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- How do I set up a shadow experience?
Prospective students can visit anytime they would like, provided we are not in the middle of quarter exams and/or semester exams. Prep would like to encourage 8th graders to visit anytime from late September through the first of December.
We would also like to encourage 7th graders to visit anytime in the spring from February to the end of April. We then would encourage them to visit again as an 8th grader for a different experience.
Please contact the Josh Luedtke, Director of Admissions, at 402-393-1190 or email@example.com to register for your visit. We hope to see you at Creighton Prep soon.
- How important is being a legacy?
All students are admitted based on their admissions application. This includes their entrance exam, grades from 7th and 8th grade, and any other standardized tests. We want all students to be admitted based on their qualifications. We will make note if an applicant is a legacy.
- How long does the shadow experience last?
The shadow experience typically last a full day. We ask that students arrive at 7:45 a.m., fifteen minutes before school. At this time, they will meet their Prep ambassador and remain with them until 2:30 p.m. They will be ready for pickup at 2:45 p.m.
- I am worried that my son will not make a sports team. What about sports?
Athletics at Prep are certainly competitive. Our teams are made up of talented, hard-working young men, not always the most talented athlete. For students who do not make a team, we direct your attention to our many co-curricular offerings. We know that only a small percentage of our athletes will eventually play on college rosters and we encourage athletes and non-athletes alike to venture beyond their comfort zone and become involved in new activities not related to athletics.
- Fall Sports-Tennis, Cross Country and Football (no cuts)
- Winter Sports-Basketball (cuts but two freshmen teams), Wrestling (no cuts) and Swimming (must have had prior swimming experience)
- Summer-Baseball, Golf, Track (no cuts) and Soccer
- Club Sports-Power Lifting, Lacrosse, Hockey, and Trap Shooting
- Intramurals-Basketball and Brisquitball (during community period)
- Is the significant investment in my son's education worthwhile?
Yes! Creighton Prep strives to educate the whole person. Through the development of every student's spiritual, intellectual, moral, physical and creative potential, we prepare students for life beyond Prep. As a preparatory school, we provide students with the tools to succeed in college. In fact, over 98 percent of our graduates attend outstanding four-year colleges and universities each year. In addition, 63 percent of our 2012 graduates earned college scholarships worth $21.4 million, an amount that exceeds Creighton Prep's annual operating budget!
- Is there a waiting list?
This depends from year to year on the number of applicants who have applied.
- What are Prep coffees and how do I sign up for them?
Prep coffees are information nights in a smaller scale environment. You as a prospective student and parent are important to us and we want to be able to get to know you and answer any questions you may have for us at Prep. You can sign up for Prep coffees through the High School Office. We will be setting the 2015 dates in the next few weeks.
- What are the criteria for acceptance?
The Admissions Committee at Creighton Prep primarily considers the following factors when making admissions decisions:
- Academic records from 6th, 7th, and 8th grades, including conduct and attendance
- Standardized testing scores in reading, language, and mathematics from 6th, 7th, and 8th grades
- Extracurricular activities and community service
- School recommendations
- What entrance exam test do you use?
The High School Placement Test (HSPT) is the standardized test we use at Prep. It is also the standard test for entrance to all Archdiocese high schools in the Omaha area.
- What grades does a student need for admittance to Prep?
Most students admitted to Prep have grades in the A and B range. Students with C’s are also admitted to Prep but may have to fulfill a summer school recommendation or requirement.
- What kind of admissions criteria does Creighton Prep use?
Creighton Prep looks at the whole body of work when it comes to admitting students. We look at the entrance exam, the applicant’s grades from his 7th and 8th grade years, and any other standardized testing the applicant has experienced during his 7th and 8th grade years. There is no simple formula for admissions to Creighton Prep. Prep will look for young men who are committed to their education, community service, leadership opportunities and co-curricular activities.
- When does a student get dropped off and picked up for a shadow experience?
The student should be dropped off at the administrative offices for their shadowing experience. The students will check into the High School Office and meet their ambassador for the day.
- Where should I take the test?
A student should test at the school he is considering to be his primary school for admissions. He can always have a copy sent over to another school for admissions at a later date. The reason for this is Prep gives 35 academic scholarships based on the entrance exam (must be taken the day of the entrance exam and at the school where he tested) and financial aid applications are reviewed based on taking the test on the first date it is given. Over $1.8 million dollars is awarded in financial aid to Prep students.
- Will I fit in? Will I feel comfortable?
One of the biggest concerns expressed by prospective students is whether or not they will fit in. The thing to remember about this question, and the uncertainty behind it, is that when you get to high school, everyone is the new kid. Though there are, inevitably, small groups of students who know each other from grade school, the majority of students are new to one another.
Understanding this, and working with it, the members of the Prep community reach out and embrace each and every student as an individual. The idea is called cura personalis, a Latin term meaning "care for the individual". This idea runs its course through the admissions process, through your classes, through sports and clubs, and through graduation and beyond.
At Prep we care about who you are, where you come from and why you are here. We want you to be comfortable and we want you to feel at home. We are family at Creighton Prep!