The high school decision process is unique for each family. We encourage all families to visit us during our Open House when the high school conversation starts in your home – we find this usually begins in 6th or 7th grade. DSHA offers various summer camps for girls in grades 1-8, Girls Night In events for girls in grades 4-7, and shadowing experiences for girls in grades 7 and 8 during the school year. These opportunities, and more, are all great ways to meet current students and experience our community. Click here for a complete list of opportunities to visit and discover DSHA
During a Visit Day, 7th and 8th graders shadow current students to experience a typical day at DSHA. They follow their hostess to each of her classes to see our teachers and students in action. Hostesses can be requested by you, or we will do our best to pair your daughter with a hostess based on her individual interests. Your daughter should walk away from her shadow experience with an idea of what it’s like to be a Dasher.
We encourage students to shadow as many times as they deem necessary. Some middle school students may get everything they need out of their first Visit Day, while others may need a second shadow experience to make their final decision. We leave it up to your family to decide how many times is necessary for your daughter to make her final decision.
A good night’s rest, breakfast and prompt arrival are our best tips on how to prepare for the entrance exam. Pre-registration is required for the Saturday test. The entrance exam covers cognitive abilities as well as basic skills. The test includes verbal, non-verbal/quantitative, reading, language and math sections. The test is the Scholastic Testing Service's High School Placement Test.
Most of the Catholic schools in the area use the same standardized test as their entrance exam. At this time, Dominican High School and St. Joan Antida High School use tests which are not accepted as part of DSHA’s admission process. Your daughter will need to take multiple tests if she applies to either of these schools. Please contact the Admissions Office if you have any questions about the validity of your test.
Yes, DSHA is willing to consider transfer applications into the sophomore and junior classes. Transfer applicants should contact the admissions office and fill out an application in the spring. Because enrollment is full on a yearly basis, DSHA is not able to consider mid-year transfers. Click here to read the DSHA transfer policy
Our admissions committee reviews the following: DSHA application, entrance exam, 7th and 8th grade report cards, previous standardized testing, and a student achievement form that is completed by the applicant’s current teachers. Letters of recommendation are not necessary and do not provide an advantage in the admissions process.
Annually, DSHA maintains a wait list for the incoming class. Our wait list is not ranked, so as spots become available in the incoming class, all applicants remaining on the wait list are reconsidered to determine who will be the best fit for the class at that time.
DSHA is committed to providing outstanding college-preparatory Catholic educational opportunities to qualified students regardless of a family's financial circumstances. One-third of families qualify for some need-based assistance, with the average award being $7,500.
The amount of aid is determined upon careful evaluation of a family’s financial situation. Numerous factors, including income, number of children, amount of tuition paid at other schools, among other life expenses and circumstances, are taken into consideration. This information is provided by completing a Financial Aid Application through FAIR. Click here for detailed information on DSHA tuition support
The work study program is only for students who receive need-based financial assistance. These students are required to work for one semester for about 1.5 hours per week. Job assignments may include working in the cafeteria, assisting with school-wide mailings, or helping teachers with administrative tasks.
Yes, there are limited service, leadership, and academic scholarships available for incoming freshman students. These are small, one-time awards to recognize the middle school achievements of our incoming students. An application will be provided at incoming freshman orientation.
Three days a week (usually M-W), students attend all eight of their classes for 41 minutes each. The other two days (usually Th-F), students attend half of their classes each day for 80 minutes each. The 8:4 schedule lets students experience the class length they will encounter in college and allows teachers to use class time in creative ways that best fit the needs of young women. Learn more about the DSHA 8:4 schedule
There is limited bus transportation to DSHA available. Buses are available through the Elmbrook, Sussex-Hamilton, and Menomonee Falls school districts. There is also a bus from the south side of Milwaukee. Many families find that carpools are a convenient option for getting their daughters to school. Click here to learn more
DSHA has a BYOD policy – bring your own device. Students learn in many different ways; therefore, we do not mandate a specific type of technology. Students also have access to desktop and laptop computers in the library.