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Admissions Process

Early in each school year, eighth grade students attending parochial schools will begin to receive information about Cardinal O'Hara High School. Public school students, who are enrolled in parish religious education classes, can also expect to receive information about procedures for enrolling at Cardinal O'Hara. Any student, who does not attend parochial grade school or parish religious classes, but is interested in receiving information about Cardinal O'Hara High School, should call or email the Admissions Director, Mrs. Patti Arnold, (610-544-3800-ext.1870 or in order to place their name on the O'Hara mailing list.

Cardinal O'Hara High School will host two Open House events on November 1, 2015 and April 3, 2016 during the upcoming school year. Additionally 7th grade parochial school students will have an opportunity to visit Cardinal O'Hara on Archdiocesan Universal  Visitation Day held this year on Thursday, April 14, 2016. (NOTE: Students may visit only Catholic high schools of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Visitations to public schools or private schools, including private Catholic schools should not be taken on Universal Visitation Day.)

Public school students in 8th grade may visit Cardinal O'Hara on O'Hara's Non-Diocesan Visitation Day on Wednesday October 28, 2015.

Cardinal O'Hara High School will also hosts two "Closer Look Evenings" this year on November 4, 2015 and April 20, 2016. These meeting type settings are designed for families who have taken the time to visit O'Hara at an Open House events and who want a more in depth explanation of what is available at Cardinal O'Hara. These events are by reservation only. Those wishing to attend one of these "Closer Look Evenings" should call the Admissions Office at 610-544-3800-ext. 1870 or email our Admissions Director Mrs. Patti Arnold at:

All eighth Graders are invited to join the O'Hara Lions PRIDE. By becoming a member of the Pride, students receive the LIONS PRIDE newsletter keeping them informed about things going on at O'Hara, and they are invited to attend O'Hara sports events and school theater productions free of charge. If you wish to join the PRIDE, just contact the Admissions Office.

Beginning this year, ALL students wishing to attend Cardinal O'Hara High School as a member of the class of 2020 must take an entrance exam. This exam will be used to determine, along with other data, acceptance to O'Hara, course placement for those accepted, and academic scholarships. 
Complete information on our new admissions application process, including the entrance and scholarship exam, will be distributed to all prospective student families by mail. The exam fee is $25 and will count, if accepted, towards the $100 student registration fee.
  • Archdiocesan schools use Smart Tuition for payment of tuition and fees
  • Tuition is due the 15th of each month July through April
  • The late fee for payments paid after the 15th of the month is $30.

The Office of Catholic Education will announce the Tuition for 2016 -2017 in late January. 

Click here for our Admissions Application.

7th graders may now register to take the Entrance and Scholarship Practice Exam scheduled for March 5, 2016. You may register online (O'Hara's access code is Z3) or by mail.