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Incoming Freshman Students 

Please call our office at 813-870-0860 if you have any questions or concerns. 
Fax documents to:  813-877-4299 or 
Email: msingletary@tampacatholic.org or ckunzelmann@tampacatholic.org

 

 Step 1: Complete An Application

Complete the Online Application - Apply Now link allows you to apply to Tampa Catholic by creating an online account. This online account allows you to submit an application to Tampa Catholic ($50.00 application fee) and enroll/register your incoming student.  
  • Please save your log-in information, as you will use this throughout the application process. 

 Step 2: Take the HSPT Admission/Entrance Test (Incoming Freshman only)

Tampa Catholic uses the High School Placement Test/HSPT as one of the criteria for admission/acceptance for 9th grade.  See information below regarding the Pope Francis Merit Scholarship.
  • Preparation is suggested but not required; HSPT test prep books are available at local bookstores/amazon - just google HSPT prep or study guides.
  • The HSPT admissions test may only be taken once
  • HSPT scores may be shared with other schools using the same test, at parent request
  • Results of the HSPT are sent with the Admission Status Notification
  • HSPT Test Dates: Saturday, December 12, 2020 and Saturday, January 9, 2021

  Step 3: Documents Needed

After you complete an application - an admissions packet will be sent in the mail regarding the required documents. 
  • The required documents include:
  1. The records release
  2. The Principal, Math, & English Evaluation forms (parent gives these to the school) The school will send these back to TC.  
  3. 7th & 8th Grade academic history (report card, transcript), the school will send these to TC
  4. Standardized test scores (the school will send these to TC)
  5. Support plan documents if applicable (information included in admission packet)
  • Student Support Information: Students who have documented special needs must provide the complete results of a psychological-educational evaluation.  Specific information from our Student Support Team will be provided.  Please fax or email the information to the Admissions Office.  Information is confidential.

  Step 4: Admissions Committee review

The Admissions Committee reviews an applicant's HSPT results, academic history, standardized test scores, Principal, Math, English Evaluation forms, (support plan if applicable) and makes the final decision on admission to Tampa Catholic

  Step 5: Notice of Admission Status

  • Students with all of the necessary documents will receive notification of admission status via email.
  • 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"

 Scholarship Information - Incoming Freshman 

  • 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.

      

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

In September, Apply Now allows you to create an online account to apply as a transfer student to Tampa Catholic for the second semester and submit the $50.00 (non-refundable) application fee and enroll/register your incoming student.

  • 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

  • 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.
  • Transfer students must be on track to graduate from Tampa Catholic.
  • 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 Admissions Office.  Information is confidential.
  • 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

Admissions Department 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, Maggie Singletary at 813.870.0860 ext. 121.

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 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