Admission Policy for Incoming Freshmen
The Admissions process for Saint Joseph High School is guided by the school's mission statement:  "Saint Joseph High School is a Catholic secondary school dedicated to transforming students in heart and mind, preparing them to serve God, the Church, and the world."

Saint Joseph High School, a four-year/eight-semester, college prep school is open to all qualified high school students, regardless of sex, race, religion, creed, color, or national origin.

Admission to the 9th grade is based on the following:
  • Review of 6th, 7th and 8th-grade transcripts
  • Review of the High School Placement Test results
  • Results of previous standardized testing and evaluations
  • Course recommendation from current principal, teacher, or counselor
  • Satisfactory disciplinary and attendance history

Application for all grades is subject to available space and to the review and recommendation of the Saint Joseph High School Admission Committee. Every student must possess the educational background necessary to reach his/her fullest potential in order to be admitted.

Saint Joseph High School reserves the right to revoke acceptance at any time for academic and/or disciplinary reasons.

Admission Procedures and Policy
The following are the necessary steps for consideration for admission into Saint Joseph High School as a prospective ninth grade student:
  1. Submission of the Saint Joseph High School Application ($25 fee) that is found on the Saint Joseph High School home page beginning early October 2019 for the 2020-2021 academic school year. The deadline date for submission of the Saint Joseph High School Application is January 10, 2020.
  2. Completion of the High School Placement Test, which is held at Saint Joseph High School on Saturday, November 16, 2019. An additional test date will be held on December 7, 2019, for students who are unable to attend the November 16, 2018, test date.
  3. Placement tests administered on both dates allow for extended time for students with special education plans, such as Individual Education Program (IEP), Individual Service Program (ISP), or Individual Language Program (ILP). A copy of the special education plan is necessary for the additional time accommodation.  RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED FOR STUDENTS WHO HAVE AN IEP, ISP, OR ILP SO WE CAN ARRANGE FOR APPROPRIATE SPACE FOR TESTING. RESERVATIONS CAN BE MADE THROUGH THE SAINT JOSEPH HIGH SCHOOL ADMISSIONS DEPARTMENT AT 574-233-6137, EXTENSION 524.
  4. Submission of transcript and test scores following the completion of the prospective student's first semester of the eighth-grade year and the teacher recommendation form. The deadline date for submission is January 17, 2020.
  5. Upon completion of the High School Placement Test, receipt of requested course placement recommendation form, grade reports, and attendance and discipline records, an Enrollment Form will be sent by email to the parent of the prospective student.  The Enrollment Form should be returned within three weeks of receiving your notice of admission.

Additionally, prospective ninth grade students must complete all requirements for the eighth grade before being admitted to Saint Joseph High School. Prospective ninth graders who register before the completion of their eighth grade will be admitted conditionally, pending receipt of the final transcript. No registration can be considered complete until confirmation is received from the Catholic elementary school that financial obligations are current. (Diocesan Policy #5240)

Admission determination will commence by January 2020. Applications received after this date will be accepted provided open spaces in the class remain. Complete submission of application requirements is no guarantee of admission into Saint Joseph High School. Please review the following enrollment priority section carefully.

Enrollment Priority
The Admission Committee gives consideration to applications from students meeting the school's academic, attendance, and disciplinary standards. Active registered parishioners from Catholic feeder schools will be given priority consideration throughout the admission process. Final admission determination is vested in the judgment of the Admission Committee.

Presuming academic requirements for admission have been met, enrollment priority will be given to siblings of current students and alumni, children of employees of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, students of Saint Joseph High School feeder schools, students of active supporters of Saint Joseph High School, and other students who demonstrate the potential to succeed in the academic and religious programs offered at Saint Joseph High School.

As a condition precedent to registration, a non-refundable registration fee must be paid at the time of registration.