Transfer Process

St. Joseph's Prep welcomes qualified transfer candidates who have at least a "B" average (or comparative numerical scores) and receive an outstanding recommendation from a recent Math, English, or equivalent teacher.

Transfer applicants are reviewed on a rolling basis in the spring. The Admission Committee will render a decision as soon as possible after receipt of a completed application. Where necessary, placement subject tests will be administered for students considering a transfer into the Prep to ensure potential class-level placement.

Please note, the Prep transfer process considers students entering into the fall semester of 10th or 11th grade. Mid-year transfers for students currently in 9th, 10th, or 11th grade are considered on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the Admission Office directly for more information.

To begin the St. Joseph’s Prep transfer process, please complete the following steps:

  1. Fill out an online admission application HERE (requires a non-refundable $60 processing fee).
  2. To be considered for financial aid, you must complete a Financial Aid application via the Tuition Aid Data Services (TADS) HERE. See below for more information about this process. This is not a required step of the transfer application process.
  3. Provide St. Joseph’s Prep with your official school transcripts and most recent Standardized Test Scores. Click HERE for the Transcript Request Form. See below for more details.
  4. Please have a current teacher complete a recommendation about your academic performance. A Recommendation Form must be given directly to a teacher who will mail (or email) the completed directly to St. Joseph’s Prep.
  5. Please complete a Transfer Applicant Essay for Admission. Guideline about the essay can be found HERE.
  6. Completing a HAWKLIFE Shadow Visit and interview. To set up a visit and interview, please contact the Admissions Office at 215-978-1958.

Transfer Process: Additional Information

School Transcripts/Standardized Test Scores

Students must provide official school transcripts as well as copies of the most recent Standardized Test Scores.

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 year must be sent directly to St. Joseph’s Prep in June.

Current 10th graders applying for 11th grade admission – please provide a transcript of your 9th grade marks as well as your most recent high school report card from 10th grade. Final grades for the current school year must be sent directly to St. Joseph’s Prep in June.

Teacher Recommendations

As stated above, your teacher recommendation MUST be completed by a teacher that can speak to your academic performance and profile.  Additional recommendations from a mentor, coach, etc. are not required.   If a a mentor, coach, etc. would like to complete a separate recommendation, it can be emailed to our Director of Admission, Howie Brown '99, at

Financial Aid

To be considered for financial aid, check "yes" on the online transfer application. After you've submitted the online transfer application, you must complete a Financial Aid application via the Tuition Aid Data Services (TADS). TADS will conduct financial need assessments for families that need assistance in paying tuition. The application process is fair and confidential. A TADS application must be completed online at

Please note, Financial Aid consideration for transfer students can only take place once Financial Aid funds have been allocated to returning St. Joe's Prep students. The best option for transferring families is to be placed on a Financial Aid waiting list. It is possible, but not guaranteed, that Financial Aid may be available for your family. Please note as a returning student your child will be eligible for maximum financial aid consideration. For questions about the Financial Aid process please contact the Director of Financial Aid, Brian McCloskey '91 at 215-978-1012 or

More Information about the Financial Aid process:

  • Financial aid applicants are reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
  • The financial aid process requires families to provide information of an inherently personal nature and SJP adheres to the highest standards of confidentiality.
  • Financial aid is awarded on the basis of a family's financial need.
  • The Prep is committed to providing an education to talented students regardless of their financial situation. However, due to limits placed on the financial aid budget, funding is not guaranteed and 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, grandparents or other relatives, church funds, outside scholarships or grants, or any student earnings. Financial aid awards help bridge the gap between what a family can afford and the full cost of a St. Joe’s Prep education
  • A variety of criteria are considered, including income (taxable and nontaxable), assets, number of dependents, number of children attending tuition-based schools, number of parents who are working, etc. 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.
  • The amount of aid provided to each family depends upon established need, the amount of aid dollars available, and the number of applicants for this aid.
  • Financial Aid packages are allocated on a one year basis only. If financial aid is needed for the remaining years, updated applications must be submitted each winter via TADS and financial aid will be allocated each spring.

"I can't believe how fast the junior year is flying by for Jacob and how much he is enjoying it. Transferring to the Prep was the best decision we ever made."

-Barbora O'Connell (mother of Jacob O'Connell '19)


St. Joseph's Preparatory School
Office of Admission

Lorrie McKenna

St. Joseph's Preparatory School
1733 West Girard Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19130
tel: 215.978.1950
fax: 215.765.1710
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