2020-2021 High School Application and TACHS Exam Resources

2020 High School Night (9/21/20) Powerpoint 

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


Catholic High School Information


Butler Scholar Timeline
Semifinalist Interviews | Saturday, November 21: You will be notified in advance if your daughter has moved forward to the semifinalist round of the Butler process.

Xavier High School

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


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.


Xaverian High School

Xaverian will be sending out a weekly admissions E-News for any 8th grade student who might be interested. If you would like to be added to the email list, please email Xaverian at admissions@xaverian.org.

By sharing this timeline, we hope to make students and parents aware of the forms required as their completion is mandatory for them to be considered for admission, scholarship, and financial aid.
Complete our Online Application
The application deadline is November 11th
Apply for an Academic or Music Scholarship
Be sure to upload your 6th and 7th grade report cards and request teacher recommendations on your assigned application checklist. 
Apply for Financial Aid
Deadline to apply is December 15th
School Code = 132; Password = xhs132


NYC Public High School Information

In past years, open houses and high school fairs have helped families learn about high school options and the admissions process. Due to the ongoing public health crisis, in-person events are not safe for students, their families, or school staff. The dates and format of the high school fairs, as listed in the 2021 NYC High School and Specialized High Schools Admissions Guide, are changing. 


NYC CTE Virtual High School Fairs will take place November 16 – December 5.

  • These virtual events are open to all NYC students and their families to learn about Career and Technical Education (CTE) high schools.

  • Learn more and register here: http://cte.nyc/web/ 


Virtual Open Houses and Virtual Tours: all high schools are encouraged to offer virtual opportunities for families to learn about their schools. High schools are asked to post the following information on their own school website starting in November:

  • Schedule and links to any live or recorded events (or links where families can register for the events)

  • Videos and/or other media

  • Contact information for families who want to speak or write directly to school staff. 


Families can access each high school’s website on the school page of the searchable online directory in MySchools: https://www.myschools.nyc/en/schools/high-school/. High schools are submitting their updated website information on a rolling basis, and we are updating their page in MySchools over the next several weeks. For any high schools that have not yet posted their link to their virtual tours and open houses, please contact the high school directly. Contact information is on each high school’s page in MySchools.


Here are some reminders from previous communications: 


  • The high school application is not yet open and no longer closes on December 4, 2020. Families will have additional time to apply.

  • Registration for the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT) and LaGuardia High School auditions is not yet open, and no longer closed on October 21, 2020. Families will have additional time to register.

  • The dates and locations for the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT) and for LaGuardia High School auditions, as listed in the 2021 NYC High School and Specialized High Schools Admissions Guide, will also change.

  • Decisions regarding how the “Screened” and “Educational Option (Ed. Opt)” admissions methods will operate this school year are forthcoming, and will be shared with schools and families later this fall.

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

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