Application Process

Thank you for your interest in St. Joseph’s Prep.

Each year, the Admission Office at the Prep recruits a highly competitive group of young men to enter the 250 spots available in our freshman class.

Every student who takes the Entrance Exam in November will automatically be considered for a merit-based scholarship to the Prep. However, in order to be considered for Financial Aid, families must complete an online Tuition Aid Data Services application (a.k.a. “TADS application”). The deadline to complete a Financial Aid application is also Friday, November 4, 2016. TADS will begin accepting applications for the 2016-2017 year on October 1, 2016.


Our Application Deadline for the Class of 2021 was Friday, November 4, 2016. However, we may still accept a limited number of late applications on a rolling basis. Please note: late applications may not be considered for scholarship or financial aid assistance.

Class of 2021 Application To-Do List:

  1. Online Application for Admission: Due by Fri, Nov. 4th - Click HERE
  2. Online Financial Aid Application (not required): Due by Fri, Nov. 4th - Click HERE
  3. A Teacher Recommendation: Due by Fri, Nov. 18th -- Click HERE for Recommendation Form
  4. A copy of your academic transcript for 6th grade, 7th grade, and most recent report card for 8th grade: Due by Fri, Nov. 18th -- Click HERE for Transcript Form
For all important dates and deadlines, click here.

Criteria for Admission

The Entrance Exam, administered on Saturday, November 12, 2016 and Sunday, November 13, 2016, is the H.S.P.T. (High School Placement Test). Students will also be required to complete an essay at the conclusion of the Entrance Exam. The exam and essay will last three hours. When reviewing candidates, the Admission Committee will consider your entire Admission file. Your Admission file includes, but is not limited to:

  • Your strong desire to receive a Jesuit education rooted in Ignatian spirituality (Click here to read more about the Prep's mission and identity)
  • Your score on the Entrance Exam
  • Your thoughtfulness, ability to reflect, and creativity on your Entrance Exam essay
  • Your transcript/grades
  • Your teacher recommendation
  • Your history of leadership in clubs/activities/athletics/service projects/etc.

All applicants should strive to achieve mostly "A" grades (or comparative numerical scores) in his 6th and 7th grade final report cards and 8th grade first report card, receive an outstanding recommendation from his teacher(s), and receive a satisfactory score on the Entrance Exam.

Decision Letters for the Class of 2021 and Financial Aid will be mailed no later than mid-January 2017. Acceptance decisions and Financial Aid decisions are mailed separately.

High School Transfers

Click here for complete transfer information.


Students who apply to the Prep are reviewed based on the following:

1. Completed online application

2. One recommendation from a Math or English teacher (supplementary recommendations are accepted, but only one is required)

3. Academic transcript for the student's 6th, 7th and 8th grade years

4. Scholarship/Entrance Exam

5. Shadow Visit Day (optional but encouraged; while this is not mandatory, it is helpful for a student to get a feel for the school and begin to discern whether the Prep is for him)


St. Joseph's Preparatory School
Office of Admission

Lorrie McKenna






St. Joseph's Preparatory School
1733 West Girard Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19130
tel: 215.978.1950
fax: 215.765.1710
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