How to Apply
Eighth and Ninth Grade Admissions l Placement Tests and Registration l Transfer Admissions
Eighth and Ninth Grade Admissions
Students are admitted to the 8th and 9th grade at Pope John who show evidence of their ability to succeed and perform satisfactorily in the academic program offered by the school.
Parents who wish to seek admission for their children to Pope John should make formal application during the fall of the student's eighth grade year.
Formal application must include the following documents:
- Completed Pope John Application
- Copies of their school records for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade which show the grades received and placement level for all courses (as applicable)
- Standardized achievement and aptitude testing scores
- Copy of their attendance records
Applications for Admission are available two ways:
Directly from Pope John.
Download Application and Mail in HERE.
(There is no application fee required.)
Cooperative Admissions Exam
The test is designed to measure scholastic aptitude in verbal and non-verbal abilities, and achievement in reading, mathematics, and language.
Eighth grade students applying for Fall 2013 admission to Catholic high schools in the Diocese of Paterson. Applications and fees will be processed from September 1, 2012 through October 26, 2012. By applying early you will have a much better chance of being assigned to a test site of your choice.
The examination fee of $50 will include reporting scores to three diocesan high schools of your choice. To have your scores reported directly to Pope John please use the school code 149.
Beginning September 1st you may obtain an application and handbook from a Catholic elementary or high school. You also may write to the Cooperative Admissions Examination Office at the address below. To apply on-line, visit the COOP web page at www.coopexam.org, or call 888-921-2667 weekdays between 8:30 AM and 8:30 PM Eastern Standard Time. Please call Anne Kaiser at Pope John at 973-729-6125, ext. 255 if you have any questions.
The test will be given at Pope John XXIII High School, 28 Andover Road, Sparta, New Jersey, on Friday, November 9, 2012, starting at 8:00 AM and ending at about 12:45 PM.
For Further Information
MCS Scoring Center
4603 Middle Country Road
Calverton, NY 11933
All applicants are required to sit for the examination which is administered in early November.
Evaluation and Acceptance
Personal interviews are not required as part of the admission process. The Administration may, however, request an interview with the applicant and his/her parents if the need is felt for more information.
If there are special conditions which should be considered in reviewing the student's application, parents must provide the school with the pertinent data, ie., students with a documented specific learning disability must forward the most current educational evaluation, psychological evaluation, and social history assessment. Failure to make known conditions that could affect the student's full participation in the total educational program of the school or the satisfactory completion of graduation requirements will be grounds for the school to withdraw any offer of admission.
Completed applications are reviewed during the months of November and December. Applicants are notified of their admission status in January.
All offers of admission are preliminary, and are contingent upon the student's successful completion of 8th grade. The records of all prospective students are reviewed again in July. The Administration reserves the right to withdraw the offer of admission if it notes a significant change in the prospective student's academic or behavioral performance.
All information concerning the student which is gathered during the admissions process is considered confidential. Should the parent withdraw the student's application, or should the student not be offered admission, the student's admission file will be destroyed.
New Student Registration
After the applicant has been offered admission to the ninth grade, it is necessary to finalize the acceptance through formal registration.
All incoming freshmen will sit for placement exams in Math, Science, and English on Saturday, February 23, 2013 for English, Science, Math and History at 8 AM. Each of the above exams will last approximately one hour.
Placement tests in World languages will be given on Saturday, March 2, 2013 at 8 AM (if trying to go into second year). Only students seeking placement in Honors World Cultures, or the second year of a World Language need to sit for these exams.
Please use the following study guide for the Science placement test. It will be based entirely on this guide.
Science Study Guide
Registration for incoming ninth grade students will be held on March 10, 2013 at 3:00 PM and March 11, 2013 at 7:30 PM. At the time of registration, the parents and student meet with members of the faculty and Guidance staff to plan a course of study for the ninth grade year. All course selections are subject to faculty review and approval.
For registration information please call Anne Kaiser at (973) 729-6125 ext.255
Transfer students are admitted to grades 10 and 11 if space is available in the class. Parents who wish to apply for admission of their child to grade 10 or 11 must obtain and complete an application for admission. Students are normally not admitted to 12th grade, except in cases where the family is moving into the area.
Applicants are required to submit copies of their academic records from 6th, 7th and 8th grade, together with a transcript showing courses taken and grades received to date in high school, as well as their scores on all standardized achievement and aptitude testing administered in their schools. While a special entrance examination is not required, the Administration may request that the student sit for specialized placement examinations.
All students seeking admission to grades 10, 11, or 12 and their parents are required to have an admission interview with the Administration as part of the admission process. The parents should call the school after the application has been submitted to arrange an appointment for the interview. All students seeking admission to grades 10, 11, and 12 are subject to testing for use of illegal drugs.
Evaluation and Acceptance
If there are special conditions which should be considered in reviewing the student's application, parents are encouraged to make those conditions known to us either in writing or through the interview. Failure to make known conditions that could affect the student's full participation in the total educational program of the school or the satisfactory completion of graduation requirements will be grounds for the school to withdraw any offer of admission
After the student's academic records have been reviewed and the student and his/her parents have been interviewed, an admission decision will be made.
Student's who are offered admission will need to formally register. Parents should call the Guidance Office to make an appointment for registration. At the time of registration, the parents and student will meet with a member of the Guidance staff to plan a course of study.
Please call the Guidance Office at 973-729-6125, ext. 227