Preparing for High School

The high schools open their application window from October through the end of January. Please contact each high school for details on their process and shadow days.  Every school is different, and the process may change slightly each year.

Preparing for high school
  • The student distributes the recommendations to whomever is indicated. We will give you our “Release of Test Scores” for the school where you are taking the test.
  • Please check to see if you need to sign the recommendation form before submitting it. Our policy is not to complete a recommendation for a student until the parent has signed it.
  • When a recommendation is received at the front office, the student has a routing slip assigned. Each teacher returns the completed recommendation to the office. The transcript is the last piece and is done in January.
  • Please note that we do everything we can to make sure that every student is accepted at the school of their choice. There is a limit on the number of seats at each school, and sometimes a student is placed on a wait list. We recognize that this is a hard place for the student and the parents, but St. John Bosco has no control over the decisions of the high schools. We will help as much as we can.

Two Dates

  • Saturday, TBD
  • Saturday, TBD

Register at the Catholic high school of your choice.

Testing Tips

The test you will take is the HSPT, the High School Placement Test.  Visit the high school websites to see if you need to register for the tests.

The reason for the test is to verify that you have a solid eighth grade education, and if not, they may ask that you take summer school.  A high score on the placement test does not guarantee your admission, neither does a low score guarantee you won?t be accepted for admission to a Catholic high school.

The best preparation for the test includes the following:

    • Be well rested and fed on the day of the test.
    • Arrive 10 minutes before the exam begins (each school is different, check their websites)
    • Bring at least two #2 pencils.
    • Bring a sweater, the rooms are cold at first, and being nervous might make you a little cold.
    • Have the test fee ready

There are a number of study guides available at the library or bookstores if you choose to use them.  The tests are timed.  If you are going to take the practice tests, do at least one of them timed.  You need to know when to skip a question so that you don?t run out of time.  Questions not answered at the end of a section will hurt you more than one or two that you spent extra time on at the beginning.

Here are the time allocations for each section:

Total time
Number of questions
Verbal Skills
16 minutes
30 minutes
Reading Comprehension
25 minutes
45 minutes
25 minutes

In order to have the test show your knowledge, you will want to be familiar with the types of questions that will be on the test.  This is where practice tests and test preparation guides are useful. Read carefully how the questions are structured.

Devise a strategy so that you bubble your answers correctly, especially when you skip a question.  Check often that you are on the right line.

Know how to guess. If you can quickly eliminate one or more of the answers, you increase the odds of making an accurate guess. Wrong answers do not help your score, but you are not penalized extra for guessing.

  • Advanced Placement Testing (approximately 3 hours) for Tempe Union High Schools
  • The Honors/Gifted Testing Season begins in September for the following year.
  • Any student that scores in the 77% percentile and above on the Cognitive Abilities test will qualify for honors courses.  Below is the excerpt from our Honors/Gifted Testing Booklet.
  • A score in the 77th percentile or above in Verbal (English/Social Studies), Quantitative (Mathematics), and or Abstract Reasoning (Science) meets the criteria for honors placement. A student who qualifies is NOT required to take honors classes.
  • A score below the 77th percentile indicates that a student does not qualify for honors placement at this time. However, once a student has demonstrated outstanding performance at the high school, he or she may request to be recommended for future honors placement. All requests will be evaluated at individual sites by the site Registrar.


McClintock High School

1830 E. Del Rio Dr. Tempe, AZ 85282

Please check your High School websites for the most complete information:

Bourgade Catholic High School
4602 North 31st Avenue
Phoenix, Arizona 85017
Tel: (602) 973-4000
Fax: (602) 973-5854

Brophy College Preparatory
4701 North Central Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85012
Tel: (602) 264-5291
Fax: (602) 266-3642

Notre Dame College Preparatory
9701 East Bell Road
Scottsdale, Arizona 85260
Phone: (480) 634-8200
FAX: (480) 634-8299

Saint Mary’s High School
2525 North Third Street
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Tel: (602) 251-2500
Fax: (602) 251-2595

Seton Catholic High School
1150 N Dobson Road
Chandler, Arizona 85224
phone: 480-963-1900
fax: 480-963-1974

Xavier College Preparatory
4710 N. 5th St.
Tel: (602) 277-3772
Fax: (602)-279-1346

Catholic High School Information Nights 2016

Catholic High School Information Nights include representation from all Catholic High Schools in the Valley. The schools listed below are the locations of the events. All high schools will be represented at each information night and all Catholic middle schoolers and their families are invited and encouraged to attend!

Seton College Preparatory

Open Houses: Saturday, November 5, 2016 from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, and Wednesday, November 9, 2016 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Shadow Days: For a complete list of Shadow Days and to register, please click here.

Xavier College Preparatory

Open House: Sunday, October 30, 2016 from 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm.

8th Grade Day: Friday, October 28, 2016. It begins at 9:30 a.m.and ends at 1:00 p.m. Make a reservation for 8th grade day by clicking here.

Brophy College Preparatory

Open House: Sunday, November 6, 2016 from 12:30 pm – 3:00 pm. No registration required.

Bronco for a Day: Click on a date to register here.

St. Mary’s Catholic High School

Open House: Sunday, November 20, 2016

8th Grade Day: Friday, October 21, 2016

More information can be found here.

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