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FAQ's

How do I apply for Ninth Grade admission to Bishop Amat?
 
There are three steps in the admissions process.
  • Submit a completed online Application.  
  • Pay the $75.00 application/test fee by the due date. 
  • Take the HSPT (High School Placement Test) on January 22, 2022.  
Student's are automatically registered for the HSPT upon completion of the application process.
 
When and where can I pick up an application and additional admissions information? 
 
Application's are available online.  For assistance with completing the online application, please call the front office at (626) 962-2495 x7435.
 
When is my file complete?
 
Your admission file is complete when all application forms, fees, transcripts and standardized test scores from the 7th and 8th grades, recommendations and entrance exam results are on file in the Admissions Office.  A confirmation email will be sent upon completion of application forms.
 
What are you looking for in an applicant?
 
The Admissions Committee is looking at a variety of personality, achievement, and aptitude factors to evaluate a student’s demonstrated ability to succeed in a competitive college preparatory environment. Students who are applying must have a minimum grade point average of 2.0 or better. In general, a student should display consistently strong academic achievement, positive relationships with peers and teachers, and a commitment to active participation in religious and extracurricular activities at school and in the community.
 
What criteria are used to choose a Bishop Amat Freshman?
 
There are four criteria for admission (not necessarily in order of importance):
  • Grades and standardized test scores from the 7th and 8th grades
  • Recommendation from elementary or middle school teacher/counselor
  • Parish Recommendation (if applicable)
  • Entrance Exam scores
  • Family relationship with the school is also given consideration.
 
Can I have test results sent to another school?
 
Test results will be forwarded to another school upon written request of the parent. We recommend students take the entrance test at their school of first choice. Students who take the test at Bishop Amat are given priority over students who have tested somewhere else.
 
Can I obtain information from my application file?
 
If you are accepted, you will have access to your entrance exam scores and middle school transcripts. They become part of your official academic file at Bishop Amat. You do not have access to any other application information (recommendations, comments, etc.) This information is considered confidential.
 
How many students apply? How many are accepted?
 
Approximately 80% of the students who apply for admission are accepted.
 
Can we visit the campus?
 
Applicants and their parents are encouraged to attend one of the Bishop Amat Open House or Information Sessions.  Student can register for a Shadow/Visit Day by completing the Inquiry link.  A confirmation email will be sent to confirm the date selected.  Personal tours can also be scheduled through the Inquiry link.
 
When are acceptance letters mailed?
 
Test results and letters of admission status will be emailed and mailed on Friday, March 4, 2022 for students who test in January or February.
 
When do freshmen register?
 
Freshmen registration will take place on Saturday, March 19, 2022.
 
If accepted, are placement exams given?
 
A math placement exam is given to students who may qualify to take Geometry or Algebra II. Information regarding the dates and qualifications for taking this exam will be given on Registration Day.
 
Are students admitted conditionally?
 
Some students may be given a conditional acceptance and may be required to attend Summer School at Bishop Amat. Some students may also be given a conditional acceptance pending his/her performance during the 4th (or last) quarter at his/her present school. It is possible that acceptance may be revoked based on Summer School or 4th quarter performance, even if the student is not given a conditional acceptance.
 
Is there a wait-list for students who are not accepted?
 
When the current Freshman class has been selected, the Admissions Committee will prepare a list of students who are qualified, but who have not been accepted during the first-round. The Admissions Office will contact students as additional space becomes available.
 
Are non-Catholics at a disadvantage when applying?
 
First and foremost, Bishop Amat is a Catholic school. Bishop Amat owes much of its success to the generous support of the Catholic Community over the past 50 years. Catholic applicants are generally, but not always, given preference over non-Catholic applicants. Being Catholic is not a requirement for admission. Presently, the student body is 88% Catholic.
 
How much is tuition and registration?
 
Tuition for 2021-2022 is $9,025 and the registration fee is $800.
 
What does the registration fee cover?
 
This fee offsets the costs associated with the registration of students and various student services offered throughout the school year. (Student activities, Athletics, Yearbook, Lancer Life, Campus Ministry, Planner and Raffle)