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Mother McAuley Gears Up for Entrance Exam

Mother McAuley Gears Up for Catholic School Entrance Exam

Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School is gearing up to welcome hundreds of young women through its doors this Saturday morning, January 12, for the annual Catholic high school entrance exam. Young women in eighth grade interested in attending McAuley will need to take the entrance exam. Mother McAuley administers the High School Placement Test (HSPT) to assess student's academic standing.  Doors open at 7:30 a.m. and the test begins at 8:00 a.m. There is a $25 test fee and students should bring two #2 pencils and a pen. No calculators are permitted.

At Mother McAuley we pride ourselves on offering young women a Catholic, college preparatory education. By providing students a liberal arts curriculum, we are able to teach them how to think critically, and at its core, how to learn. Instead of providing our students with merely a multitude of facts to remember, McAuley teaches them the communication, reasoning and academic skills necessary to become a well-rounded and well-educated women in a dynamic society. 

For more than 165 years, McAuley has been educating women from around Chicagoland in the Mercy tradition. The school embraces a rich heritage as it pioneers innovative ways to prepare its students for their future education and careers.  With the start of the 2013 school year, McAuley will pilot the use of the Apple iPad® in classrooms as part of a curriculum instruction integration program. Select eBooks will be available for use and students will have the option to bring an iPad to school. McAuley is the first single-gender, private high school in the Chicago Southland to launch an iPad initiative. 

McAuley Students consistently excel in writing and verbal communication, and possess the ability to solve complex problems, to work well with others, and to adapt to changes. Students regularly accept active roles in their community, church and society, and McAuley's educational program enables students to become conscientious leaders who appreciate global diversity. 100 percent of the graduating class of 2012 was accepted into college; a percentage that far exceeds the national average.

Mother McAuley also believes that well-rounded individuals are formed through educating the mind, body and spirit. Students can choose from 33 service, interest and social clubs and organizations, and McAuley has set an impressive bar with a strong athletic program featuring 13 interscholastic sports teams.  The school has won 13 state championship titles, and most recently, its 2012 varsity volleyball took third in state.

McAuley offers a number of scholarships for incoming freshmen. New this year is the Hometown Heroes Scholarship. Daughters of members of local police and fire departments are invited to apply for this non-renewable $750 scholarship. More information can be found at www.mothermcauley.org/admissions/financial_matters.html

Private tours of McAuley will be offered January 8, 9 and 10 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. To schedule one, or for more information about the entrance exam, call 773-881-6500 or visit www.mothermcauley.org

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