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Important Dates

September 26 Shadow Season Begins (8th grade only)
Experience how awesome it is to be a Rocket for a day! Future Rockets will learn more about McNicholas by being personally escorted by one of our trained Ambassadors as the students observe a dynamic academic day. Also, students will be treated to lunch, and will dine with their host and other Rockets in our Café and Student Union. Students will also interview with a member of our Admissions Committee during their day. Space is limited each shadow day in order to give our guests the personal attention they deserve. To request a shadow day, click here.

October 5 Prospective Parent Information Night, 7-8 p.m. 
This engaging evening is designed for parents to mingle with other prospective parents and school faculty and staff, explore what McNicholas has to offer, and learn why a co-education high school better supports your child’s future. To RSVP, click here.

October 5   SAIL Information Session, 6-7 p.m.
This session will provide an overview of the support and accommodations provided for students accepted into our SAIL program. You will meet with the director of the program and will review the application process. There will be time for questions and answers within the group setting. To RSVP, click here.

October 10 Grade School Night, Rockets vs. Badin High School (Women’s Volleyball), 4:30 p.m.
Future Rockets in grades K-8 receive FREE admission. Come cheer on your future high school team as they take on the Badin Rams.

October 14 Grade School Day, Rockets vs. Chaminade Julienne (football), 1 p.m.
Future Rockets in grades K-8 receive FREE admission. Come cheer on your future high school team as they take on their feathered rival, the CJ Eagles.

October 15 Open House, 1-4 p.m.
Families of students in 5th -8th grade will choose from one of our unique “Pick Your Path” personalized tours. Each tour will be led by a student Ambassador. Choose from Arts & Humanities, STEM, Student-Athlete, or Explore tours. To learn more about the “Pick Your Path”tours, and to register online, click here.  

November 3 Entrance Exam/HPST Accommodations Request Due
In order to receive accommodations on the HSPT, your child must already be receiving the requested accommodations, and it must be noted on a formalized IEP/ISP. For qualified students, we will provide the following accommodations: Extended Time (50%), Reader, Large Print. Due to staffing availability, we cannot accommodate a 1:1 ratio. Approved students will receive accommodations for all sections of the test. To request accommodations, please contact your grade school principal for a request form. Students in public schools can contact the Admissions Office for a request form. All requests must be submitted to the Admissions Office by November 3. Any late requests will not be considered for the official testing date.

November 16 
Last day to register for the Entrance Exam

November 17

·         Application for Admission Due

·         Scholarship Applications Due (Class of 2022 only)

·         Financial Aid Applications Due

November 18 
Entrance Exam
, 8:30 a.m. Must pre-register. No walk-ins permitted.

November 28 
Make-up Entrance Exam. Must pre-register. No walk-ins permitted.

December 8

·         Grade School Records Due

·         Last Day to Shadow for 2017

December 22 Grade School Night, Rockets vs. Roger Bacon, (Men’s Basketball), 6 p.m.
Future Rockets in grades K-8 receive FREE admission. Come cheer on your future high school team as they take on the Roger Bacon Spartans!


January 9 
Theatre I Audition Request Due

January 10 
Acceptance Letters for Class of 2022 Mailed

January 10-15 
Archdiocesan No Contact Period (families may contact the admissions office during this time)

January 16 REFUEL-A “last look” for prospective families, 6-7:30 p.m.
This evening is designed to help undecided families make their final decision before registering for high school. School administrators and other faculty, including athletics will be available for questions.

January 16-17 
Theatre I Auditions (Class of 2022, by appointment only), 6-8 p.m.

January 17 
Art Portfolio Review Request Due

January 19 St. Joseph Scholars Reception (by invitation only), 6:30 p.m.

January 22 Art Portfolio Review, 2:45-4 p.m.

January 25 Class of 2022 Registration Night

January 29 Band Day and Class of 2022 band scholarship auditions

May 4 Rocket Launch! 6-8 p.m.
Future Rockets in 6th and 7th grade are invited to enjoy an evening of fun activities with McNicholas Ambassadors and enjoy a pizza dinner. The theme this year is “The END Hunger Games.” A special parent social with “grown up” fare will be held at the same time. Parents can relax, meet other future Rocket parents, and tour our facility. To learn more about this event, and to register click here.

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