Q: Do we apply for Financial Aid before or after applying for admission?
A: If finances are a concern for your family, you will apply for Financial Aid and admission to OLP simultaneously. The deadline for both applications is Monday, January 15, 2019. You will receive your admissions decision and, assuming your daughter is admitted to OLP, your financial aid decision at the same time in March. This will allow you to make the best decision for your family. Please see our Financial Aid FAQ’s for more information.
Q: How do we apply for a merit-based scholarship?
A: An application for admission must be submitted first. Following your daughter taking the HSPT at OLP, the Admissions Office will consider all students who have scored in the 90th percentile or above on the HSPT to apply for the Pilot Scholarship and the Fontbonne Scholarship. Students will be notified of their eligibility in early February. At this time, personal letters of recommendation will be accepted. Additionally, we will accept nominations from the principals at our partner schools for the Pilot Scholarship. These students will be considered for the Pilot Scholarship regardless of their score on the HSPT. We award 18-20 scholarships each year and, on average, 70 students qualify for the merit-based scholarships.
If you are an OLP alumna and your daughter scores in the 70th percentile or above on the HSPT, she will be invited to apply for the Alumna Scholarship.
More information regarding these scholarships can be found here.
Q: When and how can I register for the HSPT Entrance Exam?
A: Once you have submitted your daughter’s application for admission, she is automatically registered to take the HSPT on our campus on Saturday, January 26, 2019 at 8:00 am. More details regarding the exam will be sent following the application deadline.
Q: What is the purpose of the HSPT Entrance Exam?
A: The HSPT serves three purposes. 1) It is an admissions tool. Just like college, we receive applications from many different schools. The HSPT is one piece in the admissions process that is the same for all applicants. It is just that, though: only a piece. 2) The HSPT determines merit-based scholarship eligibility. 3) The HSPT will be used with your daughter's grades and her math placement exam to determine her English placement, math placement and whether or not she is eligible to take Biology in 9th grade.
Q: Where can I find the teacher/principal recommendation forms?
A: Once your application for admission has been submitted, you will log back into the Parent Portal using the same login information you used for the application. You will be directed to a checklist with remaining items to complete. These items include the principal, math teacher and English teacher recommendation forms. You will be asked to submit their email addresses for the forms to be sent to them. They will complete these forms electronically and once submitted, will automatically be checked off on your checklist. Please ensure you have current email addresses for your daughter’s principal/teachers and that you enter them correctly.
Q: How do I request grades from my current school?
A: Once your application for admission has been submitted, you will log back into the Parent Portal using the same login information you used for the application. You will now be directed to a checklist with the remaining items to complete. These items include the Transcript Request Form. You will be asked to download, print and sign this form. Once signed, please take it to your daughter’s CURRENT school (do not send it to OLP). This form gives your current school permission to send your daughter’s transcripts to OLP. They will send us her first semester/trimester of the current school year, last year’s transcript and her most recent standardized test scores.
Q: How do I request extended time for my daughter on the HSPT?
A: If you answer “Yes” to the question “Does the applicant have a current IEP and/or 504 Plan?” on the admission application, you will be asked to submit that documentation by email to [email protected] We request these documents be emailed by January 15, 2019, which means you should plan on submitting your admission application up to a week earlier than the deadline. This will allow us time to review the documentation and allow extended time when necessary.
Q: May we submit letters from our daughter’s coaches, tutors and current teachers who are not math or English and/or previous teachers?
A: Additional recommendation letters are in no way required or encouraged; however, if you feel there is someone who can add depth to your daughter’s application in a way her current teachers cannot, that person may submit a letter to [email protected] or by mail to the attention of the Admissions Office. An example of this would be that this is your daughter’s first year at her current school and you feel like her previous school knows her and your family in a different way.