High School Admissions
What’s the deal?
Admission to private, independent, parochial, or selective enrollment high schools is dependent, in part, on High School Entrance Exam (HSEE) scores, and navigating these exams is even more complex than it is for college admissions. From ISEE to SSAT to HSPT to SHSAT, test acronyms—and parental & student confusion—abound.
The journey certainly presents challenges for our seventh and eighth-graders, who must navigate new obstacles. For most, this is their first high-stakes test. What’s more, the preparation process often reveals gaps in skills that students were not previously aware of, and these gaps vary depending upon the depth and rigor of teaching students have received across a range of grade schools they attend.
At Academic Approach, we use our SuperTest to assess your students’ skills efficiently across multiple topic areas and question types at once. Our expert directors use this SuperTest data to customize high-impact tutoring programs for students to help them raise their scores on the HSEEs and develop academic skills vital for success in high school.
About Our Curriculum
An Overview of the Exams
ISEE (Independent Schools Entrance Exam)
Required by Independent Schools (Dalton, Fieldston, Francis W.Parker, University of Chicago Laboratory School, The Latin School of Chicago, etc.)
SSAT (Secondary School Admission Test)
Required by Boarding Schools (St. Pauls, Phillips Exeter, Lake Forest Academy, etc.)
HSPT (High School Placement Test)
Required by Parochial Schools (Loyola Academy, St. Ignatius College Prep, etc.)
CPS HS Admissions Test
Required by Chicago Public Schools’ Selective Enrollment Schools (Walter Payton, Northside Prep, Lane Tech, Whitney Young, Jones, Brooks, King, Lindblom, Westinghouse, and South Shore)
SHSAT (NYC Specialized High School Admissions Test)
Required by NYC Specialized High School Schools (Brooklyn Tech, Bronx Science, Stuyvesant, High School of American Studies, etc.)