High School Placement Test Information

Dear Parents, 

Registration for the High School Placement Test (HSPT) will open on Tuesday, September 14 online at Baltimore.stsusers.com.  The high school admission page on the Archdiocese of Baltimore website contains valuable information about the high school process and important dates.  You may access this information by using the following link:  https://www.archbalt.org/schools/our-schools/high-school-admissions.   Below are key points about test registration procedures:
  1. Students/parents should register for the HSPT via the online registration portal.  The Release of Records form has been eliminated for those registering for the test online. When registering online for the test, parents will give permission for the release of records from St. Ursula to the selected high schools.  St. Ursula will receive a list of the high schools to which each of the students is applying. 
  2. St. Ursula Grade 8 students should register to take the HSPT at St. Ursula School on Wednesday, December 1.  
  3. Uploading of documentation for testing accommodations can be done online as part of the HSPT registration process and must be submitted no later than November 19, 2021. All documentation should date no earlier than the 5th grade year.  
Please be reminded that each 8th grade student is eligible for two excused absence days in order to have  shadow day experiences at the high schools.  Please contact the admissions offices of the prospective high schools in order to obtain information about available options.  In order for a student to receive an excused absence for a shadow day, you must submit verification from the high school confirming the shadow day experience.  There is a form available on the St. Ursula School website under the “Forms” tabs or the high school may send an email to Mrs. Madgar at lmadgar@stursula.org in order to confirm participation in a shadow experience. If the high schools offer shadow experiences on either October 8 or October 11, these days might be options for a third shadow day since St. Ursula School will not be in session on these dates. There is also an early dismissal on October 12 due to parent-teacher conferences.  
Information about virtual and in-person high school fairs was included in the week’s “What Ahead Wednesday” newsletter.  

You should have already received information about the High School Placement Test prep course being offered by the Archdiocese of Baltimore.  The link is https://www.archbalt.org/schools/hspt-prep-course/. The deadline to register for this course is September 20.  

Please do not hesitate to contact Mrs. Madgar at lmadgar@stursula.org or by calling the school office with your questions or concerns about this email or any matters related to the high school admissions process.  We are always here to help.  Thank you.

Sincerely in faith, hope, and love,
Lisa L. Madgar
Interim Principal