Getting Started

We pride ourselves in the holistic approach we use for our admissions decisions.

Mount  Alvernia accepts students based on their potential: the potential quality of their character and the potential breadth of their future accomplishments. No one aspect of a student’s credentials is more important than another. Each part of the application, from the student essay to teacher recommendations to the interview, are all of major importance in determining a candidate’s potential for success at Mount Alvernia High School. This approach yields a student body that not only crosses socioeconomic and demographic lines but also provides a broad range of academic ability and promise.

Admission Policies

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 Fees

Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE): 7th & 8th grades: $95
Archdiocesan High School Entrance Examination: $30

Mount Alvernia High School Application Fee: $40

Admission Criteria

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 current faculty
  • Personal interview with a member of the Admissions Committee

To apply to Mount Alvernia, please follow the guidelines below based on grade level.

Application Instructions

Mount Alvernia High School is one of the Boston area schools using a web-based application called Ravenna for the submission of online applications.

Ravenna allows you to efficiently apply to schools and track the status of your application online.  Additionally, through Ravenna you will be able to schedule admission events and view decision notification.

How to start

To begin your application, go to Ravenna and create an account.  Make sure to create your account using an email address you will have access to throughout the admission season as this will be your primary email contact with our school.

Support or Help

If at any point you should have a question about Ravenna and your application, please contact them at customercare@ravennasolutions.com.  Ravenna is happy to answer your inquiry by phone, however, they require that all support inquiries are initiated through the email address you used to create your Ravenna account.  It is important that they are able to validate your access to any information about your applicant’s account to protect your privacy.

Grades 7 – 8

Attend our Open House on Sunday, November 6, 2016, 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.
Shadow days at Mount Alvernia High School are a great way to see what a typical day is like for as a student. The prospective student will shadow a member of the grade they would be entering in the fall.

The day will consist of five classes and lunch. The shadow day begins at 7:40 and ends at 1:00pm.

Shadow dates occur between November 8 – December 16, 2016 and February 7 – March 14, 2017.  Registration for Shadow Days will be available at Open House or  by contacting the Admissions Office.

For entrance into grades 7 & 8, students must register and take the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE). The ISEE will be offered at Mount Alvernia High School on November 19,2016 at 8:00 a.m.

Students need to register for the exam directly with the testing agency, Educational Records Bureau. You can register online  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, 2016.
Complete the online application by December 9, 2016. 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 and are due by December 9, 2016.

Upon receiving a complete application package, the school will send a letter to applicants to schedule an interview.  Priority for interviews will be given to complete application packages received by December 9, 2016. The interview letters will be mailed on December 13, 2016.

Interviews will be held on January 4, 5 & 9, 2017.

Decision letters will be mailed on February 6, 2017.

Grade 9

Attend our Open House on Sunday, November 6, 2016, 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.
Shadow days at Mount Alvernia High School are a great way to see what a typical day is like for as a student. The prospective student will shadow a member of the grade they would be entering in the fall.

The day will consist of five classes and lunch. The shadow day begins at 7:40 and ends at 1:00pm.

Shadow dates occur between November 8 – December 16, 2016 and February 7 – March 14, 2017.  Registration for Shadow Days will be available at Open House or  by contacting the Admissions Office.

The Archdiocesan High School Entrance Examination (HSPT) will be administered on Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 8:00 am at Mount Alvernia and at most Catholic high schools.

For more information about the exam, including other testing locations, and to register, please visit: boston.stsusers.com

Registration for the exam is available at our Open House on November 6, 2016 and other participating Catholic high schools during the months of October and November.

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.

Please note: Applicants do not need to take the exam here but must be sure to have the exam results sent to the school. The student may indicate on the registration form up to five schools to which her exam results will be sent. We are not administering the December HSPT exam. 

Applicants may sit for the exam at another location or on another date: October 29, 2016, November 5, 2016, November 19, 2016, December 3, 2016.

Complete the online application by December 9, 2016. 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 and are due by December 9, 2016.

Upon receiving a complete application package, the school will send a letter to applicants to schedule an interview.  Priority for interviews will be given to complete application packages received by December 9, 2016. The interview letters will be mailed on December 13, 2016.

Interviews will be held on January 4, 5 & 9, 2017.

Decision letters will be mailed on February 6, 2017.