Admissions Procedures - Middle & Prep Divisions
The following is required of all students seeking admission to the Middle or Prep Divisions:
A Completed Application
Candidates must first visit the School to pick up the application materials. The Application for Admission must be filled in by the applicant himself entirely in his own handwriting with parents' and teachers' help. Blank application packets are not sent by mail.
The personal essay is very important; it should written exclusively by the candidate and should fill the back page. Neatness is required. The original application should be returned to St. Benedict’s. Photocopies and faxes are much less attractive and do not enhance the candidate’s prospects.
The candidate’s current school must send:
- A copy of the most recent report card
- A transcript of past grades from the last two years in school
- The results of standardized test scores
- A Teacher's Recommendation (English, Science, History, Math, Religion)
If a St. Benedict's student, parent, alumnus, or friend knows the candidate personally, that person may be asked to write a letter of nomination for the candidate.
Since school begins in July and classes fill up quickly, it is important that all materials be returned as soon as possible and certainly by the application deadlines (Dec. 31). It is the candidate’s own responsibility to ensure that the admissions office has received a completed application, including checking with teachers to be sure that the school has sent all required materials before the deadline. The admissions committee cannot make a decision on an incomplete application, no matter who is at fault. There may not be space left in the class by the time the application is finally complete.
A personal interview at St. Benedict's by a faculty member, alumnus, parent, or member of our Senior Class is required of all candidates.
Attendance at an Open House
All prospective students should call the admissions office and make an appointment to attend an Open House in the fall or winter. There will be a narrated slide show, a tour, handouts, and personal interviews will be conducted.
Parent Orientation and Summer Phase
All parents/guardians are required to attend an orientation for new families. Admitted students must attend Summer Phase, beginning in July.
Applicants and their families should familiarize themselves with the graduation requirements, financial obligations, the phases of the 11-month school year, the program of Freshman Year including the Overnight Week and the Backpacking Project, the Group System with its heavy reliance on student leadership, the honor code, and the importance of cooperation in the maintenance of discipline and a healthy good order.
St. Benedict’s Preparatory School
520 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard
Newark, NJ 07102-1314