, October 14

  • Each evening will allow prospective families an opportunity to view one or two presentations of their choice from 7:00 – 7:40 and 7:50 – 8:30. Families will receive through their elementary schools a master list of dates and high schools, along with instructions about contacting the high schools about attending a presentation. Each high school will have information on the website homepage regarding the instructions for using their social media platform, for registering if applicable, and for ultimately viewing a presentation. The schedule with instructions will also be posted to the Archdiocesan website (https://www.archstl.org/highschool) and disseminated through other social media channels and parish bulletins.

  • Elementary school principals will receive the flyer to forward to their families by September 10 regarding the Virtual High School Nights.

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  • Monday, October 12 through Monday, November 16.

  • Initiating the application process requires that an Application Intent Form is completed online. Please note that many individual high schools have a separate application that they require students to complete once they have completed the Application Intent Form.

  • The online process will available for completion between Monday, October 12 and Monday, November 16, 2020.

  • To apply students should go to https://www.archstl.org/highschool: click the button “High School Application”.

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  • Sunday, November 1 and 8, 2020 and additional options

  • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, high schools may be approaching the delivery of on-campus programs differently this fall. Open House information can be found of the websites of each school as well as on the Archdiocesan webpage

  • CLICK HERE to be taken to specific high school dates & times.

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  • After the November 16 date,

  • All online student information which has been received will be forwarded to the elementary schools for processing records to be sent to the first choice high schools selected by eighth grade students and their families.

  • The students who are not attending a Catholic elementary or middle school should also complete the online process. After November 16, high schools will receive information about those students and will then contact the families regarding records requests and additional information.

  • Elementary schools should have their student application intent lists by November 20, 2020.

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  • Friday, December 4, 2020 or Earlier

  • Elementary school principals send their eighth graders’ records - to the first high school chosen by each student. Records should include:

    • standardized ability and achievement test scores

    • final academic grades for 6th/7th and 8th grade first quarter

    • attendance records

    • discipline records

    • documents pertaining to evaluations for and diagnoses of disabilities or other special needs (academic, social, emotional, behavioral, physical) as well as documentation pertaining to accommodations and modifications recommended/received.

  • Checklists, forms or letters of recommendation are not to be written/completed by elementary principals or teachers at any point in the process.

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  • Friday, January 22, 2021

  • If high schools cannot accept applicants, they then forward those applications to the next school listed as soon as possible, so that the other schools can conduct their admissions procedure within the timeline.

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  • Friday, February 5, 2021

  • Friday by noon: High schools mail letters of acceptance and non-acceptance, postmarked by noon. Whenthey arrive at the students’ homes depends on the post offices serving the high schools and the applicants’homes.

  • Friday after school hours: Acceptance and non-acceptance letters sent to students via e-mail.

  • Friday after school hours: Acceptance and non-acceptance notifications sent to Elementary Principals whoare asked to keep the students’ acceptance status confidential until the students receive word directly from the high schools.

  • ** NOTE: Every high school who reviews an application, no matter the decision, is to send a letter of either acceptance or non-acceptance to every applicant. If a letter is a non-acceptance, it should tell the family where the application was forwarded either to another high school or the Office of Catholic Education and Formation.

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  • June 1, 2021: Unsuccessful Completion of Eighth Grade: Elementary school principals notify high schools of any applicants who did not successfully complete eighth grade.

  • June 8, 2021: Second Semester Report Cards: Elementary school principals send copies of second semester report cards to the Catholic high schools their students will be attending.

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  1. If a student has not attended the same elementary school for all eight years, please be sure the cumulative record is updated before sending the copy so that all records for grades 1-7 are reflected.

  2. All academic records should include educational testing and medical evaluations that specify the need for special education services/building accommodations.

  3. If there are potential applicants whose applications and records are being withheld because of outstanding financial obligations, please enclose a note to the high school to that effect. Doing so will indicate to the high schools that there may be more applicants to consider after their financial obligations are fulfilled.

  4. Keep a record of where each student’s application was sent in order to facilitate future mailings of report cards to the high schools.

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  1. If a student will complete a full year of algebra in eighth grade which would be equivalent to a freshman high school algebra course, please make a note to that effect on the eighth grade report card. Do not include students who may take some algebra topics but not a full year equivalent to a traditional high school course.

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Updates from Specific Schools
CBC Update
St. Louis University High Update


  • Our Inside SLUH Visits for 7th graders in the spring were turned into a narrated Zoom walk about the building along with Student Ambassadors. We continued with Feature Zooms that focused on STEM, Athletics, Fine Arts, etc.  Over the summer, we held three weeks of Inside SLUH Visits on campus, for one family at a time.

  • Now, for 8th graders, visiting high schools will look a bit different this fall as we have suspended Shadow@SLUH indefinitely: 

    • We will continue our Inside SLUH Visits for families, one at a time, on campus throughout the semester with safety and health protocols in place and as city health guidelines allow. These will be held during the week.

    • We have also set up some Virtual Shadow@SLUH opportunities, on weekends, for families who prefer this option. 

  • For all middle school students: 

    • Our traditional Inside SLUH Visit is now virtual! Two dates are available in the fall for ALL middle school students to get a view of our campus on a narrated tour in Zoom. 

    • Plans for the traditional Open House and SLUH Night will be forthcoming as we begin to reopen and will depend on which way the pandemic goes. A virtual option to combine these events is being planned now and I will send out more information as it is available.

  • It is my goal to bring students to campus as soon as it is safely possible. 

  • For those 8th graders who wish to sign up for these events, they may create a SLUH Admissions Account. If they are ready to apply, our online application is open now through their account. 


  • SLUH's focus will be to ensure that the lines of communication are open and that we remain flexible for families to make the right decision for their sons while continuing to evaluate the feasibility of opening campus to visitors. 

  • Our timeline is as follows: 

  • Applicants can choose one of two decision timelines:  

    • St. Louis Archdiocese Decision 

      •          Application Deadline: Friday, December 4, 2020

      •          Decisions Available: Friday, January 29, 2021 

    • SLUH Rolling Decision

      • Apply between February and July of 2021. Decisions based upon availability.


  • SLUH'S criteria for admission will not change. In the absence of test scores from public schools in the spring or Catholic schools in the fall, our required Scholastic HSPT will serve as the data point. As this time, the HSPT dates remain unchanged and will continue to be evaluated against pandemic conditions.

  • Please let me know if you have any questions. I look forward to connecting with many of you throughout this semester.

    • Ann C. Murphy

Director of Admissions

St. Louis University High School

4970 Oakland Avenue

St. Louis, MO  63110-1402