Welcome to Saint Joseph High School!
There are several opportunities to visit and learn why we are the only high school in Pittsburgh to be a School of Excellence (Top 50 Catholic High School in the Nation) since 2006. Contact us to Discover Your St. Joe's!
9th GRADE APPLICATION PROCESS
1) Submit the Official SJHS Admissions Application and $50 application fee.
2) All SJHS 9th grade applicants are required to take the STS HSPT (Placement Test) at SJHS. See dates below. Register online.
The placement test will be administered on the following dates at the SJHS Science and Technology Center:
Saturday, November 14 9:00 am—12:00 pm
Saturday, December 12 9:00 am—12:00 pm
Register online. Students should arrive at 8:45am. Dress is casual and a number 2 pencil is required. If you have applied to SJHS by submitting the admissions application there is no fee to take the test. If you have not yet registered you can bring your admissions application to the placement test. If you do not apply to SJHS there is a $10 placement test fee to pay at the door upon entrance. If you are taking the placement test with us and need us to send our your scores to another school there is a $25 fee. While students are testing a meeting for parents/guardians will take place in the Maloney Room on the 2nd floor to discuss the Admissions process and answer any questions. A brief tour will take place after the meeting.
To register contact Mrs. Shane Palumbo ’92 at 724-226-4932 or email@example.com.
3) Once a student is accepted to the freshmen class a $100 commitment deposit is required to reserve a student’s place by April 1.
4) At the end of the 8th grade school year final records are required from the student's elementary school. Students must submit a record request form to his/her school.
Saint Joseph High School Academic Scholarships
Deadline: November 16; One time only
- Open to all entering freshmen who graduate from a Catholic Elementary school
- Must have maintained a B+ average (3.5 QPA)
- Must have taken the Scholarship Placement Test at SJHS (Nov 14)
- Completed application which includes a description of community service and a typed essay.
- Request an academic transcript be sent to SJHS from elementary school.
Saint Joseph High School has the most affordable tuition in the Pittsburgh Diocese! The 2020-2021 school year tuition per student $10,200 (Catholic family rate) and $10,500 (non-Catholic family rate). There is a second child tuition credit of $500.
Set up Tuition Payments
Families may set up tuition payments via FACTS. Tuition must be paid in full by the last day of school.
FINANCING YOUR EDUCATION
Financial Assistance is available and awarded in the form of scholarships, financial aid and grants. In order to be considered for financial assistance families are required to complete a FACTS Financial Aid Form. These applications are available in January and require supporting documentation (income tax return, etc.). If you have received financial assistance, a grant or a scholarship from SJHS for the previous school year, these awards are not automatically renewable. In order to be considered for continued assistance you must reapply each year. If you are a registered in coming freshman, you will automatically receive information to apply.
In order to be considered for financial assistance a FACTS Financial Aid Form must be completed and submitted by March 15. These forms are available per the instructions below and differ per Diocese.
Pittsburgh Diocese Tuition Assistance
Amount: Varies with individual need Deadline: March 31 Eligibility: Open to students who are registered in a parish in the Pittsburgh Diocese and demonstrate financial need based on the application. The application must be filled out online.
Pittsburgh Diocesan Subsidy
Amount: $125 Deadline: None Eligibility: All students who are members of the Pittsburgh Diocese receive a grant of $125 from the Diocese in support of their education at SJHS.
Greensburg Diocese Tuition Assistance
Amount: Varies with individual need Deadline: March 31 Eligibility: Open to students who are registered in a parish in the Greensburg Diocese and demonstrate financial need based on the FACTS Grant and Aid Assessment application. Diocese of Greensburg Grant and Aid Assessment: http://www.factstuitionaid.com
OTHER RESOURCES FOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
Armstrong County Community Foundation
The Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program offers scholarships for eligible students to attend approved private Pre-K-12 schools in Armstrong and surrounding counties. The application deadline for ETIC scholarships is July 15th of each year.
Many 8th grade students participate in Junior Achievement which allows students to apply for academic scholarships for a Catholic High School. Once at SJHS students have the opportunity to continue to apply for these scholarships when participating in JA day at an elementary school. Learn more.
SJHS Financial Aid
Amount: Varies with individual need Deadline: March 31 Eligibility: – Completion of financial aid form(s) mentioned above. – Families with one child in a household income allowance of $60,000 or less. Add $10,000 for each additional dependent.
VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSE
SJHS hosted a VIRTUAL Open House on October 14. The event was recorded. View it here. Meet faculty, student and parents. Learn about the SJHS curriculum, college in high school program sports, activities and clubs.
IN-PERSON OPEN HOUSE
The SJHS Open House provides interested students and families the opportunity to tour the campus, meet faculty, current students and parents, and learn more about SJHS. Register online.
REGISTRATION REQUIRED DUE TO COVID-19.
Saturday, November 7 10am – 12 pm
SPARTAN VIRTUAL CALLS
Due to COVID-19 there will be no shadow days during the first semester. Instead, 8th grade students can schedule a VIRTUAL SPARTAN VISIT with Spartan Leaders. Current Spartans will tell the 8th grade student all about SJHS. Students and families can ask any questions as well.
Contact Admissions Director Mrs. Shane Palumbo '92 to schedule a virtual visit: admissions@SaintJosephHS.com or 724-226-4932.
PRIVATE TOURS AVAILABLE BY APPOINTMENT
Call to schedule a private tour of our campus. Tours can be scheduled any day of the week including evenings and weekends. We will find a time that will work for your busy schedule. Masks and social distancing are required.
BUS ROUTES TO SJHS
Public school districts in PA are required to provide transportation (at no cost) to a Catholic School if the school district is within a 10-mile radius of SJHS AND the school district provides transportation to their public high school students. The school districts included are: Burrell, Deer Lakes, Fox Chapel, Franklin Regional, Freeport, Highlands, Kiski, Leechburg, New Kensington, Plum Borough, and South Butler.
In addition, SJHS private busing is available from Butler/Mars, Ford City/Kittanning, Oakmont/Penn Hills/Verona, and Shaler. Each student’s family is required to contribute $475 for the entire school year for a private bus.
For more information on transportation, please contact Mrs. Ann Litz: alitz@SaintJosephHS.com or 724-224-4100.
If your current high school experience isn’t quite what you expected, consider Saint Joseph High School. If you are thinking about transferring, we may be able to help. Transfer Students are admitted on a rolling admission.
1) Schedule a private tour.
2) Schedule your Shadow Day and be a Spartan for a Day.
3) Submit the Official SJHS Transfer Student Application and $100 application fee.
4) Complete the Transfer Student Release of Records Form & return it to your high school.
5) Complete the Diocesan Discipline Form and submit to SJHS. It must be signed and notarized.
6) Parent & Student must attend an interview with the Admissions Committee.
7) Transfer Students are admitted on a rolling admission. Senior transfers are not accepted. Transfers do not need to take the placement test. No transfers are accepted after February 1.