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CHICAGO, IL (January 6, 2009) -Catholic high schools across the Archdiocese of Chicago will administer the annual placement tests for elementary school eighth grade students on Saturday, January 10, at 8 a.m.

Catholic, public or private school students interested in attending Catholic high schools in the Archdiocese this coming fall should report to the high school they wish to attend to take the test. Students 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 16, 2009.

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 have a 96 percent attendance rate and a 98 percent graduation rate, with 95 percent of graduates enrolling in a college or university. In 2008, graduating seniors were offered more than $150 million in college scholarships.

For answers to questions related to placement testing, a guide for students and their families is posted on the Catholic schools’ web page on the Archdiocesan web site at

Please Note: Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Chicago, Christ the King Jesuit College Prep in Chicago and St. Martin de Porres High School in Waukegan do not offer these placement tests. Students interested in attending any of these three high schools should contact the appropriate admissions directors.

The Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Chicago, with over 90,000 students and more than 6,000 teachers and staff, play a critical role in the life of the community by instilling values, teaching discipline and achieving strong, consistent academic results for students of many races, faiths and backgrounds in the 218 elementary and 40 secondary schools in Cook and Lake counties. Parents or guardians seeking information about Catholic schools of the Archdiocese of Chicago are encouraged to visit and click on Catholic Schools.

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