Grade 8B

Class of 2019


September 2018

Please mark the following date and time on your calendar:

                                                                Monday, 9/24/18 at 7:00PM        Location: Auditorium

At this meeting we will discuss the TACHS test, Specialized High Schools, Public Schools etc.  The students will take a test called the Test for Admission into the Catholic High School or TACHS.

**PLEASE DO NOT FILE THE APPLICATION BY TELEPHONE OR ONLINE.  I WILL FILL OUT A PAPER APPLICATION WITH YOUR CHILD.      ** An examination fee of $63 includes a student handbook, test materials, and the reporting of scores to the three high schools of your choice. This FEE IS DUE ON Friday, September 14, 2018

Please make your check out to St. Matthias School.

The eighth grade year is very important.  You and your son or daughter should seriously discuss realistic high school choices.  When school opens in September, please take the opportunity to attend the Open Houses of the various High Schools. There will be two Catholic High School Fairs: Queens, Wednesday, Sept. 26th (St. John’s University from 6-8 PM) & Brooklyn, Thursday, Sept. 27th (St. Francis Collage from 6-8 PM) Public High School Fairs will be held on Saturday, September 22/Sunday, September 23/Saturday, October 13/Sunday October 14 (please refer to the website High/ to decide which fair you may wish to attend.)

Selecting a high school can be a dilemma. The more information you have, the better your decision will be. I suggest that your child put aside some time during the summer to prepare for the various high school entrance tests

If you are interested in the Specialized High Schools, please keep in mind that this is very difficult for the 30,000 + students who take it.  A minimum of 94% in Science and Math is a guideline for taking this test.  There is a practice book for this test.

Ms. Santoro /Mr. Gering

*Please do not file the application by telephone or online.  I will fill out a paper application with your child.*

 ***Many schools offer TACHS preparatory classes at a cost to you. You may register for these classes on your own. If you are interested call the location below:

Christ the King Regional High School: 1-718-366-7400 ext. 270

(SHSAT Prep also offered)

Msgr. McClancy HS: 1-718-898-3800 ext. 3 


Any questions regarding the high school process please send a written note to school.