Does an applicant have to be a baptized Roman Catholic boy to apply?
Yes, as a Catholic Leadership school, Regis's founding charter requires this.
Does an applicant have to be confirmed before attending Regis?
What are the criteria for applying to Regis?
In addition to being a baptized Roman Catholic boy, an applicant must have excellent grades and standardized testing (above 90% in CTBS/CAP/ERB or equivalent testing).
How is a student nominated for an application?
If an applicant is in a Catholic school in the New York Metropolitan area, he must be nominated directly by his principal or 8th grade teacher. They will prescreen applicants based on the criteria above and submit a nomination form on-line. The nominated student will receive an e-mail from the admissions office with a one-time student application access code which will allow him to set up an admissions account.
If an applicant is in a public or independent school, he or his parents should contact the Regis Admissions Office directly and be ready to provide a copy of his final 7th grade report card and the relevant information on standardized testing.
Does Regis use the TACHS test for admission?
No, we have a separate exam. Please do not put Regis down as one of your three choices. Students from Brooklyn, Queens and Long Island who are scheduled to take the TACHS test on November 5th should sign up for that exam but take the Regis HSPT test that day. You will then automatically be switched to the TACHS make-up on November 12th.
What is the Regis Scholarship Exam?
Regis uses the High School Placement Test (HSPT). It will be offered at Regis on Saturday, November 5th, 2022. Bronx, Manhattan and Queens residents will take the exam at 8:30 a.m. The Rest of the World will take it at 12:30 p.m. If an applicant needs to switch test times, he should call the Admissions Office.
What's tested on the HSPT?
The exam tests cognitive and basic skills. It is divided into five sections: two cognitive skills section -- verbal and quantitative skills; and three basic skills sections -- reading, mathematics and language. For further details, please see the Regis Test (HSPT) section of our website.
How can an applicant prepare for the HSPT?
Apart from getting a good night's sleep, he should familiarize himself with the format of the test. There are prep books available with sample questions, and there is a helpful video about preparing for the exam at the bottom of the Test section of this website.
Does an applicant need an admissions ticket for the Regis Scholarship Exam?
No. Once an applicant submits his application, we will expect him for the test.
What should an applicant bring to the exam?
A pen, two #2 pencils and a brain.
How many recommendations are required in the admissions process?
Two -- one from the principal or counselor and one from a teacher who knows the applicant well, preferably one who taught him in 7th grade.
Can an applicant send in extra recommendations?
Yes, but only if the recommendation substantially enhances our understanding of the applicant and covers an important aspect not addressed in the required recommendations. (e.g. a parish priest writing on behalf of a public school student). Bottom line: don't go crazy. If a U-Haul pulls up in front of Regis with your recommendations, that would constitute over-kill.
Can an applicant exceed the space alloted for his application?
While we encourage an applicant to be concise, even pithy, he is free to extend the answer boxes to complete his essays. To put it in poetic terms, we are looking for the modest midpoint between a haiku and an epic poem.
Who should fill out the optional financial statement?
Those families who would otherwise have difficulty paying for a Catholic high school education.
When are Regis Open Houses?
Thursday, October 6th (5:30 -- 8:30 p.m.) -- for Bronx, Manhattan and Westchester residents.
Monday, October 10th (Columbus Day) (1:00 -- 4:00 p.m.) -- for the Rest of the World.
If we can't make our assigned open house, can we attend on the alternative date?
Do we have to sign-up for the open houses?
Yes. To register for the Oct. 6 open house, please click here. To register for the Oct. 10 open house, please click here.
Are only 8th graders invited?
No, the open houses are open to all ages and sizes.
Do we have to stay for the full three hours?
God forbid. We have continuous tours, so come any time during the three hours. The tours take about an hour. At the end of the tour, we invite you to visit with our teachers (in the cafeteria) and student representatives from our major extracurricular activities (in the lower gym). Linger as long as you like.
Can we be nominated for an application at the open house?
Yes, if applicants are from public or private schools that do not prescreen students for us. You can fill out a nomination form at the end of the tour. Catholic school applicants must be nominated directly by their principals or 8th grade teachers.
What's the difference between the regional information nights and the open houses?
The regional information nights focus on the Regis experience as lived by students from your geographical area, common educational backgrounds, commute etc. Because they are more intimate gatherings, attended by present students and their parents, alums and alumni parents, they are a good introduction to Regis.
If we attend a regional information night, do we need to attend an open house?
Yes, to get the most information about Regs, our students, and our programs, we recommend you attend an open house.
Does Regis allow students to shadow for a day?
Yes, but only after they are accepted. The sheer size of the applicant pool prevents us from accommodating students earlier in the process.
How do you pronounce the director of admissions' last name?
By using an Irish pronunciation guide to his Italian last name. Hence Di Michele becomes De McKelly.
What if we have a question not covered in this Frequently Asked Questions Section?
No problem -- feel free to call us.