Important Information for the Class of 2026

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Upcoming Dates & Deadlines:

August 23, 2021 - October 24, 2021: Register for the TACHS Exam. For more information please visit

August 23, 2021 - November 5, 2021: Enter your HS Choices in You have up until November 5th at 5:00 pm to enter or change your high school choices. SCA's TACHS ID # is 215.

September 21, 2021: Virtual Open House - SCA will be hosting a Virtual Open House from 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm. 

October 30, 2021: In-Person Open House - SCA will be hosting an in-person Open House from 11:00 am - 2:00 pm. 

October 30, 2021: The window to apply for Financial Aid for incoming freshmen is now open. The window closes on December 15, 2021. All applications are filed online and cost $40.00 which is non-refundable. If you need assistance in applying please contact the Finance Office at 718-882-2882 Ext. 162 or Students will be notified of financial aid awards in their acceptance packet. To apply, visit

November 3, 2021: In-Person Information Session - SCA will be hosting an in-person information session from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm. 

November 5, 2021: Online TACHS Exam Day.

November 20, 2021: Online TACHS Exam Day (late registration).

December 15, 2021: Paper TACHS Applicant Records for Public School Students due to students' three (3) high school choices. To download the TACHS Applicant Record, please visit Applicant Records can be emailed to

December 15, 2021: Window for St. Catharine Academy Financial Aid closes.

January 19, 2022: Students will receive their Acceptance Letters via email between 4:00 pm and Midnight.

January 22, 2022: First SCA Entrance Exam. See below to register.

February 9, 2022: Deadline for Application Card to be returned. 

March 3, 2022: Deadline for Registration.

July 5 - July 15, 2022, SCA’s Summer Program of Academics, Leadership, and Service for registered Class of 2026 students. 

Tuition & Fees:
Tuition for 2021 - 2022: $11,550.00
General Fee for 2021 - 2022: $800.00 (includes a graphing calculator and leased iPad)
Application Fee for 2021 - 2022: $200.00
Tuition is collected from July through April for incoming Freshmen and Transfer students and June - April for returning students
*Tuition is collected by FACTS Management Company
What does it mean to be a Mercy School?
Catharinites, who are students in the Mercy tradition:
  • Walk the world as a seeker of intellectual and spiritual growth.
  • Possess a moral compass that guides her life's journey.
  • Advocate for educating women everywhere.
  • Embrace a global vision of compassionate service to those in need.
  • Face her life's challenges with confidence. 
Is there Financial Aid available, if so, how do I apply?
The application process for financial aid through FACTS is open. Families will be notified with their acceptance notices in January. To apply go to the FACTS website: and create an account. There is a $40 nonrefundable application fee, payable by debit or credit card. Final SCA awards are contingent upon funds available and the number of families requesting aid.  Your award will be included in your acceptance letter.
Your 2020 taxes and W-2s should be attached to your financial aid application.
For current SCA students, the Financial Aid window will be open from March to May 2022 with announcements made at the end of the current school year.
Does SCA offer an academic scholarship?
An invitation to become a Trustee Scholar, SCA academic scholarship program, is awarded to freshmen who achieve a rank of 92nd percentile on the TACHS examination and meet attendance and behavioral requirements. Students must place SCA on her list of schools on the TACHS in order to be considered for a Trustee Scholarship. A Trustee Scholarship is equal to 55% of tuition. Students must follow the prescribed course of study and meet academic and behavioral standards to remain eligible. Students may enter the Trustee Scholar Program at any level.
How do I get to SCA?
St. Catharine Academy is located in the heart of the Bronx. We are conveniently located on Williamsbridge Road and Pelham Parkway. Our Laconia Avenue side Lobby Entrance is located directly across the street from the 5 train station (Pelham Parkway stop). In addition, the BX 8 and 12 buses stop on Williamsbridge Road and Pelham Parkway. We are also in close proximity to the Metro-North Fordham train station.
What is SCA's Average Class Size?
The average class size is about 25 students. The class sizes depend on the grade level and subject that students are taking. 
What is SCA's Student/Faculty Ratio?
The student-to-faculty ratio is 17:1.
Does SCA offer a Breakfast and Lunch Program?
Yes, SCA does offer a Breakfast and Lunch Program. The breakfast and lunch program is professionally prepared by Division Food Service Management. We do not offer the city breakfast - lunch free or reduced program. Students are welcome to bring their own lunch.
Do students have to wear uniforms at SCA, if so where are they ordered from?
Students are required to wear a school uniform. Uniforms are ordered through Flynn & O'Hara. SCA gym uniform is an SCA T-Shirt (which can be purchased at the book room in the cafeteria) and school-appropriate sweatpants, leggings, or shorts.
Does SCA require an additional application outside of the TACHS Exam in order to apply?
If you missed the TACHS exam you must take St. Catharine Academy's entrance exam.  The cost is $65.00 which will be applied to your application fee of $200 if accepted to St. Catharine Academy.  Partaking in this exam in no way implies acceptance to SCA.  Our entrance exam is virtual. It will be offered periodically. To register for the SCA Exam, please click on the attached link. You will also need to attach the form below completed by your principal or guidance counselor with a scan of your report cards for the 6th, 7th and 8th grades.
If you have more questions or concerns, submit your questions here.