application process

Thank you for considering Bishop Ireton High School. We are grateful for the amount of interest and enthusiasm we receive from parents and students. 

Before our Admissions Committee will consider a student for admission, the student must have a completed application file. An applicant’s file is complete when we have:
  • A completed “Application for Admission” form accompanied by the $50.00 fee.
  • Your student’s transcripts which should include their most recent grades (minimum of two quarters or 1 trimester from the current year).
  • A general school recommendation (for non-Diocesan schools, see forms tab for "Release of Student Records").
  • Standardized test scores. Prospective 9th graders must take the High School Placement Test in either December or January of their 8th grade year. For transfer students (prospective 10th, 11th or 12th graders) and freshmen applicants from out of town the Committee will use the results from the student’s most recent standardized test. 
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 from April through August 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 any questions about Bishop Ireton. We welcome visitors and would be happy to arrange a tour of our school or a “shadow” visit.

List of 2 frequently asked questions.

  • Q. What is the Freshmen 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."

     
  • Q. What is the Transfer Student 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), his/her standardized test scores, and a completed school recommendation form. For transfer students (10th, 11th or 12th graders) the Committee will use the results from the student’s most recent standardized test. 

    Students who apply to transfer into the 10th, 11th and 12th grades are considered from April through August 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 discipline record. 

    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 (for transfers)
    • Attend our Open House in the Fall or schedule an individual visit.
    • Obtain an "Admissions Packet" and review materials thoroughly. Pay Close attention to the deadlines!
    • Ask your current school to forward your complete transcript (through the 2nd quarter or 1st trimester of the current year) to us. Your parents must fill out their part of the "Parent Release of Information Form" and give it to the registrar or guidance counselor of your current school. That school must complete the form and forward it and your transcripts to Bishop Ireton
    • Mail the "Application for Admission" form with the $50.00 application fee to Bishop Ireton.
     

frequently asked questions

List of 3 frequently asked questions.

  • Q. What information does Bishop Ireton need from my child’s current school?

    In order to make decisions on each applicant, the Admissions Committee needs to see each student’s transcripts of grades and standardized test scores through the second quarter (or first trimester) of the current school year. For Diocesan Catholic elementary school students, the school should send the transcript automatically to each student’s "first choice" school. For all other students, it is the parent’s responsibility to make sure the school sends us a copy of the transcript. Schools should wait until the end of the second quarter before sending transcripts. There is no need to send the first quarter then the second quarter.  For 9th grade applicants, we expect that transcripts will arrive shortly after the application deadline in January.
  • Q. Our family is not Catholic, will that effect my child’s chances of admissions?

    Only in cases when we are faced with too many qualified applicants. If that happens, the Admissions Policy, which is set by our Board of Governors, requires that we utilize a rating system to rank each qualified applicant. There is a preference built in to this system for students who are Catholic as well as students attending Catholic schools. There is also a preference for strong academic students, siblings, legacies, and applicants with a special talent or achievement.
  • Q. My child received a "D" in Algebra his first quarter. Will this hurt his chances of being accepted to Bishop Ireton?

    Since algebra is not considered a normal 8th grade class, we do not count a poor grade in this subject against applicants. The student could simply retake the course during their first year of enrollment at Bishop Ireton.

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