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How to Apply

We're glad you are planning to apply to Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School! Before you apply, please be sure to check our eligibility requirements here.

We accept students on a rolling basis until our class is full. Admissions is competitive. Therefore, the sooner you apply, the better!

Please note: all incoming 9th and 10th graders that are accepted into the 2019-2020 school year will attend school at our new location at 17th & Allegheny Ave. Information about our new school can be found at theschoolthatworks.org.


Step 1 - Online Application

You will need your most recent tax information, as well as information on other forms of income, from all contributing adults in your household, so please have that information on hand before you begin the online application.


On the online application, you will sign up for an admissions test, which we hold on select Saturdays throughout the year. While you wait for your admissions test date, move on to Step 2!

Please note: Yes, you are still able to take the admissions test even if you have not submitted all of your documents.

Prepare for the admissions test: We recommend using www.redwoodprep.com to help prepare for the admissions test. Click on the "HSPT" tab and then "Free Assessment Exam." You can also click here to access the free assessment directly. This is not the exact test your student will take. It will help the student prepare for the types of questions they will see on the test.


Step 2 - Submit Documents

Gather the below required application documents:



  • Last year's report card
  • Most recent report card (or progress report if report card is not yet available)
  • Teacher Recommendation Form (last year or current year math, English or science teacher) (click here to download)
  • School Administrator Recommendation Form (last year or current year counselor, principal, dean, graduate support, etc.) (click here to download)
  • If you need to retrieve some of these items from your school, sign the Request for Records Form and turn it in to your school (click here to download)


      If you DO file taxes:

  • A copy of most recent income tax return (form 1040)
    • 2017 tax return before Jan. 31, 2019; 2018 tax return required after Jan. 31, 2019
    • Must be provided from parent who claims student as his/her dependent, as well as other providing adults in the household
    • *Please note: The number of household members on your online application should match the number of dependents on the 1040
  • Most recent W-2s for all jobs held by contributing adults in the household
  • Proof of other forms of income including Supplemental Security Income (SSI), SNAP, TANF, unemployment, child support or alimony, worker's compensation, other government assistance, etc.

      If you DO NOT file taxes:

  • Statement of income signed by employer in an official statement or notarized document
  • Proof of other forms of income including Supplemental Security Income (SSI), SNAP, TANF, unemployment, child support or alimony, worker's compensation, other government assistance, etc.
  • Financial assistance from family or friends in an official statement or notarized document


How to Submit your Information

You can send your documents to us however you prefer. Feel free to send the documents as you have them available - you do not need to wait to send them all at once.

  • Email at admissions@crphs.org
  • Fax at 215-525-9692 Attn: Admissions Office
  • Drop off or mail to Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School, Admissions Office, 5218 N Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19141

Step 3 - Family Interview

After you have turned in your materials AND your student has taken the admissions test, the Admissions Office will determine whether or not your student will be invited in for an admissions interview. The Admissions Office will call you at that time to set up an appointment.


With questions or concerns, please call the admissions office at (215) 219-3943, ext. 1100, or email admissions@crphs.org.



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