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Admissions Criteria

Bishop Ireton High School uses three criteria when evaluating prospective students. The prospective student should meet the following criteria before being accepted:
  • A grade of "C" or better in all of their 8th grade coursework (1 semester or trimester of grades required) 
  • A score around the 50th national percentile or better in the High School Placement Test
  • Satisfactory discipline record
Each student is evaluated by our Admissions Committee. Improvement from the first quarter to the second quarter is considered as part of the committee’s evaluation. In a competitive environment, meeting the minimum criteria may not be enough to gain admission to Bishop Ireton. Additional factors such as religion, previous school, prior family member's attendance, and recommendations may play a part in determining admission.

Application Procedure

Before our Admissions Committee will consider a student for admission, the student must have a complete application file. An applicant’s file is complete when we have a completed "Application for Admission" form, a $50.00 application fee, the student’s transcripts, which should include their most recent grades (minimum of two quarters from the current year), and his/her standardized test scores. Prospective 9th graders must take the "High School Placement Test" in either December or January of their 8th grade year. The results of this test must also be included in the student’s application file for it to be considered complete.

Incoming Freshmen should complete their application by the January deadline. Freshmen who apply after this date and students who apply to transfer into the 10th, 11th, and 12th grades are considered in the spring and summer on a space available basis. All applications are weighed on the academic strengths of the student (grades and standardized test scores) and the student’s conduct and effort marks.

Please contact the admissions office with your questions and concerns about Bishop Ireton. We welcome visitors and would be happy to arrange for you to have a tour of our school.


To Do Checklist

  • Attend our Open House in the Fall of your 8th Grade year
  • Obtain an "Admissions Packet" and review materials thoroughly. Pay Close attention to the deadlines!
  • Schedule and take the High School Admissions Placement Test. Students not enrolled in a Catholic grade school in the Arlington Diocese must take the test at the high school. To sign up for one of the two test dates, fill out the "Diocesan High School Placement Test Registration Form" and mail it with the test fee to the appropriate test location.
  •  Ask current school to forward your complete transcript (through the 2nd quarter of the current year) to us. If you are enrolled outside of the Arlington Diocesan elementary school system, your parents must fill out their part of the "Parent Release of Information Form" and give it to the teacher or guidance counselor of your current school. That school must complete the form and forward it and your transcripts to Bishop Ireton (NOTE: We expect transcripts to arrive in late January after applications are due.)
  • Mail the "Application for Admission" form with the $50.00 application fee to Bishop Ireton.
  • Apply for Academic Scholarships, if appropriate, using the "Scholarship Application."
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