Admissions Process
Our admissions process begins by building a relationship with your family and is designed to help us get to know each girl personally. Our goal is to make the application process as streamlined as possible. The Admissions Team is here to guide you through every step of the way with personalized attention, and we look forward to working with your family!

Admissions decisions are based upon entrance testing, previous and current school records, personal interviews, and availability of openings. As a convenience to our applicant families, we utilize an electronic notification and enrollment process.

We thrive on relationships and love meeting prospective students and families in person, but the COVID-19 pandemic and the need for physical distancing requires us to approach the admissions process differently this year.  While St. Catherine's is open with on-campus teaching and learning, the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff is paramount. We are excited to share the school with prospective families and will be able to host visitors on campus on a limited basis. We will offer abbreviated campus previews and virtual info sessions for all grade levels. 

We are currently accepting applications for Fall 2022. While the application process will be different than it has been in the past, now is the perfect time to submit an application.


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  • Application for Grades 9-12

    • Submit an online application and non-refundable $50 fee.
    • Once you submit an application, the Admissions Office will send you supplemental information in order to complete the application process. 
  • Supplemental Forms & Transcripts

    St. Catherine’s requires supplemental forms and transcripts for each candidate as a part of the application process.

    Applicant & Family Forms:

    • Applicant Statement
    • Parent/Guardian Statement
    • Student Video Submission
    Transcripts and Recommendation Forms:
    • Math Teacher Recommendation
    • English Teacher Recommendation
    • Administrative Recommendation
    • School Transcript Release, transcripts and current year report cards
    • Personal Recommendation (Optional)
  • Interview

    Each applicant is asked to schedule an interview.  These meetings are scheduled through the application portal in SaintsNet.
  • Testing

    St. Catherine's requires the SSAT as a part of the application process. This assessment allows students to showcase their verbal, math, and reading skills. We will administer this assessment to our applicants in a safe, small group setting on Saturday mornings. Additional information will be shared with applicants.
  • Applicant Visit Days

    As a part of the application process, applicants are invited to join the Upper School for a Visit Day. Due to COVID-19, we are evaluating options for these visits. Details with dates will be provided to applicants throughout the application process.
  • Admissions Notifications

    First-round admissions notifications will be sent electronically for 2022-2023 enrollment on March 3, 2022 at 4 p.m.

    Admissions decisions will continue on a rolling basis after this date as space permits.

First Citizens Bank Merit Scholarship

Made possible by the Robert P. Holding Foundation, St. Catherine’s offers one merit scholarship opportunity annually to new students who apply to St. Catherine’s School in grades 9, 10 or 11. A separate scholarship application process is required. The Scholarship Application process will open in October 2021 for 2022-2023 Enrollment consideration. For more information click here or contact Jennifer Cullinan at
St. Catherine's admits qualified students without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation or national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to the students by the School.

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The best way to discover what a St. Catherine's education can do for your daughter is to visit us or call us at 804-281-7140. We can't wait to meet you!

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