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Admission

Any student currently in grade 7, 8, 9, or 10 in good academic standing is encouraged to apply for admission to Cathedral. The Cathedral Admission Committee realizes each individual applicant is unique and the committee takes the time to evaluate each application in detail. We strongly consider the academic record (report card), standardized testing, and the teacher recommendation of the applicant. We also recognize that students are not defined just from a grade or test score and therefore look at a student’s complete profile. We suggest that the applicant be interviewed and supply extra curricular information. Our goal at Cathedral is to admit students who have a strong vested interest in their academics as well as their desire to be active contributing members of our school community.

How to apply for admission to Cathedral

Current grade 7 and 8 students in good academic standing

  1. Complete and return to Cathedral an application for admission. This application will register the student for the Cathedral Entrance Exam.
  2. Include a $25 application/entrance exam fee.
  3. Forward a copy of the applicant’s most recent report card. Future report cards will be required.
  4. Forward a completed Recommendation Form. This form should be completed by the applicant’s current school counselor, principal or classroom teacher.
  5. Take an Entrance Exam—All applicants for grades 8 and 9 must take the Cathedral Entrance Exam. The Admission Office may accept other current standardized test scores.
  6. Make an appointment to shadow-for-a-day by calling Admissions at 413-782-5285 x 4113.

Please call the Admission Office at 413-782-5285 x 4113 for the current exam dates.

Transfer Students - Current grade 9 and 10 students in good academic standing

  1. Complete and return to Cathedral an application for admission.
  2. Include a $25 application fee.
  3. Forward a copy of the applicant’s most recent report card. Include any current standardized test scores. Students currently in grade 10 will need to submit a final transcript from grade 9.
  4. Forward a completed Recommendation Form. This form should be completed by the applicant’s current school counselor, principal or classroom teacher.
  5. Make an appointment for an interview with the Admission Director and Cathedral School Counselor by calling Cara Martin at 413-782-5285 x 4113.
  6. Make an appointment to Shadow-for-a-day by calling Admissions at 413-782-5285 x 4113.

Transfer acceptances and placements for a current school year will be open between November and January of that school year.

Tuition 2014/2015 school year

$8,600 with parish sponsorship
$9,300 non-parish sponsorship
$14,000 International

Tuition Payment Options

General Information
Cathedral offers two options for paying tuition: full payment and monthly payments. These options give families great flexibility in meeting their financial obligation to the school. Families must select a payment option on the Cathedral High School Enrollment Agreement at the time of registration. In addition to these options, Cathedral has partnered with a tuition loan program that enables families to reduce the amount of their monthly payments.

Full Payment Option
The full payment option requires payment in full of the net tuition to Cathedral by the June 30th prior to the ensuing school year. Net tuition is defined as the annual tuition charge less any financial aid credits and/or applicable discounts. This option entitles the payer to a 5.5% discount. Statements are mailed to payers by June 1st. If payment is not made by June 30th, enrollment in monthly payment option is required (see below). Payments will begin in July for any remaining tuition balance.

Monthly Payment Option
The monthly payment option allows families to budget their tuition payments over a 10-month period. This option requires participation in FACTS Management Company’s automatic withdrawal program. FACTS is the country’s premier tuition management program. Cathedral has been utilizing the FACTS service since 1998.

Initially, participants must complete an Automatic Tuition Payment Agreement. Participants may establish an agreement on-line by going to the FACTS e-cashier system. The agreement authorizes FACTS to make electronic withdrawals from a checking, savings account or credit card on either the 5th or the 20th of each month. FACTS charges an annual enrollment fee of $41 that is collected via electronic withdrawal. FACTS charges an additional 2.5% fee if paying by credit card. For families’ convenience, prior to any withdrawals FACTS sends a confirmation letter to each participant. The letter advises participants of withdrawal dates and amounts. Withdrawals commence in June and must be completed by the following March. Families who wish to lower the amount of their monthly withdrawals may do so by making an advance payment directly to Cathedral.

For the 2014-2015 school year ALL families using the monthly payment option must enroll in FACTS. For subsequent school years FACTS re-enrolls families electronically, thereby reducing the need to complete additional paperwork. FACTS also features the ability for families to review their account on a secure Web site at any time.

Please note that payment options may be changed annually at the end of every school year. Changes to payment options during the school year are subject to an option change fee of $20.

Tuition Loan Program
Families interested in financing all or a portion of their tuition over an extended period of time may apply for a tuition loan from Your Tuition Solution (YTS). YTS, a service of Springstone Financial LLC, offers tuition loans for terms from 18-60 months for amounts up to the annual tuition fee less any credits awarded by Cathedral.

An extended payment plan thru YTS provides families with lower payments that can help make the monthly expense of private education more affordable.

In addition to lowering the required monthly payments, YTS loans can be used in conjunction with Cathedral’s full payment option to qualify families for the early payment discount.

For more information about the tuition loan program go to www.yourtuitionsolution.com or call 800-920-9777.

For additional information about any of Cathedral’s tuition payment options please contact the school’s Business Office at 413-782-5285

 

Cathedral High School • 260 Surrey Road • Springfield, MA 01118 • (413) 782-5285