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Class of 2026 Admissions Timeline

  • August 2, 2021 | Admissions application opens
  • October 12, 2021 | Financial aid application opens (optional)
  • November 5, 2021 | Deadline to submit admissions application 
  • November 5, 2021 | Deadline to submit financial aid application (optional)
  • November 5 or 6, 2021 | Entrance exam at DSHA
  • First week of January 2022 | 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 5, or Saturday, November 6.

    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.

    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 5. Teacher recommendations are due by November 12.

    If you have any questions, contact the DSHA 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 (HSPT). 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?

    All your daughter needs to bring is a pencil—that’s it! 

    There will be a brief break in between testing. Your daughter is welcome to bring snacks with her if she would like.
  • 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.

    A few Catholic schools in the area use the HSPT as their entrance exam; Dominican High School, St. Joan Antida High School, and Pius XI High School DO NOT use the HSPT. 

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

    If applicants took the HSPT 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 school experience due to COVID-19.
  • Due to stay at home order in spring 2020, and the variability of student learning in the 2020-21 school year, the committee understands report cards might look different, and that standardized tests for spring 2020 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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