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Admissions Process

Northwest Catholic has a personalized, friendly Admissions process. Our goal is to help prospective students and their families discover "the school where they know that they belong."

The Admissions process at Northwest Catholic begins each year in October, when the Admissions Office hosts regional information sessions throughout the Greater Hartford region. This is followed by an Open House at the school on Sunday, October 29 from 1-3 pm.

Applicants to Grades 9 or 10 must take the High School Placement Test (HSPT). Students should click here to submit an application and their application fee ($25 for applicants to 9th grade, $30 for all other applicants). This test is also given at other Catholic high schools in the area; however, only incoming 9th-grade students who take the November or December exam at NWC will be considered for academic scholarships.

In early November, a link to Smart Aid will be available on the NWC website. The deadline for families to submit their tuition assistance application is December 31.

Admissions decisions will be mailed by January 31 to all applicants who have a completed admissions file (application, transcripts with 1st quarter or trimester of the current school year and grades 6 and 7, standardized tests, teacher recommendation) by  December 18. Applicants who complete their admission file after December 18 will receive their decision letter on a rolling basis. Tuition assistance awards will be mailed in early March. Beginning in February, accepted students will meet with NWC Admissions staff or school administrators for course selection. Placement tests in Algebra, Spanish and French for students currently enrolled in these courses in middle school will take place in June.

Important Dates 2017-2018

October Regional information sessions through the Greater Hartford region
Oct. 29Open House for prospective students 1-3pm
Nov. 6Smart Aid (tuition assistance) applications available on NWC website
Nov. 11 and Dec. 2Entrance Exam for prospective 9th and 10th Graders, 8am-noon; only incoming 9th grade students who take the exam on one of these days at NWC are eligible for academic scholarships.
Dec. 18

Admission files must be completed by December 18 in order to receive an admissions decision by January 31. Files completed after December 18 will receive a decision on a rolling basis. If you complete your file after December 18, it will not make an impact on your decision, it will only effect when you receive your decision letter. A completed file consists of: first quarter or trimester report card from the current school year, transcripts from the previous 2 years (6 & 7), standardized tests, recommendation form (available through the application), and a completed entrance exam. Students who have a 504 plan, ICEP, or IEP must submit this documentation prior to the entrance exam. If they meet admissions requirements, they will also have an interview with our Guidance Department.


Dec. 31Deadline for families to submit tuition assistance applications
Jan. 22Entrance Exam offered again (not eligible for academic scholarships)
Jan. 31Decision letters mailed to all applicants who completed their file by December 18, 2017. Students who complete it after December 18, 2017 will receive their decision letters on a rolling basis.
Feb. 1Information Night for Prospective Students who were unable to attend the October Open House, 7pm
March 8President's Reception for the Class of 2022 from 7-8:30pm
JunePlacement tests in Algebra, Spanish and French for students who are currently enrolled in these courses in middle school
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