High School Guidance 2021-2022

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Welcome to the High School Guidance Page!  Here’s some things you can do to familiarize yourself with high school admissions AND look here for updated information on open houses, scholarship tests, and any other important deadlines or information regarding high school admissions. Also, if your child has an individualized learning plan, please make sure it is current so that your child will qualify for any necessary accommodations. Any questions please contact Mr. Moloney at bmoloney@stpatrickca.org.


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Fall High School Meetings:

In the beginning school months I will be available for one-on-one in person meetings regarding high school placement. Available 30 minute meeting appointments will be Tuesday-Thursday 3-3:30 and 3:30-4 PM. Meetings will be held only on ZOOM. Please use the following link to sign up for an appointment: https://calendly.com/stphighschoolmeetings/30min

  • Catholic High Schools:

Your child will take the TACHS (Test for Admission into Catholic High Schools) in the fall, so start taking tours of high schools that interest you. Browse high school websites for information about online applications, scholarship exams, curriculum, sports, activities, college prep/advanced placement courses, honors programs, programs that offer guidance/resources, financial aid availability, etc. Visit tachsinfo.com for updated information on the TACHS. Here’s just some of the information you can find on the website:

What is the Test Content?

  • READING  In the Reading test, students will be presented with a variety of materials, both informational and literary. The questions will measure students’ ability to answer questions in factual, interpretative, and evaluative comprehension. They may have to answer questions about the main idea, author’s purpose, the meaning of a word in context, and other types of comprehension questions.
  • WRITTEN EXPRESSION  This is a test about writing in Standard English. Some of the questions focus on the most appropriate way to express the ideas in a piece of writing. Questions may address organization, sentence structure, clarity, and effective or appropriateness of expression. Other questions ask students to identify the line of text that contains an error.
  • MATHEMATICS  Questions on the Mathematics test are drawn from the areas of number sense and operations, algebraic patterns and connections, data analysis/probability/statistics, geometry, and measurement.
  • ABILITY  This test measures students’ learned reasoning abilities. Although grounded in biological processes, these abilities are developed through in-school and out-of-school experiences. The questions assess students’ abilities to reason with somewhat more novel questions that use spatial and figural content. The questions show how well students use their reasoning skills to solve problems they may or may not have been directly taught.

How Much Does it Cost to Take the TACHS Exam?

  • An examination fee of $65 includes a student handbook, test materials, and the reporting of scores to the three high schools of your choice.

How Do I Register?

  • There are 2 methods of registration available. The preferred method is Internet registration because it is instantaneous. Telephone registration is also available. Please visit tachsinfo.com for registration information.

TACHS Student Handbook

  • Please note that the 2021 Student Handbook became available online in Late July 2021 at tachsinfo.com.

Extended Time Accommodations

  • The only accommodation allowed will be extended testing time. The IEP or evaluation form must be submitted with the eligibility form in order to qualify. Eligibility forms must be received in the Diocesan office by October 8, 2021. Please note that the eligibility form can be found at tachsinfo.com.


  • Late July 2021 – Student Handbook is available electronically at tachsinfo.com (Prior to registering – Review system requirements and devices required for testing prior to registration.)
  • August 23, 2021 – Registration available via Internet at tachsinfo.com and telephone at 1-866-61TACHS.
  • Aug. 23-November 5 – Enter your HS choices in tachsinfo.com. You may update your choices up until the deadline. If you do not complete this process, your scores will not be provided to any High Schools.
  • October 8, 2021 – Deadline for submitting request and supporting documentation to diocese for extended testing time accommodation.
  • October 24, 2021 (5:00 EST) – Deadline for Internet and telephone registration.
  • November 1-5, 2021 – Obtain your test session date/time/session code available
  • on tachsinfo.com. Students will be randomly assigned to 1 of 3 different times on their assigned test date (no time preference accepted). No paper notifications will be sent.
  • November 2-5, 2021 – Call 1-866-61TACHS if you are not able to obtain your test session code.
  • November 5, 2021 – Deadline for entering your High School choices on tachsinfo.com.
  • November 6, 2021 (SATURDAY) – VIRTUAL TACHS ADMINISTRATION for Diocese of Brooklyn/Queens.
  • January 2022- Earliest release of admission notices by high schools via email, mail, or phone.
  • February 2022 – Response Cards due back to high schools.


  • Please note the following Catholic high schools are a few that require different admissions procedures. Visit their websites for more details if you are interested in applying for admission.
  • Regis – Admission to Regis is highly competitive. To be eligible an applicant must be a baptized Roman Catholic boy with excellent grades and standardized testing.
  • Marymount – Marymount School is a Catholic day school that seeks to educate young women. The Butler Scholar Program provides opportunities for academically gifted students with outstanding leadership potential and exemplary personal values to attend Marymount.
  • Convent of the Sacred Heart – At Sacred Heart, students are challenged to grow through a rigorous academic curriculum, comprehensive arts program, competitive athletics, meaningful service initiatives, and global study opportunities. The Sacred Heart Scholarship is a partial merit scholarship awarded to young women who show strong leadership and character and score in the 95th percentile or above on standardized testing.
  • Loyola – Loyola School challenges its young men and women to become intellectually fulfilled, open to growth, religious, and committed to doing justice.


  • Public High Schools:

The 2021 NYC High School Admissions Guide is now available online as a PDF (at https://www.schools.nyc.gov/enrollment/enroll-grade-by-grade/high-school/nyc-high-school-admissions-guide) for families of students who will be participating in high school admissions during the 2021-2022 school year and is designed as two guides in one detailing High School and Specialized High Schools Admissions and the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT), featuring practice tests.

Private/Independent High Schools:

Start exploring your options by browsing various high school websites for information. In the fall, parents of students seeking admission may be required to establish a Ravenna account, schedule an interview for their child,  and may be required to register their child to take an independent test for admission such as the ISEE (Independent Schools Entrance Exam), HSPT (High School Placement Test), or the SSAT (Secondary Schools Admissions Test).  Speak with a representative in the admissions office at each high school to give you further information on applying for admission.












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