FAQs


Does my student have to take the High School Placement Test (HSPT)?

Yes, all incoming 8th graders are required to take this test.  It is a standardized, nationally normed test.  Using this type of assessment allows Bishop McDevitt to see how 8th graders perform compared to their peers as well as nationally.  We are also able to provide parents with a detailed performance profile specific to their child’s results.  The performance profile is a detailed portrait of your child’s strengths and weaknesses.

The test is not a pass/fail.  It will not keep a student out of McDevitt if you do not perform well.  It is used to begin the process of understanding and gauging where each child fits best within our high school curriculum.  This test does not measure minimal benchmarks, but rather the student’s potential to learn.—similar to the SAT. We understand the HSPT is only one part of your child’s story when considering academic placement.

If my child is undecided about high school, could a visit be planned?

Absolutely.  These special days are called “Crusader for a Day” visits.  This day must be scheduled in advanced by contacting Mrs. Jill Hanes, Director of Admissions at 236-7973, ext. 2132 or admissions@bishopmcdevitt.org.  Your 8th grader will be paired with a freshman that is academically similar and shares the same interests.  Although we want the Future Crusader to enjoy the day, it is an academic day for the McDevitt student. These days are reserved for, but not excluded to, students who are undecided about which high school to attend.

This is a wonderful way for a young student to experience firsthand the classes and teachers at Bishop McDevitt.

Can my student attend Bishop McDevitt even if we are not Catholic?

The word “Catholic” means universal.  You may attend McDevitt if you are not Catholic.  All students are required to take four years of Religion classes, attend retreats, complete service hours and show respect and reverence for our Catholic traditions.

Can I receive financial assistance to help with the cost of tuition?

Yes, financial aid applications become available in February for the next school year.  Even if you are just thinking about McDevitt for the next school year, you should fill out the applications in February.  If you decide to attend after June there will be no money to give.  Bishop McDevitt has over $500,000 in scholarship monies.  There are three scholarships on our website. They are partial scholarships.  However, we do participate in the EITC 2 or Opportunity Scholarship for students who attend a distressed high school: Central Dauphin East, John Harris High School and Steelton-Highspire High School.  These students have the potential to be awarded a full tuition scholarship.

These scholarships are based on financial needs.  Copies of tax returns must accompany all forms.

During the school year, several named scholarships donated by parents, alumni and friends of Bishop McDevitt are also available.   Students must meet the criteria set forth by the scholarship and an essay is usually required.

Are there any fees associated with the Admission Application?

No.  The registration fee is only due after the student has received the official Registration and Tuition Agreement form.  This is form is given to students after successful completion of the admission interview by the Director of Admission.  Students attending public, other private, charter, cyber or home school must have an interview.

What are the uniform guidelines?

Uniform Guidelines for all students

If you would like to request financial assistance for uniforms, please complete the following form and return to the school along with the requested tax information.

Uniform Assistance Application: 2013 – 2014

Our uniform is kept “in-stock” at the Flynn & O’Hara Service Center, located at 869 Eisenhower Blvd., Harrisburg, PA 17111. Please call the store for more information, or for service center hours: 717-939-5600.

Orders may also be placed online: www.fando.net – follow the onscreen directions. Uniforms may also be ordered by phone, toll free, 1-800-441-4122.

Used Uniforms

Bishop McDevitt High School offers gently used uniforms at discounted prices.  Students may stop in the Admissions Office afterschool to purchase one item.  Payment for the item is due at the time of selection.  An item can be held for one day until payment is received.

There will be several Uniform Sales throughout the school year and summer.  These dates will be posted on the school website and church bulletins.  All uniform pieces may be purchased at that time.  However, a limit of three items per uniform piece, per family is enforced to ensure availability to all interested families.

Uniforms may be donated back to McDevitt at any time.  If you would like to exchange uniforms for different sizes you must fill out the Uniform Exchange Credit form.  This form must accompany the uniforms you are exchanging.  If a form is not attached to the uniforms, Bishop McDevitt will not issue credit for the items.  McDevitt will assume that any uniform turned in without a Uniform Exchange Credit form is strictly a donation.

In order to receive credit, the uniform items will be inspected and must be:

  • Originally purchased from Flynn and O’Hara
  • Recently washed and clean, no stains anywhere on the item
  • Free of holes, rips, and tears
  • Intact—no missing buttons or broken zippers

The following amounts have been assigned:

  • Skirts-$10
  • Sweaters-$10
  • Pants-$10
  • Oxfords-$5
  • Ties-$5
  • Shoes-$20

Please note that uniforms may be donated or credit issued.  At no time will Bishop McDevitt give cash back or “buy back” items.  Please make sure your name and phone number is on the Uniform Exchange Credit form.  Please click here to download the Uniform Exchange Credit form.

Is bus transportation provided?

Bishop McDevitt does not have its own fleet of buses.  We rely on the students’ home school districts to provide bussing. Most of the surrounding public school districts provide bussing within a 10 mile radius.  We recommend that parents contact the transportation department of their home public school district and ask specifically.  Once a student is officially registered and enrolled at Bishop McDevitt, we will take care of contacting the districts and setting up the bussing—if it is provided.