DISCOVER FOR YOURSELF
Northwest Catholic has a personalized, friendly, and organized admissions process. We guide prospective students and their families through the admissions journey so they can discover for themselves if NWC is the right fit for them. We know NWC is the school where you know you belong, but we also know each student needs to realize this truth for him or herself. Throughout the entire process, we strive to answer every question and allay every concern as we know the decision to attend an independent high school is monumental and lasting.
We have changed our admissions process for the 2021-22 school year. Please be sure to read down below for our new requirements.
Applying for Financial Aid
Financial Aid based on financial need is determined with the help of an assessment by SMARTAid. The Financial Aid application and instructions are available HERE. Families must complete the online application by December 1, 2020 using the NWC school code 13337. Applications received after December 1, 2020 will be placed on a waiting list for consideration, if funds become available.
Each financial aid application involves a unique set of family circumstances. When assessing a family's financial aid need, there are many factors taken into consideration, such as income, assets, debt, tuition at other schools, number of family members, age of parents, and other factors reported on the SMARTAid application.
Both parents/guardians are expected to submit financial information in order to establish a student’s eligibility for financial aid. You may submit a petition for a waiver if your child has minimal or no contact with the noncustodial parent/guardian.
Parents/Guardians seeking financial aid must submit an application annually. Those receiving academic scholarships do not need to re-apply.
A list of scholarships that students can apply for, in addition to financial aid, can be found here.
Northwest Catholic will be test optional for the 2021-22 school year.
The pandemic has made it challenging for students to register and sit for administered tests and some students may face technology barriers to testing at home. Since standardized testing is only one component of a student’s application, assessing whether or not the student would be a good fit within the NWC community relies on the broader context of the student’s academic and life experience and we do not want testing to be a barrier for entry for talented young people. Therefore, our application process will be test optional for the coming admission cycle.
Students are welcome to submit HSPT or SSAT (school code 5412) scores, but they will not be required. Students who choose not to submit their scores or who are unable to take the HSPT or SSAT, will not be disadvantaged in the application process. Northwest Catholic will not offer either exam this year. If a student takes the HSPT at a different testing center, they may request that school to send us their results.