Application Process

The holistic admissions process at St. Teresa’s Academy includes an online application, review of middle school grades, teacher recommendations and student essays, and a family meeting with a representative of STA’s Admissions Department. HSPTs are optional and not necessary to be considered for admittance.

Priority application deadline is December 2, 2022.

*Applicants who opt to take the Merit Scholarship Exam will not be required to take a math placement exam in April.

  • A parent release giving permission to STA Admissions Department to request student grades and teacher recommendations from middle schools is included in the application. Parents do not need to provide grades and teacher recommendations on their daughter’s behalf.
  • Priority application deadline is December 2, 2022.
  • Create an account and submit an application.

*If the $20 application fee is a hindrance to your family, please contact STA Admissions Director Kelly McKee to request a fee waiver.

  • Student applicants are asked to complete an online essay submission.
  • The form will accept one submission per student.
  • Your Family Meeting will take place with an STA faculty or staff member.
  • We ask that the student applicant plus at least one parent/guardian attend the meeting.

Incoming freshmen may qualify for merit-based scholarships. These scholarships are renewable annually in amounts up to $2,500. If students wish to apply for a merit-based scholarship, they will have the option to take a Scholarship Exam.

Exam date is December 10, 2022.

Merit-based scholarships will be awarded based on the below criteria:

  • Scholarship exam
  • Middle school grades and grade trends
  • Teacher recommendations
  • Principal recommendation
  • Student essay submission

*STA will request grades and all recommendations of the applicant’s behalf.

*Applicants who opt to take the Merit Scholarship Exam will not be required to take a math placement exam in April.

St. Teresa’s Academy approaches education with a focus on the whole student’s well-being, including providing a rigorous education, physical wellness and Catholic faith formation.

In support of this core belief, STA introduced a pilot HSPT-Flexible process beginning in the 2020-2021 academic year. During this time, the HSPT will not be administered at STA, and HSPT scores are not necessary for acceptance. Instead, the STA Admissions team and STA administrators will consider the following factors:

  • STA Application for Admission
  • Middle school grades and grade trends
  • Teacher recommendations
  • Student essay submission
  • Family meeting

*STA will request grades and all recommendations of the applicant’s behalf.

STA will administer a standardized test to all freshmen to assist in class placement.

Optional Standardized Test Submissions

As part of the application process, prospective students are welcome to submit copies of Iowa Tests of Basic Skills (ITBS) and HSPT scores if they feel it would assist the Admissions team with their review, but they are not required. Students who do not choose to submit standardized test scores will not be at a disadvantage in the application process.