Admissions FAQ

Q: Do we apply for Financial Aid (also referred to as Tuition Assistance) before or after applying for admission?

A: If finances are a concern for your family, you will apply for Tuition Assistance and admission to OLP simultaneously. The deadline for both applications is January 15, 2022. You will receive your admissions decision and, assuming your daughter is admitted to OLP, your tuition assistance decision at the same time in March 2022. This will allow you to make the best decision for your family. Please see our Tuition Assistance FAQ’s for more information.

Q: Is there an entrance exam for the Academy of Our Lady of Peace?

A: There is no entrance exam to apply for admissions at OLP, however we do run a placement exam using the HSPT.

OLP remains committed to a holistic admissions process with the members of the Admissions Committee considering all aspects of an applicant’s file. Just as every student is unique, so too is every high school. With that said, our educational professionals will evaluate the results of the HSPT, along with OLP specific, customized testing instruments delivered on the same day. The result is to provide us with the best placement for students considering the unique rigor and scope of the curriculum at the Academy of Our Lady of Peace.  

Rather than an entrance exam, our goal is to use the HSPT along with our own customized testing instruments to determine a student’s appropriate placement in terms of OLP’s college preparatory academic program. Our goal and intention is to use this testing for course placement purposes for students who join OLP.

Q: Where can I find the teacher/principal recommendation forms?

A: Once your application for admission has been submitted, you will log back into the Blackbaud Parent Portal using the same login information you used for the application.

  1. You will be directed to a checklist with remaining items to complete. 
  2. These items include the Principal/Head of School, Math Teacher, and English Teacher recommendation forms. 
  3. You will be asked to submit their email addresses for the forms to be sent to them. 
  4. They will complete these forms electronically and, once submitted, will automatically be checked off on your checklist. 
  5. Please ensure you have current email addresses for your daughter’s principal/teachers and that you enter them correctly.

Q: How do I request grades from my current school?

A: Once your application for admission has been submitted, you will log back into the Blackbaud Parent Portal using the same login information you used for the application. 

  1. You will now be directed to a checklist with the remaining items to complete.
  2. These items include the Transcript Request Form. 
  3. You will be asked to download, print and sign this form. 
  4. Once signed, please take it to your daughter’s CURRENT school (do not send it to OLP). 
  5. This form gives your current school permission to send your daughter’s transcripts to OLP. 
  6. They will send us her first semester/trimester of the current school year, last year’s transcript and her most recent standardized test scores.

Q: May we submit letters from our daughter’s coaches, tutors and current teachers who are not math or English and/or previous teachers?

A: Additional recommendation letters are in no way required. However, if you feel there is someone who can add depth to your daughter’s application in a way her current teachers cannot, that person may submit a letter to [email protected] or by mail to the attention of the Office of Enrollment Management - Admissions. An example of this would be that this is your daughter’s first year at her current school and you feel like her previous school knows her and your family in a different way.

Office of Enrollment Management - Admissions
[email protected]
(619) 725-9175