Application & Overview

Admissions Overview
Strake Jesuit is a Catholic, private, all boys, college preparatory school for young men grades 9 to 12 that develops leaders in a spiritual, Christ-centered atmosphere distinguished by academic success, extracurricular achievement and service to others. Based on the inspiration of St. Ignatius, the founder of the Jesuits over 450 years ago, the goal of a Jesuit education is for each student to realize that he is called to be open to growth, intellectually competent, loving, religious, committed to doing justice and a Man for Others.

Applicants should be academically prepared, willing to perform dedicated and consistent academic work outside of class every day, and be receptive to the various religious formation programs which are essential to the school's total program. 

Fall Semester (August - December)
The Admissions year begins in the Fall Semester (August - December) with a variety of optional programs offered to interested applicants. Our shadowing program (Crusader for a Day) is available through the end of the semester. These programs are available to 8th grade students by appointment. The Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) is offered at Jesuit in mid-November. Our yearly Open House is the last week of November.

Spring Semester (January - May)
Mid-January marks the end of the window for submitting freshman applications, with the High School Placement Test (HSPT) entrance exam falling around the same time. In mid-March, incoming freshmen will receive decision letters and financial aid notifications. The Crusader for a Day shadowing program resumes after Spring Break. In early April, admitted freshmen complete the registration process. More detailed information about the entrance exam, important dates, opportunities to visit the campus, tuition and financial aid is available in the Admissions menu to the right.

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Please submit your application between August 25, 2018 - January 15, 2019. 

Teacher Recommendation Forms and Record Release Form

Teacher Recommendation Forms and Record Release Form
Strake Jesuit asks that all applicants submit teacher recommendation forms from their current English teacher, Math teacher, and Principal/Counselor. Students should give the forms to their teachers, who will complete the forms and then send them directly to the Strake Jesuit Admissions Office. Strake Jesuit accepts either the Catholic High Schools recommendation forms or the Houston Area Independent Schools (HAIS) recommendation forms, and both sets of forms are available below. If your son plans to apply to multiple private high schools, please consult with those schools to determine which recommendation forms they require.

Contact the Admissions Office at 713.490.8113 or admissions@strakejesuit.org with questions or for more information.

Admissions Checklist

All applicants must complete/submit the following items:

1. Complete the Online Application

Freshman applicants should submit the online application between August 25, 2018 and January 15, 2019. Transfer applicants should submit the online application between August 25, 2018 and March 25, 2019.

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2. Submit Teacher Recommendation Forms and Record Release Form

Applicants should submit teacher recommendation forms to their current English teacher, Math teacher, and Principal or Counselor. Applicants should also submit the Record Release Form so that their current school can send Jesuit the student's transcript and standardized test scores.

Applicants can use either the Catholic Schools High School forms or the Houston Area Independent Schools forms:

See the "Teacher Recommendation Forms and Record Release Form" tab above for more details.

3. Take an Entrance Exam

As part of the application process, Strake Jesuit requires that all applicants who are applying as incoming 9th or 10th graders take an entrance exam and submit their scores to the Admissions Office. 11th or 12th grade transfer applicants do not need to take an entrance exam.

Strake Jesuit offers and accepts both the Independent School Entrance Examination (ISEE) and the High School Placement Test (HSPT). Incoming 9th or 10th graders can take either the ISEE or HSPT to fulfill their entrance exam requirement. To learn more about the two entrance exams, see test dates, sign up, or view the FAQ, click the button below.

Entrance Exam Info

4. Optional Items - Visit Strake Jesuit

While applicants are not required to visit Strake Jesuit in order to apply, we strongly recommend that applicants and their families visit Jesuit and any other schools that they are considering.

Prospective students can participate in any of the following:

  • Shadow through our Crusader for a Day program
  • Attend Open House
  • Attend a Campus Tour
  • Visit Jesuit for an athletic competition, academic competition, or performance. You can view our School Calendar and Athletic Competitions Calendar online.

Visit Strake Jesuit

5. Optional Items - Apply for Financial Aid

We believe that the cost of tuition should not deter a student from applying to Strake Jesuit and are committed to working with each family's unique circumstances to provide need-based tuition assistance.

At Strake Jesuit, we accept students based on their ability to succeed in the classroom; embrace our Catholic, Jesuit mission; and become a leader and Man for Others  - NOT their economic circumstances. For the 2018-19 school year, approximately 15% of the student body will receive financial aid from a budget of $2.04 million. Awards ranged from $3,000 to full aid.

Freshman applicants should submit their Financial Aid application by January 15, 2019 and transfer applicants should submit their application by March 25, 2019.

For more information or apply for Financial Aid, click the button below.

Financial aid info


Non-Discrimination Policy: Strake Jesuit admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded and made available to students at these schools. Additionally, Strake Jesuit does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of their educational policies, scholarships and loan programs and athletic and other administered programs.