2020-2021 High School Application and TACHS Exam Resources

2020 8th Grade Recommendation Request Form

Primarily, we are advocates for our students and we fully believe that their success is our success. We take the writing of recommendation letters very seriously. Thus, it is immensely helpful to us when students deal with procedural issues in a highly organized manner. Recommendations reflect not just the quality of the student, but also the integrity of the teacher and, ultimately, St. Francis de Sales. We are obligated to be objective and specific about a student’s fitness for a given high school; if admission departments learn to distrust the praise from an SFDSCA faculty member, it puts the entire school’s reputation in jeopardy. This damages the prospects of all SFDSCA students seeking admission. Please use the following form. Just remember that we need at least three weeks’ notice to make sure the recommendation gets to the high school on time. 

SFDS Recommendation Request Form

TACHS Exam Information (Saturday November 7th 2020)

The deadline to register for the TACHS Exam is October 23rd 2020

TACHS Website

TACHS Registration Link

TACHS Handbook

TACHS Testing Conflicts

  1. Regis Exam: Students should register by 5 P.M., October 23rd, and take the TACHS exam on November 7th, for those students testing within the Diocese of Brooklyn.This year, the Regis test will be given virtually on Saturday, November 7th and Sunday, November 8th at 1:00 p.m. Regis applicants should choose the NOVEMBER 8th test date for the Regis test if nominated.
  2. NYC-SHSAT:  Also tests on November 7th, students should test for TACHS on November 7th and request the SHSAT Make-up day of November 15th. Please contact your Elementary School’s Guidance Counselor or Eighth Grade Teacher to request the NYC-SHSAT make-up test date

Extended Time Eligibility Form- Please do not send into the Diocese directly. Please hand into Mrs. Buckley no later than September 18th 2020. 

Proctorio Setup Guide-Please note that we will make sure that all St. Francis de Sales Chromebook’s have Proctorio installed on them, yet students are free to use whatever device they are comfortable with.


Catholic High School Information

Schools are listed alphabetically

As information in regard to Admissions, Applications, Open Houses, Scholarships, Etc. are shared with us by individual schools we will post on this webpage.  Please note that St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy does not have any partnership with any Catholic High School and can only share the information that is given to us. 


Convent of the Sacred Heart

Open House 2020

The Scholarship Exam at Sacred Heart provides opportunities for academically gifted students with outstanding leadership qualities, a strong character and an interest in social awareness to attend Sacred Heart, the oldest all-girls independent school in New York City.

The Sacred Heart Scholarship offers a partial merit scholarship award offered to qualified candidates. Additional financial aid is also available to families who demonstrate need.  

For eligibility, the candidates must have:

1) sixth and seventh grade CTBS composite scores;

(or equivalent standardized testing) of at least 92nd percentile;

2) a principal or counselor recommendation;

3) strong character and leadership skills;

4) a desire to attend Sacred Heart.

The scholarship examination will be held Saturday, October 17th, 2020 at 8:30 a.m. The top students in the scholarship competition will be invited to continue with the admissions process.

Anyone who is interesting in applying please reach out to Mr. Scharbach at admin@stfrancisschoolbh.net

While the Sacred Heart Scholarship is a special opportunity for a few girls, it does not change or replace their regular admissions and financial aid programs.

Holy Cross High School
2020 Fall Open House
RSVP online at www.holycrosshs.org
Sunday, October 18, 2020 from 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

For more information, please contact
Mrs. Andrea Aloi (718) 886-7250 x 524
Text:  (718) 309-0589 or Email: admissions@holycrosshs.org


Loyola School


Virtual Meet and Greet Thursday, October 1st @ 5 pm 

Msgr. McClancy Memorial High School

We are asking everyone attending our open house to pre-register.  

OPEN HOUSE Pre-Registration 

Our Open House will be held over the course of 2 days (October 10th and 11th) this upcoming school year. In order to give everyone ample opportunity to see the school, while continuously following state guidelines, we have decided to add a full day of access and to extend the hours of operation. 

Saturday October 10th                   9 a.m. -12 p.m. & 1 p.m. – 4p.m. 

Sunday October 11th                      11 a.m. – 2 p.m. & 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. 

Open House 2020

Monsignor McClancy Digital Admissions Book  


Regis High School

To be eligible for applying an applicant must be a baptized Roman Catholic boy with excellent grades and standardized testing (above 90% in CTBS/CAP/ERB or equivalent testing). Anyone who is interesting in applying please reach out to Mr. Scharbach at admin@stfrancisschoolbh.net

Regis High School
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55 EAST 84TH STREET  |  NEW YORK, NY 10028
Regis Admissions
Regis High School
of Manhattan
an all-scholarship Jesuit school for talented and gifted Catholic boys
invites students and their parents to its
Queens Virtual Admissions Night
Wednesday, September 30
7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Learn more about Regis and meet current students and parents, alumni, and alumni parents. Click the link below to register, and further details will be sent about how to access the event.

For more information, contact Eric Di Michele, Director of Admissions
212-288-1100, Ext. 2057  |  edimichele@regis.org |  regis.org/admissions

This year the Regis test will be given virtually on Saturday, November 7th at 10:00 a.m. and Sunday, November 8th at 1:00 p.m. Applicants can choose either date and register for the test on their website. Their Open Houses will also be virtual and are as follows: Thursday, October 8th (7:00 – 8:30 p.m.) for all Bronx, Manhattan and Westchester residents and Monday, October 12th (1:00 – 2:30 p.m. for The Rest of the World).

Covid-19 Message


Xavier High School

Families will need to register for virtual events through our Inquiry Form at www.xavierhs.org/inquire


Virtual Regional Information Sessions – These are more informal conversations over Zoom during the early evening when 8th graders and their families can interact with our staff and current students and their parents to learn about Xavier.

Bronx & Westchester – 9/29, 10/8
Brooklyn – 9/21, 10/6, 10/26
Long Island – 9/30
Manhattan – 9/22, 10/1, 10/27
New Jersey –  9/23, 10/5
Queens – 9/24, 10/7, 10/28
Staten Island – 9/28


Virtual Open House – Saturday, October 17, 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. 


Xavier Scholarship Exam (HSPT) –  administered in-person at Xavier on Saturday, November 21 and Saturday, December 5. Each testing session is limited to 150 applicants. Applicants considered for academic scholarships typically score in the top 5-7% on the HSPT and are straight-A students.  Applicants for a merit scholarship must submit Xavier’s required online application by November 13, so that they can register online for this exam. Applicants who take the HSPT at Regis High School, Fordham Prep, or St. Peter’s Prep will automatically be considered for a Xavier merit scholarship (they cannot take our Scholarship Exam), provided that they’ve given consent for Xavier to obtain those results from any of those schools. Applicants taking the HSPT at any of the above schools have the same as all other applicants: November 30, 2020.


Families can access the required admission application through our website at www.xavierhs.org/apply. Also, families can access information regarding financial aid at www.xavierhs.org/financialaid. The financial aid application is available in English, Spanish, and French. Xavier is proud to offer nearly $3.9 million in need-based tuition assistance to our students for the 2020-2021 academic year. The strict deadline for both admission and need-based tuition assistance applications is November 30, 2020.


NYC Public High School Information

Register for the Specialized High School Test by October 21st

Apply for NYC Public High Schools by December 4th

2021 NYC High School and Specialized High Schools Admissions Guide

Guide to the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test for 2021 Admissions

2021 NYC Specialized High Schools Admissions Test

The NYC DOE does not have updates to share yet. They are working on a plan for administering the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT) safely during this pandemic. They will share updates with us  soon.