Thursday, October 3, 2013

How do we evaluate applicants?

1. Grades

The admission committee at St. Joe's Prep wants to know what type of student you are, and your day-to-day grades give committee members an idea of your work ethic and ability. We look at your 6th, 7th, and most recent 8th grade marks - and we're looking for consistency. If you earn mostly A's throughout your time in grade school, you're in good shape.

2. Recommendation(s)

We ask that one (1) teacher - preferably math or English - submit a recommendation that speaks to your ability as a student, your behavior, your character, your capacity to deal with adversity, and your leadership traits. Additional recommendations - from coaches, pastors, family friends - are welcome, but not necessary.

3. Test

The final step in the application process is our entrance exam. This 3-hour standardized test assesses the following skills:
  • reading
  • verbal
  • quantitative reasoning
  • math
  • language
We also ask you to write a thoughtful and concise essay once the objective portion of the test concludes.

Full picture

These three (3) required items - in addition to a brief interview when you visit for a day - allow committee members to get a full picture of each applicant. Each piece of the application puzzle affects our decision as we seek well-rounded, compassionate, and courageous boys who desire to become men for others.

This blog post was written by Mr. Ed Turner '00, Director of Admission

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