Dear Prospective Student,

A key theme for the 2019-20 school year at St. Rita is “Welcome Home.”  For 115 years now, St. Rita has been a premier high school option for young men in the city of Chicago and our students know they have a “home” for these four years and beyond.  We attract a variety of students and families, and we are a school that embraces diversity in all areas.  Students choose St. Rita over closer-to-home options and when they arrive as Mustangs, they dive in head-first to all we have to offer.  You will not find a closer brotherhood than St. Rita or a more special family-focused environment. Whether it’s academics, athletics and student involvement, or spirituality, you will find something that brings you to St. Rita High School.  If you want to join the brotherhood that is 24,749-strong, contact me to set-up a visit or tour. Call me anytime at (773) 925-7482 to schedule a personal tour or email me at with any questions. 

We also encourage you to fill out our information form from the St. Rita Admissions Office.  Finally, I invite you to take a student visit (shadow day) at St. Rita--it's a great way to see all we have to offer for young men.  Be sure to check out our calendar of events (below) to see the many opportunities available to visit St. Rita. 

Go Mustangs!  #GoRitaGo

Mr. Ed Leiser '04  |  Director of Admissions
773-925-RITA (7482)  |

Grammar School Events Calendar

Day Date Time Event
Wednesday *will be rescheduled* 6:30 pm Grade School Soccer Night (St. Rita vs. DePaul Prep
Friday September 20, 2019 9:30-11:00 am Prospective Parents Information Breakfast
Saturday September 21, 2019 12:00- 2:00pm Baseball Clinic
Wednesday October 2, 2019 7:00- 8:30 pm Soccer Clinic
Friday October 11, 2019 8:00a-2:35 pm Columbus Shadow Day #1
Sunday October 13, 2019 12:30pm-2:00pm Lacrosse Clinic
Monday October 14, 2019 8:00a- 2:35 pm Columbus Shadow Day #2
Friday October 25, 2019 5:30p-7:00p Basketball Shooting Clinic
Saturday October 26, 2019 10:30a-12:00p Volleyball Clinic
Saturday October 26, 2019 12:00pm-4:00pm 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament
Sunday October 27, 2019 12:00pm-2:00pm Open House #1 (Family Mass at 11:30am)
Saturday November 2, 2019 12:00pm-2:00pm Wrestling Clinic
Friday November 8, 2019 9:00a - 11:30a Prospective Mom's Shadow Day
Sunday November 10, 2019 10:00a-12:00p Open House #2 (Family Mass at 9:30 am)
Wednesday November 20, 2019 7:00 pm Honors Program Information Night
Monday-Friday December 2 -- December 6, 2019 (any day available) 8:30 am -- 2:35 pm Last Week for 8th Grade Shadows
Saturday December 7, 2019 8:00 a.m. 8th Grade Entrance Exam
Friday December 27, 2019 12:00pm-1:30pm Grade School Open Gym
Monday February 17, 2020 8:00a- 2:35pm Presidents' Day Shadow Day (6th and 7th graders)
Tuesday/Wednesday March 10 or 11, 2020 7:00 pm Class of 2024 Welcome Night Reception

Important News Regarding The Entrance Exam

The Archdiocese of Chicago has announced that the Class of 2024 Entrance Exam will be held on Saturday, December 7th at 8:00 am.  All 8th graders during the 2019-20 school year will need to take an Entrance Exam at the Catholic high school of their choice on that day.  

All incoming freshmen must fill out an application (below) to be considered for St. Rita.


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Admission Process 

Several factors are used to determine if a students is a good fit for St. Rita of Cascia High School.  These factors are:  6th grade grades, 7th grade grades, standardized test scores in each of those years, 8th grade first quarter/term grades, and teacher recommendations.  The results of the Entrance Exam are a secondary factor in admissions to St. Rita.  It is more important to see how a student has performed in the last two years than how the student did on one particular day.

8th grade boys seeking admission to St. Rita High School should take the entrance exam on December 7, 2019.  Final acceptance is contingent upon the successful completion of the 8th grade. St. Rita reserves the right to deny admission to any student whose final record indicates a major change in academic performance. For questions about the entrance exam, please contact the Admissions Office at (773) 925-7482.

St. Rita looks to enroll the best overall class and seeks classroom sizes no larger than 25 students, with an average class size of 21.

Transfer Policy for Current High School Students

Present high school students seeking to transfer to St. Rita must contact the Admissions Office at 773-925-7482.   A Transfer Application must be filled out and sent to:

St. Rita of Cascia High School
C/O Admissions Office
7740 S. Western Ave.
Chicago, IL 60620 or e-mail at:

Students whose academic and disciplinary records are satisfactory will be contacted for an interview with the Admissions and Administration Offices

Entrance Exam Information

The 8th Grade Entrance Exam for the Class of 2024 will be held Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 8:00 am at St. Rita High School.  All testers must bring a $25 testing fee and two #2 pencils. No calculators are allowed. All Catholic High Schools administer their entrance exam on the same day and students should test at the high school they plan to attend.

The test that St. Rita uses is the HSPT (High School Placement Test) and features (3) sections:  Math, English and Reading.  For more information about the HSPT, click here.

Those students who have a written IEP, ICEP or 504-plan may be given additional test time with prior approval.  Please contact Director of Admissions, Ed Leiser '04, 773.925.RITA.

Classroom and Testing Accommodations

A student may be eligible to receive classroom and testing accommodations by providing the school with a current educational evaluation, not older than three years, that includes a clear diagnosis and relevant educational recommendations. St. Rita High School Accommodation Plans will be developed for students who, with limited accommodations, can be academically successful in the traditional classroom. All accommodations are granted based upon the student’s evaluation recommendations. It is important to note that St. Rita High School may or may not be able to grant every recommendation made on a student’s educational evaluation.

Acceptable documentation includes:

  • A Public school Individualized Education Plan (IEP)

  • An Individualized Catholic School Education Plan (ICEP) – must include supportive documentation: a current psycho-educational evaluation or a current neuropsychological evaluation that includes a clear diagnosis and relevant educational recommendations

  • A current psycho-educational evaluation that includes a clear diagnosis and relevant educational recommendations

  • A current neuropsychological evaluation that includes a clear diagnosis and relevant educational recommendations

  • A current 504 Plan with supportive documentation

Admissions Staff

Ed Leiser ’04 
Director of Enrollment Management
773-925-RITA (7482)

Mike Swanson Assistant Director of Admissions, Director of Marketing (773) 925-6600 ext. 6661

John Anderson '12         Assistant Director of Admissions, Head Wrestling Coach      773-925-6600 ext. 6616         


Sharon Smolik 
Assistant Director of Admissions, Transportation Director
773-925-6600 ext. 6620


St. Rita High School abides by all applicable policies of the Archdiocese of Chicago and the IHSA.  In doing so, St. Rita High School does not promise or offer athletic scholarships of any kind.  Violations of IHSA policies may result in loss of eligibility for the student, coach and/or school.  In recognition of our shared ministry, St. Rita High School also does not promise, predict or otherwise allude to specific dollar amounts regarding tuition assistance or financial aid before a student takes the entrance exam.  St. Rita High School promotes the best attributes of our own school while respecting the legacy and traditions of other Catholic high schools