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Freshman Class of 2023 - Apply Now

Step 1: Complete An Application

Complete the Online Application - Apply Now link allows you to apply to Tampa Catholic by creating an online account, select an  HSPT entrance exam/admissions test date and submit the $50.00 (non-refundable) application fee.  

  • Please save your log-in information as you will use this to enroll/register your student. You will be provided with a confirmation email.

HSPT Admission/Entrance Test: Tampa Catholic uses the High School Placement Test/HSPT as one of the criteria for admission/acceptance for 9th grade.

  1. HSPT Dates at TC:  NEW DATE: Saturday, March 2, 2019
  2. Check-in at 7:45 am - Pick-up at 11:15 am for standard test time
  3. Extended time - students requiring extended time must provide documentation one week prior to testing - pick up time 1:00 pm
  4. Bring two #2 pencils.  Calculators not permitted.
  5. Preparation is suggested but not required; HSPT test prep books are available at local bookstores/amazon.
  6. The HSPT admissions test may only be taken once
  7. HSPT scores may be shared with other schools using the same test, at parent request
  8. Results of the HSPT are sent with the Admission Status Notification

Scholarship Information 

  • Pope Francis Merit Scholarship Award - The Tampa Catholic High School Pope Francis Merit Scholar Award is designed to attract and retain students whose scores on the High School Placement Test (HSPT) are in the top 1-2 % nationwide and who demonstrate exceptional scholastic ability.  Tampa Catholic High School will provide Pope Francis Merit Scholarship recipients with an annual award for each of their four years at Tampa Catholic.  Pope Francis Merit Scholar awards are separate from and, in some cases, supplementary to need-based financial aid awards offered by the Diocese of St. Petersburg and Tampa Catholic High School. These awards are offered at varying levels.  

To renew the award each year, a Pope Francis Merit Scholar must achieve the following: Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 / Be enrolled in Honors, Advanced Placement or Dual Enrollment courses in English, Math, Science and Social Studies / Complete all required community service by the designated dates / Remain free of serious disciplinary referral / If the scholarship is rescinded for any reason, it cannot be renewed in a subsequent year.

  • Elsa Zarate Scholarship Memorial Scholarship Program -

    The Zarate family established the Elsa Zarate Memorial Scholarship Program in 2007 to honor the memory of their mother. The program is designed to provide needed financial assistance to those families whose child wishes to pursue a Catholic education at Tampa Catholic High School. Awards (if any) are competitive within the eligibility criteria of this scholarship program. The program is focused on assisting qualified applicants who are well rounded students who show the importance of giving back to the community and fully participate in the mission of a Catholic education. All eligible individuals are encouraged to apply. Download the Elsa Zarate Memorial Scholarship program brochure. Application deadline April 1.

  • Tuition Assistance Opportunities - see Tuition/Finance

Step 2: Documents Needed

After you complete an application; an email will be sent to you to print documents and give them to your child's present school. 

  • Documents include: records release, Principal, Math, & English Evaluation forms, 7th & 8th Grade academic history (report card, transcript), and standardized test scores. These documents are sent to Tampa Catholic from the current school.  
  • The Admissions Committee reviews an applicant's HSPT results, academic history, standardized test scores, Principal, Math, English Evaluation forms and makes the final decision on admission to Tampa Catholic. 

Student Support Information:

  • Students who have documented special needs must provide the complete results of a psychological-educational evaluation (within the last 3 years).  Please fax or email the information to the Enrollment Office.  Information is confidential.

Step 3: Notice of Admission Status

  • Students with all of the necessary documents will receive notification of admission status in mid-February.
  • When an applicant receives an acceptance letter to Tampa Catholic High School, he or she will also receive instructions for online enrollment/registration, as well as tuition and financial aid information. 
  • Please review "Tuition/Finance"

Transfer Students 

Transfer students currently living in the Tampa Bay area are only accepted at the beginning of a semester.  Tampa Catholic does not accept local seniors as transfer students or juniors at the beginning of the second semester.  Valedictorian & Salutatorian Eligibility: Students must have completed a minimum of five consecutive semesters at Tampa Catholic and be a model of exemplary behavior with no major disciplinary infractions.

Step 1: Complete An Application

Online Transfer Applications for second semester of the school year 2018-19 are now available - Apply Now allows you to create an online account to apply as a transfer student to Tampa Catholic and submit the $50.00 (non-refundable) application fee.

  • Please save your log-in information as you will use this to enroll/register your student. You will be provided a confirmation email, a copy of the transfer affidavit and a request for records.

Step 2:  Request For Records

  1. We will need records from your students' current school - two years of academic history (report card, transcript) including standardized test scores, courses with grades in process and a transfer student affidavit.
  2. Transfer students must be on track to graduate from Tampa Catholic.
  3. Students who have documented special needs must provide the complete results of a psychological-educational evaluation (within the last 3 years).  Please fax or email the information to the Enrollment Office.  Information is confidential.
  4. After the required records and transfer affidavit are received, an Admissions Committee reviews the applicants file and makes the final decision on admissions.

Step 3: Notice Of Admissions Status

Mrs. Copestick will send notification of admission status via email after the Admissions Committee review.

When a transfer applicant receives an acceptance letter to Tampa Catholic High School, he or she will also receive instructions for online enrollment/registration, as well as tuition and financial aid information. 

Appeals

Families wishing to appeal a decision of the admissions committee should contact 
the Director of Admission, Sherry Copestick at 813-870-0860 ext. 232. 

Freshman Admission Criteria

  • 50th percentile or higher on the Tampa Catholic entrance exam (HSPT)
  • Essay - provided at time of entrance test
  • Satisfactory discipline and attendance records
  • Grades of C or higher on both 7th and 8th grade report cards
  • 50th percentile or higher on standardized tests
  • Evaluation forms (supplied in your application packet) from the current school Principal, English and Math teachers.

Transfer Student Admission Criteria

  • High school cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher
  • 50% percentile or higher on standardized tests
  • Satisfactory discipline and attendance records and appropriate school recommendations/forms
  • No deficient credits
  • Letter of good standing/transfer affidavit from current school