Mount Alvernia High School is a private, college preparatory Catholic high school for young women in grades 7-12. We adhere to the nondiscrimination policy of the Department of Education of the Archdiocese of Boston:
- Non-public schools of the Archdiocese of Boston admit students of any race, color, national, and ethnic origin to all
- The rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the schools. They do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national, and ethnic origin in the administration of educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, and in the hiring of school personnel.
Admission to Mount Alvernia High School is determined by the following criteria:
- Completion of admissions application
- Performance on entrance examination
- Elementary or middle school transcript
- Recommendations from school teachers
- Personal interview with a member of the Admissions Committee
Attend our Open House on Sunday, November 3, 2013, from 1:30 to 4:00 p.m. There will be tours of the school and an opportunity to meet the students, faculty, and parents. We encourage all prospective applicants and their parents to attend this important event.
Pick up an information packet at the Open House if you have not already done so. The packet contains an application, permission for release of records form and an academic catalog.
For entrance into grades 7 & 8, students must register and submit scores for the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE). The ISEE will be offered at Mount Alvernia High School on Saturday, November 16 and Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 8:30 a.m. Students need to register for the exam directly with the testing agency, Educational Records Bureau. You can register online at www.iseetest.org or by phone at 1-800-446-0320.
Each student will receive her scores directly from the testing agency, Educational Records Bureau. Please be sure to request that your scores are sent to Mount Alvernia High School. If you are a resident of the City of Boston and have sat for the public school exam, you will need to contact ERB to have your scores forwarded to Mount Alvernia High School. Results must be submitted by December 31, 2013.
On Saturday, November 16, 2013 and December 14, 2013 the Archdiocesan High School Entrance Examination for students entering grade 9 will be administered in most Catholoic high schools. Mount Alvernia High School will also administer this entrance exam on November 16, 2013. Registration for the exam is conducted through the participating Catholic high schools during the months of October and November and at our Open House on November 3, 2013. The required exam fee of $30.00 and a registration form must be completed at the school where the student intends to take the examination. Applicants to Grade 9 at Mount Alvernia high School need not take the exam here but must be sure to have the exam results sent here. The student may indicate on the registration form up to five schools to which her exam results will be sent.
Registering for and taking the entrance examination does not automatically mean that a student has completed the application process. This step only fulfills the entrance examination requirement of the application process.
Complete the application, obtain all supporting documents, and send the entire application package to the school by December 20, 2013. Priority will be given to applications received by that date.
Recommendation forms from English, math, language teachers and the principal or guidance counselor must be sent directly from them to Mount Alvernia High School, with priority given to complete applications received by December 20, 2013.
Applicants to Grades 7 and 8 will be contacted by letter for an interview only if the complete application package is received in the school office. Priority for interviews will be given to complete application packages received by December 20, 2013. The interview letters will be mailed on January 22, 2014.
Applicants to Grades 7 and 8 who have completed the application process will be informed by letter of the admissions committee's decision; the letters will be mailed on February 14, 2014. If a student has not completed the process and had an interview, she will not receive a letter.
Applicants to Grade 9 will be contacted for an interview on January 14, 2014, only if the complete application package is received in the school office. Priority for interviews will be given to complete application packages received by December 20, 2013.
Applicants to Grade 9 who have completed the application process will be informed by letter of the admissions committee's decision. The letters will be mailed on February 14, 2014. If a student has not completed the process and had an interview, she will not receive a letter.
All registration forms and nonrefundable seat deposits for Grade 9 must be received in the Mount Alvernia High School office no later than noon on March 21, 2014. If we do not receive a student's registration form and seat deposit by that date and time, we will contact students whose names are on the waiting list.
Students who have been accepted to Grades 7, 8 and 9 and their parents will be invited to attend the Accepted Students Night on Wednesday, March 5, 2014. This meeting will give them an opportunity to receive an overview of the academic program, speak with current students, faculty and alumnae and register for the upcoming academic year.
All registration forms and nonrefundable seat deposits for Grades 7 and 8 must be received in the Mount Alvernia High School office no later than noon March 21, 2014. If we do not receive a student's registration form and seat deposit by that date and time, we will contact students whose names are on the waiting list.
All registered incoming students and their parents should plan to attend the Incoming Students Orientation Night on Tuesday, April 29, 2014. At this time students will be measured for uniforms; receive testing results, summer reading assignments, book lists; and have an opportunity to meet with various members of the Mount Alvernia High School faculty and staff.