Due to educational impacts resulting from the pandemic, STA initiated a three-to-five-year pilot to assess a test-optional admission policy. During this time, STA will continue to assess applicants' academic performance and growth potential with a holistic, student-based evaluation that also focuses on family meetings, essays, teacher recommendations and grades, and adjust accordingly based on findings.
St. Teresa's Academy approaches education with a focus on the whole student’s well-being, including providing a rigorous education, physical wellness, and Catholic faith formation.
The admissions process at STA supports this core belief, therefore, during the 2020-2021 school year, an updated review process was introduced for eighth-grade students applying for entrance, recognizing that standardized testing is only one component of a student’s application.
The pandemic has made it significantly more challenging for incoming high school freshman students to take the traditional High School Placement Test (HSPT). Recognizing that the challenges of testing should not be a barrier to entry for talented young women, the application process will be HSPT-flexible for the current admissions cycle.
In other words, during this time, the HSPT will not be administered at St. Teresa’s Academy, and HSPT scores are not necessary to be considered for entrance to STA.
During the new HSPT-flexible application process, the STA Admissions Team and Administrators will consider the following for each student:
- STA Application for Admission
- Middle School Grades and Grade Trends
- Teacher Recommendations
- Student Essay Submission
- Family Meeting
Optional Standardized Test Submissions
As part of the application process, prospective students are welcome to submit copies of Iowa Tests of Basic Skills (ITBS) and HSPT scores, if they feel it would assist the Admission Team with their review, but they are not required. Students who do not choose to submit standardized test scores will not be at a disadvantage in the application process.