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8 a.m. Saturday January 13 at Archdiocesan High Schools

CHICAGO, IL (January 3, 2007)—At 8 a.m. on Saturday, January 13, Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic high schools will administer their annual placement tests. Catholic, private or public elementary school eighth grade students who plan to attend Archdiocesan high schools beginning in Fall, 2007 should report to the high school they wish to attend to take the test.

According to Dr. Nicholas Wolsonovich, Superintendent of Schools for the Archdiocese of Chicago, “More than 90 percent of students who take the test are accepted into the school of their choice. Also taken into consideration are a student’s elementary records and input from teachers and parents.”

Those interested in taking the test are asked to bring two No. 2 pencils and a check or money order for the $25 exam fee made payable to the school. Test results will be mailed to students on February 15, 2007.

The exceptions to the placement test requirement are Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Chicago and St. Martin de Porres High School in Waukegan which do not offer these tests. Students interested in attending either of these high schools should contact the schools’ Admissions Directors.

The North Central Association, the largest regional evaluation and accreditation organization in the United States, accredits each Archdiocese of Chicago high school and requires professional development for teachers. Catholic high school students in the Archdiocese of Chicago have a 96% attendance rate and a 99% graduation rate, with 94% of graduates enrolling in a college or university.

For a copy of the Archdiocesan brochure that includes contact information and individual school profiles, please call 312--5250. The brochure may also be downloaded from the Catholic Schools’ web page on the Archdiocesan web site at

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