Frequently Asked Questions!
1. What are the criteria for acceptance?
The Admissions Committee primarily considers the following factors when making admissions decisions:
Grades from 7th and 8th grades.
Standardized testing scores.
High school entrance exam score.
Personal interview with applicant and his/her parent(s).
2. Do you accept non-Catholic students?
The Admissions Committee accepts applications from all students. Approximately 5-10% of each class is non-Catholic. Theology courses are taught from a Catholic perspective and all students are expected to participate in prayer services and Mass.
3. Do you accept home-schooled students?
In the past ACHS has accepted home-schooled students. Parents of home-schooled students should contact the Director of Admissions for more information.
4. Do you accept transfer students?
Students have applied and been accepted from other schools in the past. There are many facets of a student to be considered before a transfer can occur. Contact the Director of Admissions for more details.
5. Do you have a shadowing program?
Yes, Althoff Catholic does have a shadowing program for prospective students. Contact the Director of Admissions to make arrangements.
6. What is the current tuition and do you have financial aid?
The tuition for the 2011-2012 academic year is:
$6,100.00 for Catholic Students
$6,430.00 for Catholic Students outside the Belleville Diocese
$6,795.00 for non-Catholic students
Financial assistance is available through application and is based on need.
7. When is Open House?
Open House is held in the fall of each year. This year Open House will be held on Sunday, October 16, 2011 from noon until 2:00 p.m. It is designed as a curriculum fair and begins in Heritage Hall with guided tours of the Althoff Catholic campus.
8. What is the average class size and what is the student-teacher ratio?
The average class size is a 25-1 ratio.
9. When should I apply to Althoff Catholic for ninth grade admission?
Students take the high school entrance exam in December followed by application in February.
10. What time does school begin and end at Althoff Catholic?
The normal school day begins at 8:20 a.m. and ends at 3:05 p.m.
11. Can a student earn college credit or AP credit at Althoff Catholic?
Students have the opportunity to earn up to 24 hours of college credit through the 1-8-1-8 program sponsored through St. Louis Universityin addition to AP credit for those classes that are AP approved.
12. Does Althoff Catholic require 8th grade students to interview during the admissions process?
Yes, students interview during the admissions process as a means of learning the interests and goals of the student.
13. What is Althoff Catholic's average ACT score?
Althoff Catholic students have consistently scored higher on the ACT than the public school students in our area. Our average ACT score in 2011 was 23.3, higher than the state average of 20.8 and higher than the national average of 21.1.
14. Are students required to have physicals?
All students enterning the 9th grade are required to have a physical and updated shots.
15. What is the enrollment and diversity of the school?
Our student body for the 2010-2011 academic year was comprised of 457 students: 81% Caucasian, 12% African-American, 2% Hispanic, 3% Asian, Pacific Islander and 2% other. Students have the opportunity to meet individuals from all nationalities and cultures.
16. Awards & Scholarships
The Class of 2011 was awarded more than $7.1 million in college scholarships. Of our 128 graduates, 23 were Illinois State Scholars and 2 were National Merit Commended students.