How do I learn more about St. Rita High School?
If you do not currently receive St. Rita information in the mail please click the Join Our Mailing List and we will send you more information about St. Rita. Being on the St. Rita mailing list will allow you to receive information throughout the year about upcoming Grade School events, Open Houses, Camps & Clinics, and everything you would need to know about St. Rita. Please click here for the Calendar of Events. You can also access our latest Viewbook by clicking here.
Students wishing to visit St. Rita are encouraged to spend a Shadow Day here. Shadowing at St. Rita allows a prospective student to experience what a day is typically like at St. Rita High School. Please click here to register for a Shadow Day.
Private tours are offered based upon a mutual time agreement between the Admissions Office and a family. Tours are available seven days a week, morning, afternoon, or night. Prospective students and parents who have questions about St. Rita High School may contact Director of Admissions, Mr. Ed Leiser, ’04 at (773) 925-RITA.
How do I apply to St. Rita High School?
8th grade students seeking admission to St. Rita should take our entrance exam. The Entrance Exam will be held at St. Rita on Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 8:00 AM. All remaining admission documents will be distributed at the Entrance Exam.
There is an application that needs to be filled out completely, with a Teacher Recommendation form included. Additionally, all applicants must submit their 6th, 7th and 8th grade transcripts to the Admissions Office.
Does St. Rita High School offer Financial Aid?
Yes, St. Rita annually awards approximately $1.3 million per year in need based financial aid and scholarships. Academic Scholarships are awarded to students who have a sub-score average of 80% or higher on the St. Rita Entrance Exam. Click here to learn more about Financial Aid and Scholarship.
The goal of the St. Rita Admissions and Financial Aid Offices is to make a St. Rita education affordable for any student/family that wants to experience it. We do our very best to make that possible.
Please Note: St. Rita High School does not offer any Athletic Scholarships, per IHSA (Illinois High School Association) rules.
What Entrance Exam is administered at St. Rita High School?
St. Rita administers the STS High School Placement Test (HSPT) and will test in (3) sections for the exam: Math, English and Reading. Students must bring a $25 test fee and two #2 pencils to the Entrance Exam. Calculators are NOT permitted. Peterson’s, Barron’s and Princeton Review all publish study guides for the HSPT. For free online HSPT practice questions click below.
Please note: Students who have an IEP, ICEP or 504 Plan may be allowed additional testing time on the Entrance Exam. You must send St. Rita a copy of your accommodation plan prior to the Exam date for approval for additional time.
When will I know if I have been accepted to St. Rita High School?
Notification letters will be mailed in late December or late January, depending on when a student submits his application for enrollment. Applications will be considered late if turned in after February 15, 2019 and not reviewed until March.
How does St. Rita determine Academic Placement?
All students are placed in an academic program that is tailored to fit their needs. Enrollment in each of the programs is based on Entrance Exam scores, 6th, 7th & 8th grade report cards, discussion with their 8th grade teachers and parental input.
St. Rita academic programs offer a great deal of flexibility. Therefore, students may be placed in one program for some classes and another program for other classes. Students are able to move between programs to meet their academic needs.
What is the Tuition at St. Rita High School?
Tuition for the 2019 – 2020 school year is $12,915. There is a $400 registration fee for all St. Rita students. There is also a $150 activities fee and $40 yearbook fee. There is no mandatory fund-raising required of St. Rita families.
Does St. Rita High School offer Transportation?
Yes. St. Rita offers many transportation options for students including Metra Rail, CTA, and private bus service. St. Rita has (7) private bus service routes to Lincoln Park/Lakeview, Bridgeport/South Loop, Southeast Suburbs, Indiana, Western Suburbs, Garfield Ridge, Midway, Oak Lawn, Evergreen Park, Mt. Greenwood, Beverly, and many other areas. Routes are redrawn each year to meet the needs of our students. Click here to learn more information about Transportation. You may contact Mrs. Sharon Smolik at [email protected] for questions.
How many students attend St. Rita High School?
The enrollment for the 2019-2020 school year is 580 students. The young men hail from 187 different grammar schools in the Chicago land area.
How many graduates from St. Rita High School go on to college?
98% of our graduates go on to attend a college or university of their choice. In the Class of 2019, the 153 graduates earned over $20 million in college scholarships, an average of $130,000 per graduate. Of the $20 million earned last year, 91% of that amount was academic and merit-based awards. In the last five graduation classes, Ritamen have earned over $86 million in scholarships for colleges and universities across the country.
Graduates of St. Rita are currently attending institutions such as the University of Michigan Ann Arbor, University of Illinois Urbana, Purdue University, Villanova University, Saint Louis University, Marquette University, University of Iowa, University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Minnesota, University of Missouri-Columbia, Ohio State University, Michigan State University, University of Dayton, Illinois State University, Loyola University, University of Tennessee Knoxville, University of North Carolina, Davidson College, Tulane University, University of Kentucky, University of Alabama, Xavier University, Wyoming University, University of Mississippi, Mississippi State University, University of Tampa, University of Oregon, Miami (Ohio) University, Clemson University, University of Arizona and the United State Naval Academy.
Additionally, in the last six classes, graduates have gone on to institutions such as Northwestern University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, University of Pennsylvania, Columbia University, DePaul University, University of Notre Dame, Texas A&M University, University of Hawaii, Boston College, Pepperdine University, Duke University, University of Chicago, Yale University and many other prestigious schools.
Do I need to be Catholic to attend St. Rita High School?
No, St. Rita welcomes students of all faiths. All St. Rita students are required to take four years of Theology courses and attend all school Masses and retreats.
Does St. Rita High School have a Uniform Dress Code?
Yes, St. Rita students adhere to the following Dress Code:
Pants – Dress pants that are Khaki, Black or Grey with a belt.
Shirt – St. Rita Polo shirt (Red or Blue)
Shoes – Brown or Black dress shoes.
Students wear a St. Rita button-down shirt and tie on Mass days.
Students may wear a quarter-zip or track jacket with a St. Rita logo (polo shirt must be seen beneath the top layer).
What if my son tests at another Catholic High School? Can he transfer his test score to St. Rita?
Yes, but your son's first choice for a high school is the school he needs to test at for the Entrance Exam. We will accept transferred test scores, but first priority is for the students who tested at St. Rita on the Entrance Exam date. To receive any academic scholarships, you need to test at St. Rita.
Does St. Rita allow multiple-sport athletes?
Yes, and we encourage students to participate in as many sports as they desire--provided their academics remain strong. If a student's grades are not strong, they risk not being able to participate in the extra-curricular activities they want.
What time does the school day begin?
School begins at 8:30 am everyday. All school days conclude at 2:35 pm.
Where is the campus of St. Rita High School?
Our school is located at 7740 S. Western Ave. in Chicago. Our campus is close to neighborhoods such as Beverly, Mt. Greenwood, Morgan Park, Bridgeport, Garfield Ridge, West Lawn, etc.
How many classes do students take each day?
Students take (6) classes per day and have (7) total each semester. Our academic school year is based on (2) semesters.
What is the average class size at St. Rita?
The average class size for the 2019-20 school year is 21. In AP classes, the average class size is 15 students per class.
What kinds of facilities does St. Rita offer?
On our 37-acre campus, our facilities include: (2) Chemistry labs, (2) Biology labs, (2) computer labs, 30 classrooms, an Art Studio, the Van Leuven Family Research Center, the McCarthy Student Center, a 1,500-seat capacity gymnasium, full-scale weight room, wrestling room, 5-lane swimming pool, dining hall, athletic training and rehabilitation room, (3) locker rooms, (2) baseball fields, (2) practice football fields, FieldTurf playing surface on Cronin Field at Doyle Stadium (installed in 2014) for all sports, 8-lane track at Doyle Stadium, and at the heart of all things at St. Rita, is the beautiful, newly re-modeled St. Rita Shrine Chapel. There is also our on-campus monastery where (6) Augustinian priests and brothers live. Finally, there are (3) parking lots and enough space on our campus to accommodate several hundred vehicles for sports games and all other events.
Recently opened in the 2018-19 school year were significant campus upgrades, including a $2.4 million fitness center (the Ernie Mrozek Family Fitness Center), a new baseball clubhouse locker room (the John McNicholas Baseball Clubhouse), a brand-new gym floor and bleachers, and air conditioning installed in our school's Dining Hall.