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Important Dates

September 2018
September 18 Grade School Night (Men’s Soccer), Rockets vs. Badin, 5 p.m. (JV), 7 p.m. (Varsity)
Future Rockets in grades K-8 receive FREE admission when wearing grade school or McNicholas spirit wear. Come cheer on your future high school team as they take on their GCL Co-Ed opponent, the Badin Rams. This is also a special night as it’s the first men’s soccer game under the new stadium lights! Please join us for special pre-game festivities!

September 25 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.

September 28 Grade School Night, Rockets vs. Fenwick (football), 7 p.m.
Future Rockets in grades K-8 receive FREE admission when wearing grade school or McNicholas spirit wear. Come cheer on your future high school team as they take on their feathered foe, the Fenwick Falcons.

October 2018

October 2 Grade School Night, Rockets vs. Roger Bacon (Women’s Volleyball), 4:30 p.m./5:30 p.m./6:30 p.m.
Future Rockets in grades K-8 receive FREE admission when wearing grade school or McNicholas spirit wear. Come cheer on your future high school team as they take on the Roger Bacon Spartans.

October 3   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 3 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 21 Open House, 1-4 p.m.
Families of students in 6th -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 

DATE CHANGE--October 30 Halloween Band Concert, 7 p.m. 
Students of all ages and families are invited to join us for a “spooktacular” evening of music. Grade school students will receive a special treat!

November 2018

November 2 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 6 Future Thespian “Behind The Scenes” Event, 6-8 p.m. 
Students in 7th and 8th grade are invited to join us for a glimpse of the magic that happens behind the scenes of a fall production. Spots are limited to 20 students. To register, click here.

November 15  Last day to register for the Entrance Exam

November 17 Entrance Exam, 8:30 a.m. Must pre-register. No walk-ins permitted.

November 18 Application deadline for the following:

·         Application for Admission

·         Scholarship (Class of 2023 only)

·         Financial Aid

November 27 Make-up Entrance Exam. Must pre-register. No walk-ins permitted.

November 30 Theatre I Audition Request Due
Students who wish to register for Theatre I as a freshman must audition. Auditions will be held by on December 4 and 5, by appointment only. To request an audition, click here.

December 2018

December 5 Last Day to Shadow for 2018

December 7

·         Grade School Records Due. Catholic school students will request records through the grade school. Public school students should request records to be mailed to the admissions office.

·         Online Art Portfolio due for 8th graders wishing to register for Foundation Art as a freshman.

December 9, Lessons & Carols, 7 p.m., Guardian Angels Parish
Lessons and Carols will feature the very dedicated and talented McNicholas High School Liturgy Choir under the direction of Dr. Loretta Graner. This year will feature selections of Celtic music, Pentatonix, and more. Future Rockets will receive a special Christmas treat for attending!

December 14 Grade School Night, Rockets vs. Alter (Men’s Basketball), 4:30 p.m./6 p.m./7:30 p.m.
Future Rockets in grades K-8 receive FREE admission when wearing grade school or McNicholas spirit wear. Come cheer on your future high school team as they take on the Alter Knights.

January 2019

January 16 Acceptance Letters for Class of 2023 mailed via USPS.

January 16-21 Archdiocesan No Contact Period (families may contact the admissions office during this time)

January 25 St. Joseph Scholars Reception (by invitation only), 6:30 p.m.

January 30 Band Day and Class of 2023 band scholarship auditions. Contact Mr. Keith Nance for more information at

January 29 Last Look Open House for undecided 8th grader 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 31 Class of 2023 Registration Night
Students and families will enjoy a fun evening of becoming a Rocket! You’ll receive your special class T-shirt and have a personalized one-on-one meeting with a faculty member to select your courses for freshman year.

Spring 2019

April TBD Experience the Arts Night
Future painters, potters, sculptures, singers, actors, and musicians are invited to experience the arts—McNicholas style. Students will receive a special gift for attending this inspiring event.

May 3 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. 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.

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