Our Lady of the Sacred Heart High School

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Admissions FAQ

How are admissions decisions made?

Each students who applies for admission to OLSH is evaluated individually, based upon the required documents submitted. These may include the student’s most recent report card or transcript, standardized test scores, and discipline/attendance history at their current school. Additionally, students who currently have an Individual Education Plan (IEP) or 504 Plan in their current school will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis to ensure that OLSH is able to provide the necessary accommodations to meet their needs. Students who submit their application and required documentation can expect an admissions decision within 2-4 weeks.

Click here to view the application process.

My child has an IEP or 504 Plan and will require specific accommodations. Can you accommodate my child? Who do I contact to discuss their accommodations?

Though OLSH is not required by law to address accommodations, we do our best to provide for students with IEPs and 504 Plans. Anticipated accommodations should be disclosed during the admissions process in order to assess whether OLSH can appropriately meet the needs of the student. Meeting with a school counselor may be required before an admissions decision can be made.

How do I apply for tuition assistance?

All applications for OLSH Tuition Assistance are due in mid-March, and are only accepted online through FACTS Tuition Management System. Be sure to complete your taxes as soon as possible to finalize your application. Tuition assistance is available for new students and transfer families applying after the March deadline; however funds may be limited and are not guaranteed.

Click here to read more about Tuition Assistance at OLSH.

When will we hear about tuition assistance decisions?

Provided that all required information has been received, freshmen generally receive their financial aid packages by the end of April, and upperclassmen receive their financial aid packages by the end of May.

Are there expenses or fees beyond the cost of tuition?

The AAC Fee is assessed to every student at our school to help cover the costs of operating and maintaining the Angela Activities Center, where OLSH students learn, study, compete, practice, eat, socialize, and relax. While the AAC facility provides a wide range of benefits to OLSH student athletes, it also hosts our phys ed classes as well as our wellness/conditioning initiative, led by Mr. Kris Karagory. The AAC serves as a site for OLSH dances, the annual pre-Prom Grand March, commencement exercises and other special events. The AAC fee is $500 per student; $750 maximum per family.

In order to continue to deliver a meaningful and memorable graduation experience, and at the same time simplify the ordering of graduation regalia, diplomas and other materials, all senior families are charged a graduation fee of $100 per senior student.  

Do you offer scholarships?

OLSH offers a growing number of scholarships to incoming freshman students. Currently, these include the St. Francis and St. Clare Scholarships, St. Felix Scholarship, Sister Mary Denise Bernas Scholarship, Sr. Mary Pulcheria Saukaitis Endowed Scholarship, The William J. Wolf Endowed Scholarship, St. Therese of Lisieux Annual Scholarship, and the OLSH Placement Test Achievement Scholarship.

Click here for more information on OLSH Scholarships.

When are scholarship applications due? When will we receive notice about scholarship decisions?

Many of OLSH’s scholarships have a need-based requirement; therefore, scholarship applications are due at the same time as the tuition assistance application deadline of March 15. Final decisions for scholarships are made by the designated scholarship committees by early May, and are communicated to families soon thereafter.

Do you accept international students? What is required for application?

OLSH works with Holy Family International College Preparatory Program to educate, house, and provide ongoing support for international students. Please contact the OLSH Admissions Office or a member of HFICPP if you know a student interested in attending school in the United States.

Click here to learn more about the process for international students.

General Questions about OLSH

When does the school day begin and end? When does my child have access to the building?

School begins each day with homeroom at 7:39 am, and ends at 2:25 pm. Students enter the school via the Student Entrance, where they input their code and fingerprint to access the building. Student codes are operational between 7:00 am and 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Students who stay in the building until 5:00 pm should remain in the social commons on the ground floor, or in the library on the first floor unless they are meeting with a teacher. Students staying after school are also permitted to study in the Sr. Christopher Cafe in the AAC.

What is the school uniform?

OLSH uses Land’s End as our uniform provider. Boys wear navy blue dress pants, navy blue crew socks, solid navy blue ties (ties only need to be worn from November 1 to March 31). Girls wear navy blue skirts, skorts, or dress slacks, navy blue knee socks or solid navy blue tights. Students are permitted to wear polo shirts with the OLSH crest from April 1 – October 31. White shirts/blouses with the school crest must be worn by boys and girls from November 1 - March 31 .Boys and girls may choose to wear a navy blue v-neck or cardigan sweater and/or vest from Land’s End.

How do lunches work? Is there a sample list of menu items and prices?

Lunches provided in the OLSH cafeteria are sold a la carte. Soup, salad and sandwich bar, pizza, French fries and chicken tenders are available every day. Other offerings, including hot lunch options, vary daily.

Does the school provide the students with laptops/iPads? Can my child bring their own?

OLSH does not provide students with personal devices and students are not permitted to bring their own devices. However, students are permitted to bring a flash drive to school in order to print out or work on school-related assignments, and the school provides each student with their own email address (@olsh.org) in order to complete, turn in, or print assignments from the computers in the school library or Counseling Center. The student's gmail account also gives them access to a variety of tools to assist in saving and sharing documents and files online. Additionally, OLSH maintains three mobile MacBook Pro laptop carts and one iPad cart for teachers who wish to utilize devices frequently in the classroom, at their discretion.

Do you have a family service hour or fundraising requirement?

OLSH does not require families to contribute a specified number of service hours or fundraising dollars annually. If your child participates in activities such as a sports team or theatre, you may be required as part of participation to share in concession stand, team dinner, or other similar responsibilities from time to time. Families are encouraged to participate in large-scale annual fundraisers coordinated by the OLSH Advancement Office such as the OLSH Fund, OLSH Day of Giving, and other school-wide events to the extent of their ability, as funds raised from these initiatives contribute directly to the school's operational budget as well as to Tuition Assistance funding.

Click here to learn more about the Advancement Office and their ongoing efforts.

How many teachers hold advanced degrees?

68% of our faculty members hold masters degrees or higher and all are certified in the subject area in which they teach.

How many students are in the school? What is the average class size?

In the 2016-2017 school year, the total enrollment was 346.
Female: 51% Male: 49%
Average Class Size: 15 (core classes)
Student to Teacher Ratio: 11:1

What are the options for honors and AP courses?

Current Advanced Placement courses taught at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart High School are: AP English Literature and Composition, AP World History, AP Spanish, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Computer Science Principles, AP Computer Science A, AP Chemistry, and AP Physics 1. Through the content offered in the Advanced Biology course, students are also able to sit for the AP Biology exam.

The OLSH AP Advantage Program provides additional resources for students and teachers enrolled in AP courses and also provides financial incentives for qualifying scores on AP tests through the University of Notre Dame's AP Teacher Investment Program.  Additionally, if a student is interested and eligible to take an AP course that is not currently offered by OLSH, the school has partnered with Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Talented Youth to provide online AP courses at a discounted rate. Click here to read more about this opportunity.

In addition, OLSH offers 14 honors level courses, including Scholar World Literature, which allows students the option to earn college credit through La Roche College, and Honors Spanish 4 and Honors French 4, with college credit provided through Duquesne University. There is also an option to take AP Computer Science A for College in High School credit through the University of Pittsburgh.

Click here to view the Academic Course Catalog.

What types of support do you provide to students?

Every OLSH student is assigned a Teacher-Advisor and a School Counselor to offer them support with academics, career exploration, college planning, and other issues. Students also have access to the OLSH Writing and Learning (OWL) Center, which provides writing conferences and tutoring services.