Admissions Q & A

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

All incoming 9th graders are required to take this test. This test is not a pass/fail test and the results do not affect the admissions decision. It is a standardized, national test.  Using this type of assessment allows Bishop McDevitt to see how 8th graders perform compared to their peers.  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 test and it will not keep a student  from attending McDevitt if they 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! We can arrange a private tour Monday-Friday from 9:00am - 2:00pm for your students and two parents/guardians to tour campus while school is in session. Private tours can be scheduled by emailing

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

YES! 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, families that are requesting financial aid much fill out our financial aid applications which can be found on the Tuition & Financial Aid page of the website. Applications must be submitted by March 1, 2022 for the 2022-2023 school year. 

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?

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

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: – follow the onscreen directions. Uniforms may also be ordered by phone, toll free, 1-800-441-4122.

​Is bus transportation provided?

Bishop McDevitt does not have its own fleet of buses.  We rely on the students’ home school districts to provide busing. Most of the surrounding public school districts provide busing 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 busing—if it is provided.

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