Transfer Student Application Process

Thank you for your interest in Cardinal O’Hara High School!
Cardinal O’Hara welcomes qualified transfer candidates to the 10th, 11th, and 12th grades. Candidates must have at least a “C” (or comparative numerical scores) or higher, and outstanding conduct and attendance records. Standardized test scores should be in the average or above average range.

Transfer applicants are reviewed on a rolling basis beginning in April. The Admission Committee will render a decision as soon as possible after all required admissions documents have been submitted.  When necessary, subject placement tests will be administered to ensure potential class-level placement.

Please note, the Cardinal O’Hara transfer process is specifically for students entering the fall semester of 10th, 11th or 12th grade. Mid-year transfers for students currently in 9th, 10th, or 11th grade are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Please send all completed Transfer Student application materials to Amy Bauer at or 

Admissions Office
Cardinal O'Hara High School
1701 S. Sproul Road
Springfield, PA 19064

To learn more about all aspects of the transfer process please contact the Admissions Office at 610-544-7901 or

Steps to Apply

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    Complete and submit the Admissions application. We encourage you to do this online by clicking on the Online Application box on the right side of this page.  If you prefer to download the application, fill it out by hand and mail it to us, please click on the Download Application box on the right side of this page.


    Students must provide official school transcripts and copies of the most recent Standardized Test Scores before they can be formally accepted to O’Hara. Download the Records Release Form, available on the right side of this page. Parents should sign the Release form and submit it the student’s current school. Ask the school to send the completed form to the O'Hara Admissions Office at
    • Current 9th graders applying for 10th grade admission – please provide a transcript of your 8th grade marks, as well as your most recent high school report card from 9th grade. Final grades for the current school are required for admission.
    • Current 10th graders and 11th graders – please provide a transcript of your 9th grade or 10th grade marks, as well as your most recent high school report card. Final grades for the current school are required for admission.


    Please also submit copies of your report cards for the last two years.

  • Step 4. TEACHER RECOMMENDATIONS (optional)

    Teacher recommendations are not required but are encouraged. Any recommendation should be completed by a teacher who can speak to your academic performance and profile.  Additional recommendations from a mentor, coach, etc., are optional but welcomed.


    To be considered for financial aid, you must complete a Financial Aid application through Smart Aid. The link is on the right of this page. This is not a required step in the Transfer Student application process.

    Questions about financial aid should be referred to the tuition and financial aid office. Please contact Denise Todd at or 610.544.3800 x1828.

    Financial Aid Policy and Procedures:
    • O’Hara is committed to providing an education to talented students who may need financial assistance. However, our financial aid budget is limited. Financial aid is awarded based on a family's financial need.
    • Please note, financial aid decisions for transfer students will only take place once financial aid funds have been allocated to current O’Hara students. Transfer families will be placed on a financial aid waiting list. It is possible, but not guaranteed, that financial aid may be available for your family.
    • Financial aid awards help bridge the gap between what a family can afford and the full cost of an O’Hara education. Each family is expected to use all resources available to them in paying for the education of their child. This includes resources from both parents, even if divorced or separated, step-parents, etc.
    • Financial aid applications are reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
    • When determining a family’s financial need, a variety of criteria are considered, including income (taxable and nontaxable), assets, number of dependents, number of children attending tuition-based schools, and the number of parents who are working. Parents are obligated to disclose if they receive any outside financial help for education from relatives, friends, or other sources. This information is balanced with data about living expenses, medical costs, indebtedness, and other factors such as child support and legal expenses. A standardized approach is used to determine a family's discretionary income. A portion of this discretionary income is considered available for educational costs.
    • Financial aid packages are renewable each year and grants are renewed if a family continues to have a need. Families must submit an application each winter via Smart Aid and financial aid will be allocated each spring. Students are required to maintain satisfactory grades and an outstanding conduct and attendance record to qualify for future grants.


    Interviews for candidates can be arranged once the student’s application file is complete.

Application Materials

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