High School Enrollment Process

Many high schools in the Archdiocese are single sex; two (Holy Cross in Louisville and Bethlehem High School in Bardstown) are co-educational. High schools welcome your questions and interest, and there are several opportunities listed below for families and students to experience the excellent secondary education that is available in the Archdiocese of Louisville.


Shadowing is an opportunity for students in grades 7 and 8 to experience a typical high school day. Call the Catholic secondary school at least 72 hours in advance to schedule a shadowing experience for your child. Shadowing is for students only. Parents may schedule a tour of the building at a later and more convenient time for the secondary school. Eighth-grade students shadow during the fall semester, and seventh-grade students shadow during the spring semester. Shadowing should be scheduled on days when elementary schools are not in session. (Please note that due to COVID-19 restrictions, shadowing is not taking place during the 2020-2021 school year.)

Open House

Open houses provide opportunities for students and parents to visit Catholic secondary school campuses. Open houses may include tours, special programs, and demonstrations. The format of the open house is interactive, and parents and students will have the opportunity to ask questions. For the open house dates of individual Catholic secondary schools, please refer to the listing of Catholic high schools.

Placement Test

Students in grade 8 who wish to attend a Catholic high school next year are required to take the Catholic high school placement test. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a condensed version of the test will be administered remotely online to students.  Students must preregister on the website of the high school of their choice by December 5, 2020.

Links to preregister can be found at

The test is scheduled for Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 9:00 a.m.

The test is free of charge. The online placement test is timed and is expected to take about 90 minutes. Extended time may be granted to students with special needs with appropriate documentation sent from the elementary school to the secondary school.

Students who do not have reliable internet or a device on which to take the remote assessment, as well as students with a documented need for accommodations beyond the extended time noted above, should reach out to the high school they plan on attending for other options by Monday, December 7.

The placement test helps Catholic secondary schools determine the most appropriate course work and academic path for meeting the needs of individual students. The condensed online version of the placement test will not be used to determine merit scholarships.  The process for determining merit scholarships will be communicated at a later date.  The placement test is only one of several tools used for academic placement. There are many variables that help determine whether or not students are accepted into the secondary school of their choice. Taking the placement test does not guarantee admission to a Catholic secondary school.

Acceptance Letters

Acceptance letters and notification of registration will be sent by all Catholic secondary schools in February of each year.