ADMISSION FAQs

My son is considering St. Edward.  What does St. Ed’s look for when reviewing applications?

St. Edward is looking for students who demonstrate: (1) a strong work ethic; (2) an enthusiasm for personal growth; and (3) a desire to be a part of the St. Edward community and live its mission.  Grades and teacher recommendation forms weigh most heavily in admission decisions, but all application materials are considered very carefully. 

 

I want my son to have a well-rounded experience in high school.  What can you tell me about the St. Edward educational experience?

St. Edward is a diverse, welcoming, and friendly community.  Our mission is founded on genuine respect and appreciation for the unique potential in each individual.  St. Edward helps to cultivate each student’s interests and talents by offering a wide range of academic and extracurricular opportunities to fulfill the needs of all students who are willing to put forth their best effort.

I heard that St. Ed’s enrollment has been growing.  Is there a maximum capacity?

St. Ed’s enrollment has grown from 828 students in 2010 to an average of more than 940 students over the past six years.  Although a specific cutoff has not been set, the total enrollment is near our capacity.  We wish to accept as many qualified applicants as possible while also maintaining a close-knit community and providing as much individualized attention to our students as possible.

 

I know that St. Edward is a selective school.  What are the chances that my son will be accepted?

The chances of being accepted depend upon the individual applicant.  We review each application on its own merits, and we try to accept every qualified applicant who will be successful at St. Ed’s.  At the same time, we value small class sizes and low student-to-teacher ratios.  With these considerations in mind, St. Edward typically accepts approximately 85%-90% of its applicants each year, although this percentage is subject to change, depending on the applicant pool.

 

My son does not attend a Catholic school.  Does that affect his chances of being accepted?

No.  St. Edward welcomes students from all schools.  74% of the current St. Edward student body is Catholic.

 

What is the role of religious education at St. Edward High School?

St. Edward has four pillars: faith, excellence, relationships, and servant leadership.  Faith is at the forefront of our education, and we welcome students of all faiths.  Every student at St. Edward takes theology each year.  Founded by the Brothers of Holy Cross, St. Edward aspires to live out the charisms of Holy Cross in everything we do.  For more information about the Congregation of Holy Cross, its mission, and its schools, click here.

 

I see that you are located in Lakewood.  What transportation options are available?

Some families travel great distances to attend St. Edward.  Other families make carpooling arrangements or take advantage of public transportation options.  St. Edward families can also utilize Personal Leasing Co. to arrange for transportation to and from various parts of the greater Cleveland area.

 

What is the admission test?

The admission test is a required part of the application process for 8th graders.  The admission test is a standardized, multiple-choice test that yields a national percentile ranking.  The national percentile ranking indicates how well a student performed versus other students in a national sampling.  Scores range from 99 (highest) to 1 (lowest).  A score of 50 is considered average among all testers nationally.  Prospective students take the admission test in the fall of their 8th grade year.

 

What are the results of the admission test used for?

The results of the admission test are used to determine merit-based scholarships, as well as recommendations for freshman course placement (in addition to grades, teacher recommendations, and other information in a student’s file).  While admission test scores are relevant in making admission decisions, St. Edward places greater weight on other application materials, such as grades, teacher recommendation forms, and the application form itself.

 

Is there a specific score that my son needs to attain in order to be considered for admission?

No.  At St. Ed’s, we do not believe that a student’s potential should be reduced to a test score.  Although test scores provide important information, we consider all application materials when determining whether a student will be successful at St. Ed’s.

 

Which admission test does St. Edward administer?

St. Edward administers the High School Placement Test (HSPT).  The test includes five subsections that count toward the national percentile ranking: Verbal Skills, Quantitative Skills, Reading, Mathematics, and Language.  For more information about the test, visit ststesting.com/hspt/. 

 

My son is planning to take an admission test at another high school.  Does he still have to take the admission test at St. Ed’s?

Yes – any student who wishes to apply to St. Edward must take an admission test at St. Edward High School.  Click here for dates and to pre-register.  We will also have parent information sessions during the tests.

 

My son wishes to test with extended time.  How can I request this accommodation?

If your son is eligible to receive extended time testing accommodations due to a current service plan, then you must submit a copy of the documents listing these accommodations to the St. Edward Office of Admission no later than Friday, October 25, 2019. Please note that extended time accommodations will only be offered on Saturday, November 2, 2019.

 

My son is currently in high school, and he is considering transferring.  Does he need to take the admission test?

No.  Students applying for transfer admission from another high school do not need to take the admission test.

 

How does my son apply to St. Edward?  When is the application deadline?  When will we be notified of an admission decision?

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What is the International Baccalaureate Programme?

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What is the tuition?

Tuition for the 2019-20 school year is $16,850, plus a $175 technology fee.  Tuition for the 2020-21 school year will be announced in April 2020.

 

What types of financial assistance opportunities are available?

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Does St. Ed’s offer scholarships?

Yes!  All 8th grade boys who test at St. Edward during the month of October are considered for merit-based scholarships ranging from $500.00 - $6,000.00.  Merit-based scholarships at St. Edward are annually renewable, provided that the student maintains a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.3 and a minimum semester GPA of 3.0.  In addition, St. Ed’s offers music scholarships in the amount of $1,000.00 to 8th graders who successfully audition and apply for the scholarship.  Visit here for more information.

 

Where can I get more information about the Cleveland Scholarship Program voucher, the Jon Peterson Special Needs Scholarship, or the EdChoice Scholarship Program?

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My son is a 9th, 10th, or 11th grader at another high school.  Do you accept transfer applications?

St. Edward considers transfer applications on a case-by-case basis immediately after the school year is over.  Generally, St. Edward does not consider applications for senior transfers unless the student is moving into the area from out of town.  Families who have questions or are interested in transferring should contact the Office of Admission (216-521-2204) in March 2020 to begin the transfer application process.  Transfer applications consist of an application form, two recommendation forms from current teachers, and copies of all high school transcripts.  Transfer applicants do not need to take an admission test as part of the application process.

 

My son would like to visit St. Ed’s to learn more about the school.  What opportunities are available?

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I would like to contact someone at St. Edward with a question. Do you have a list of email addresses?

Yes!  Please click here to access a list of e-mail addresses.  In addition, you may call the Office of Admission at 216-521-2204, and we would be happy to assist you.

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