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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."

 

Click HERE to view the 2016-2017 NWC Viewbook.


Creating an Admissions Account for Inquiries

By creating an Admissions Account, you will be able to access all online forms and be able to monitor your status in the admissions process.  If you create the account while requesting an admissions packet of information, you may use your same login and password should you decide to proceed with an application for admission.

Create an Admissions Account here.

Important Dates 2016-2017

October   Regional information sessions through the Greater Hartford region. northwestcatholic.org/infosessions
Oct. 30Open House for prospective students

Nov  

Private School Aid Service (tuition assistance) applications mailed to all applicants
Nov. 12 and Dec. 3  Entrance 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. 31 Deadline for families to submit tuition assistance applications
Jan. 23, 2017 Entrance Exam offered again
Feb. 2, 2017  Information Night for Prospective Students who were unable to attend the October Open House, 7pm
March 9, 2017   President's Reception for the Class of 2021 from 7:30-8:30pm
JunePlacement tests in Algebra, Spanish and French for students who are currently enrolled in these courses in middle school

Information Sessions

Our regional information sessions provide a valuable opportunity for prospective families to become introduced to Northwest Catholic.  Current students, parents and administrators will provide valuable information about academics, our leadership program, athletics, clubs, visual and performing arts programs and service opportunities.  NWC students will share their personal experiences about making friends, getting involved in activities and managing academics with their extra-curricular activities.  Come learn how Northwest Catholic will prepare you for college – and your life!

Stay tuned to learn of dates for fall 2017 Information Sessions.

Apply Online/High School Placement Test

Northwest Catholic High School requires all applicants to Grades 9 and 10 to take the HSPT as part of the admissions process. By completing the online application for admission, a student applying to Grade 9 or Grade 10 will be automatically registered to take the exam.  Students may select their exam date at the bottom of the first full page of the application for admission.

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.

Northwest Catholic will offer its Entrance Exam on Saturday, November 12 and Saturday, December 3 at 8am. Click here to create an Admissions account and submit your application.

Open House

Each year, Northwest Catholic hosts an Open House.  During this event you might choose to go on a student-led tour of our building, meet our teachers and coaches, tour the displays in the gymnasium to learn more about clubs and athletics, have a snack in the cafeteria and visit the academic department displays, listen to performing arts groups or participate in a science lab. There is lots to see and do.

The 2016 Open House will be held on Sunday, October 30, 2016.

Parent Experience Night

We invite prospective parents to come spend an evening with us and experience a mini version of a typical high school day.  Similar to our Student Experience Days, this event (for parents only) is an overview of some of the classes and highlights of life at Northwest Catholic.  Numbers are limited, so registration is required in advance. Register HERE

Shadow Days for Applicants to NWC

Our shadow day program runs on select days from the end of January to the beginning of May.  Due to the number of requests for individual shadow days, we can only allow applicants to Northwest Catholic to schedule a shadow day. Shadow days run from 7:50am to 1:25pm and students must schedule them in advance through their admissions account. 8th grade students who shadow from October through the end of January will shadow a current 10th grade student. Starting in February they may shadow a current 9th grade student.

You will follow a current Northwest Catholic student during your shadow day experience.  Although you might not see the same courses you would be taking next year, you will be able to gain a better understanding of our community and how our day flows.  We will provide your lunch during your visit.  Bring your questions so that your host can help you learn more about Northwest Catholic.

Applying for Tuition Assistance

Tuition assistance based on financial need is determined with the help of an assessment by SMARTAid. The deadline for applications is December 31.  You must meet the deadline to ensure consideration for assistance.  Applications received after December 31 will be placed on a waiting list for consideration if funds become available.

To watch a video on how to use SMARTAid, click HERE.

Admissions Requirements

  • Recommendation Form
    • Students must submit a recommendation form from the principal or guidance counselor at their current school. The recommendation form can be emailed to the principal or guidance counselor during the application process and requires the student have the email address of the principal or guidance counselor. For a printable copy of the form, click here. Please provided a stamped envelope for the person filling out the recommendation form.
  • Record Release Form
    • Please click here to fill out and print a copy of the record release form. The form should be sent to the Admissions Office at Northwest Catholic.

Student Experience Day

During a student experience day you will get an overview of what you might encounter as a Northwest Catholic student. We won’t reveal all the events here, but by the end of the day you will have a chance to meet many different teachers who will give you an understanding of why our school is “where you know that you belong!” Numbers are limited, so registration in advance is required.

This is not a one-on-one shadow day. You will be able to register for a shadow day through your admissions account beginning in January. Please note this program is for 8th grade and transfer students only.  Some Catholic partner schools visit Northwest Catholic as a group.  If your school does not plan a group visit or if you attend a public or another independent school, please contact the Admissions Office to sign up for a date convenient for you.


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