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Applications Process - Class of 2020

Thank you for your interest in Bellarmine.

The application process for incoming freshmen consists of three major components: the online application, required forms and the High School Placement Test. Details for each are described below .

Online Application
The online application for the class of 2020 will be available on September 15. The deadline for submission will be on December 11.

Applicants applying to a Catholic high school must submit an application to each high school to which he is applying. The Admissions Department will open a file for you once you have completed the online portion of the application and submitted the $75 application fee. The $75 fee is non-refundable and it covers the fee for the HSPT entrance exam.

Required Forms

The following forms are required in addition to the online application. Forms will be available in September .

  • Transcript and Standardized Test Scores Request Form: This form should be provided to the school secretary or registrar. The school should include 7th and 8th grade transcripts and standardized test scores. If the school has standardized testing after January 30th, test scores from 7th grade will be sufficient. A parent must sign this form.
  • Principal Recommendation Form: This form should be given to the Principal to complete. If a Principal is unable to complete the form, a teacher or counselor may complete it.
  • Teacher Recommendation Form (two are required): To be completed by current 7th or 8th grade teachers.
  • Non-Academic Recommendation Form: This form should be completed by an adult who knows the applicant well, outside of the classroom setting. It is helpful to provide the individual with a stamped envelope addressed to Bellarmine.

Catholic applicants must also submit a copy of their Baptismal Certificate. A Baptismal Certificate is not required for non-Catholics, although a certificate appropriate to one's religion is welcomed. You may scan and email a copy to Terry Council (, fax a copy to (408) 294-4086 or mail a copy to the Admissions Department. This copy is due in December.

If you would like to apply for financial aid, please refer to the information found on the Tuition and Financial Aid web pages.

High School Placement Test (HSPT)

The HSPT, created by Scholastic Testing Service (STS), is a comprehensive placement test for eighth graders which high schools, including Bellarmine, use to assist with their ninth grade admission process.

Students can take the HSPT entrance exam at Bellarmine or at any of the other San Jose diocesan high schools. Applicants may also take the test in a diocese other than San Jose, e.g., Oakland or San Francisco. The exam may only be taken once and you must register in advance.

If you would like to take the exam at Bellarmine, you will find the registration form within the online application.

As an alternative to costly HSPT preparation classes, Bellarmine faculty developed a free, online test prep course which students can take at their own pace. More information can be found at  

NOTE: Please notify us if you need assistance with Bellarmine Admissions material in a language other than English.

Admissions Calendar

Tue Sep15

Application for 8th Grade Applicants Available Online

Shadow Program Registration for 8th Grade Applicants Opens

High School Info Night

Location: St. Simon School, Los Altos
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Wed Sep16

High School Info Night

Location: St. Lucy School, Campbell
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Thu Sep17

High School Info Night

Location: St. John Vianney, San Jose
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Mon Sep21

High School Info Night

Location: Queen of Apostles School, San Jose
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
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Tuition FYI

Tuition for 2015-2016 is $18,975. Tuition for 2016-2017 will be determined at the January 2016 meeting of the Bellarmine Board of Trustees. If a student is accepted, a non-refundable tuition deposit is required.

It has always been our policy to help any deserving family as much as we can. We invite you to review the information on our Financial Aid webpage for additional information.

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