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Still interested in applying?

If you have not yet submitted an application and are interested in applying, please contact Ann Duffy, DSHA '10, Director of Admissions & Financial Aid.

Class of 2025 Admissions Timeline

  • August 3, 2020 | Admissions application opens
  • October 6, 2020 | Financial aid application opens (optional)
  • November 6, 2020 | Deadline to submit admissions application 
  • November 6, 2020 | Deadline to submit financial aid application (optional)
  • November 6 or 7, 2020 | Entrance exam at DSHA
  • First week of January 2021 | Admissions decisions mailed

How to apply? Follow these steps

List of 6 items.

  • 1. Parents: Create a myDSHA account

    You will create a user ID and password by clicking on the "New User Registration" button when prompted. All user IDs should be created by the parent.

    Click here to create your account.

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  • 2. Parents: Complete parent application

    Use the admissions checklist in the parent myDSHA account to access the application.

    When submitting the application, parents will be asked to submit an application fee using a credit card.

    Application fee waiver codes are available upon request.
  • 3. Students: Submit your essay

    Use the admissions checklist in the parent myDSHA account to access the essay question and form.

    We recommend students write the essay in a separate Word document, save it, and copy and paste the essay into the form.
  • 4. Parents + Students: Register for the entrance exam

    Use the admissions checklist in the parent myDSHA account to register for the DSHA Entrance Exam.

    As part of the admissions application, your daughter must take the HSPT entrance exam. DSHA will administer this on Friday, November 6, or Saturday, November 7.

    If your daughter plans to take the HSPT at another high school, she does NOT need to take it at DSHA. Using the registration form, please let us know where she will take the exam so DSHA can request her scores.

    DSHA will use an online version of the HSPT.
    • It will be administered on Friday, November 6 or Saturday, November 7.
    • Your daughter will take the test at home online on only one of those days.
    • Testing will take place between 8 a.m. and noon.
      • Test instructions will be given over Zoom starting at 8 a.m.
    • An adult should be present and available when your daughter is taking the test. Parents do not need to be in the same room/testing area as your daughter.
    • If your daughter does not have access to a computer and internet, please let us know.
    • DSHA will send test login information and the Zoom link to test registrants on Monday, November 2. 

    Registration Deadlines
    • There will be NO day-of registration due to test setup requirements.
    • If your daughter plans to take the test Friday, November 6, she must be registered by Wednesday, November 4 at 5 p.m.
    • If your daughter plans to take the test Saturday, November 7, she must be registered by Friday, November 6 at noon.

    For more information about the entrance exam, check out our FAQ section below.
     
  • 5. Parents + Students: Request teacher recommendation forms

    Use the admissions checklist in the parent myDSHA account to request the forms.
  • 6. Parents + Students: Check your work!

    In the parent myDSHA account, make sure all checklist items have been completed by November 6. Teacher recommendations are due by November 13.

    If you have any questions, contact the Admissions Office.

FAQs

List of 5 items.

Entrance Exam

List of 4 frequently asked questions.

  • Q. What's on the entrance exam?

    DSHA uses the Scholastic Testing Service's High School Placement Test. There are five components on the test: verbal, math, quantitative, reading, and language. Topics covered include vocabulary, grammar usage, spelling, reading comprehension, basic math and arithmetic skills, and quantitative skills.

    No calculator.

    Each test is timed, so make sure you work quickly and efficiently on each question. There is no penalty for skipping a question or answering a question incorrectly.

    The test is all multiple choice. There are no essays or short answer questions.
  • Q. What are some entrance exam tips?

    Be sure to get lots of sleep and eat breakfast before you take the test! Be confident in the academic preparation you have received thus far in elementary and middle school.

    It's an exam to show us what you know, so do not worry! You are prepared!
  • Q. What do I need for the entrance exam?

    This year, you will take the test at home! Prepare your testing environment in advance so you're ready to go on Friday, Nov. 6 or Saturday, Nov. 7. 

    RECOMMENDATIONS
    • Testing should take place at a table or a desk that is free from distractions and disruptions (no cell phone, tablet, TV, other computers)
    • Ensure you have a high speed, stable internet connection--if you do not have access to a computer or internet, please let DSHA know.
    • Make sure your web browser’s pop-up blocker is turned off or disabled.
    • Fully charge and plug in your computer or testing device.
    • Gather testing supplies--a pencil and blank sheet of scratch paper are the only additional items allowed during testing.
    • Calculators are NOT permitted.
  • Q. Does my daughter need to take the entrance exam at multiple schools?

    DSHA applicants can take the test at DSHA, or at another Catholic high school that uses the HSPT.

    Most of the Catholic schools in the area use the HSPT as their entrance exam. At this time, Dominican High School and St. Joan Antida High School use tests that are not accepted as part of DSHA’s admission process.

    If applicants took the HSPT at another high school, they should NOT take the exam again at DSHA.

    If applicants took the exam elsewhere, they should let DSHA know where they took it so DSHA can request test results.

How will COVID-19 affect the admissions process this fall?

  • The DSHA Admissions Committee understands the variability of spring 2020 school experiences due to our statewide COVID-19 shelter at home order.
  • Due to the order and subsequent learning at home, the committee understands 7th grade spring report cards might look different, and that standardized tests for the spring are likely unavailable. 
  • Do not worry! This will not adversely affect applicants in the admissions process. 
  • We will work directly with applicants' middle schools to request the appropriate transcripts and standardized test results.

The admissions committee looks at each applicant holistically; her application is not defined by grades or test scores.

Questions?

If you have questions about the admissions process, please contact
a member of our admissions team.

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