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Marian Catholic Admissions

Marian Catholic High School

Students from more than 75 communities in Illinois and Northwest Indiana combine to form an ethnically and culturally diverse student body with the common goal of academic excellence. As a result, admission is competitive. Interested 8th grade students are encouraged to obtain information early and MUST take the placement examination offered in January.

Admission Policy

Priority for acceptance is given to incoming freshmen coming from Catholic schools, students w/siblings currently attending MCHS and children of alumni.

Admission & Testing Standards: Entrance Exam

All prospective freshman students are required to take the High School Placement Exam offered at Marian. The next exam for the 2017–2018 school year is scheduled for Saturday, January 14, 2017 from 8 a.m. to Noon. Specifics:

When: Saturday, January 14, 8:00 a.m. until Noon

Where: Marian Catholic High School, please enter at the Sr. M. Paul Leadership Center off Joe Orr Road.

Who: Any current 8th Grader that did not test at another Catholic High School in the Archdiocese of Chicago

What: Testers need to bring $25 and 2 - #2 pencils

All students who plan to attend to Marian must be present for this exam. Students should know the following information:

  • Parent(s) Names
  • Home Mailing Address (Street, City, State, Zip)
  • Primary Contact Phone
  • Grade school - including town

On the day of the exam, please bring the following:

  • $25 test fee (cash or check made out to Marian Catholic High School)
  • 2 - #2 pencils

No calculators are allowed. No pre-registration is required.

Results from the 2017 test will be mailed on or about February 15.

The required entrance exam for the 2017 - 2018 school year will be the STS / High School Placement test.

For further information about the STS (HSPT) test, please click here. Students will be tested on Verbal and Quantitative Skills, Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary, Mathematics, Language and Science. The math portion of the test does not allow a calculator.

Make-up Exam

Marian Catholic offers a make-up exam if you are unable to attend the January 14th exam. Specifics:

When: Saturday, January 21, 8 a.m. until Noon

Where: Marian Catholic High School, please enter at the Sr. M. Paul Leadership Center off Joe Orr Road.

Who: Any current 8th Grader that missed the MCHS January 14 test and did not test at another Catholic High School in the Archdiocese of Chicago

What: Testers need to bring $25 and 2 - #2 pencils (No calculators allowed)

How: All Testers must call 708-756-9770 to register for the January 21 Make-Up Test

For our January 2017 testers, the average entrance score for admitted students will continue to reflect scores that indicate college preparatory readiness. We will, however, rely on strong elementary school faculty and principal recommendations for those good students with a positive attitude who may have difficulty testing. Personal interviews with the student and family, in some cases, may be required.

We realize that maintaining / raising the entrance standards can create some tension for those seeking admission to Marian Catholic, and that holding to more selective standards may decrease the enrollment for the Class of 2021. To maintain the integrity of our college preparatory program, however, our Admissions Committee believes that such a step is critical in order to better serve our students.

Formal Acceptance Criteria into Marian Catholic Educational Achievement as Primary

  • All unconditional acceptances must give evidence of ability to successfully complete the college preparatory program at Marian Catholic on the basis of the composite score of the Placement Exam, a score that is a measure of both ability and achievement.
  • All accepted students must successfully complete the elementary education in an accredited elementary school and evidence ongoing achievement at a college preparatory level as indicated by testing and grades

Subsequent to Evidence of Academic Achievement

  • Priority is given to practicing Catholic students in Catholic grade schools.
  • Family ties with Marian and family and student commitment to college preparatory Catholic education are factors in admission.
  • If the oldest in a family is starting the tradition of Marian Catholic education, preference will be given.
  • If space permits, priority will be given to those non-Catholic students who are currently attending a Catholic feeder school or other private school in the area.
  • If further space exists, other non-Catholic students are considered.

Parental Commitment

  • Support the Marian Catholic mission and philosophy, college preparatory philosophy, and school policies as outlined in the Handbook.
  • Pay a Non-refundable registration fee of $300 at time of registration. This fee is returned only if the family moves or student fails to graduate from grade school with a good conduct record.
  • Assume responsibility of full payment of tuition using one of Marian’s established financial plans or make arrangements in July for a special payment plan.
  • Apply for aid by March of the previous school year if the family is in financial need.
  • Marian Catholic High School is a private school complying with the following policy of the Archdiocese of Chicago. “In order to protect a student’s individual eligibility, schools of the Archdiocese of Chicago support the policies of the Illinois High School Athletic Association. In doing so, Marian Catholic High School may not promise or offer athletic scholarships of any kind. Violations may result in the loss of eligibility for the student, coach and/or school.”
  • Comply with state health regulations: Submit a properly completed State Physical Examination form and meet Illinois state requirements for proper immunization by July 1, 2017.
  • Arrange for exchange of academic information.
  • State law also requires a copy of student’s birth certificate.

Marian Catholic High School admits students of any race, color, sex, national origin, or ancestry to all rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, or ancestry in administration of its educational policies, scholarships, and loan programs, and athletic or other school administered programs.

International Students

For more information on our International student program and boarding options, please go to