Applying to Good Counsel

Thank you for your interest in Our Lady of Good Counsel High School.

Please click on the following drop-downs with information that will help guide you through the application process for the upcoming 2017-2018 school year:

Students Applying from an Archdiocese of Washington Elementary School

  1. Students must complete a Good Counsel online admissions application and submit it to Good Counsel with a non-refundable $50.00 application fee by Friday, December 9, 2016.

  2. Students must take the High School Placement Test in their parochial school. Students who miss the test must make arrangements with the Catholic Schools Office to retake the test.

  3. The Archdiocese sends choice cards to parochial schools. Students use the card to select three high schools. These three high schools receive the complete transcript from the student's elementary school. The transcript is comprised of report cards, all testing results, and recommendations from the Principal and teachers.

  4. The Good Counsel Admissions Office reviews each student's complete transcript when rendering a decision. Archdiocesan students do not submit the transcript release and recommendation forms to their school.

NOTE: Students applying to the Ryken Program must also follow the additional procedures outlined here.

Students Applying from a Non-Archdiocesan School

  1. Students must complete a Good Counsel online admissions application and submit it to Good Counsel with a non-refundable $50.00 application fee by Friday, December 9, 2016.

  2. Students must make arrangements with the Catholic Schools Office to sit for the High School Placement Test. For information about testing, visit the Archdiocese High School Placement Test (HSPT) web page.

  3. At the end of the first quarter, parents must request a complete transcript in writing from the student's current school with grades and testing information covering the student's previous two academic years.

  4. Students must submit teacher recommendations from their current Math and English teachers.

  5. The Good Counsel Admissions Office reviews each student's complete transcript when rendering a decision.

NOTE: Students applying to the Ryken Program must also follow the additional procedures outlined here.

Transfer Students

  1. Students must complete a Good Counsel online application and submit it to Good Counsel with a non-refundable $50.00 application fee.

  2. Parents must request in writing from the student's current school a complete transcript with grades and testing information covering the student's previous academic year and the first semester of the student's current academic year. A form is included in the GC Admissions Packet or online.

  3. Students must have two teacher recommendations from their current Math and English teachers. A form is included in the GC Admissions Packet or online. Transfer students are admitted on a space available basis.

The mid-year transfer application deadline is November 11, 2016. The application deadline for fall transfers is March 24, 2017.

International Students

Please visit our GLOBAL PROGRAMS page for admissions information.

Admissions Criteria

Applicants to Our Lady of Good Counsel High School are evaluated for admission based upon the following criteria:

  • Submission of the Good Counsel Application Form with application fee
  • Appropriate ability as demonstrated on the Archdiocesan Entrance Exam (HSPT)
  • High level of academic achievement in the seventh grade and first quarter of the eighth grade
  • A demonstrated sincere desire to attend Good Counsel
  • Recommendations of principals and/or teachers
  • Satisfactory disciplinary and attendance history
  • In person interview with a member of the Good Counsel community.

Our Lady of Good Counsel High School reserves the right to revoke acceptance at any time for academic and/or disciplinary reasons.

ONLINE APPLICATION and Scholarship Forms

Currently we are not accepting anymore applications for the 2017-2018 school year.

Online Registration for Archdiocese High School Placement Test

To schedule placement testing, visit the Archdiocese High School Placement Test (HSPT) web page.

Rights and Non-Discrimination

Our Lady of Good Counsel High School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to the students at our school.

We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in the administration of our educational and admissions policies, scholarship programs, and athletic or other school-administered programs.

FAQs

What percentage of your senior class is college-bound?

The annual average is about 99+%. Good Counsel High School graduates attend colleges and universities across the nation ranging from fine arts institutions to Ivy League schools.

213 members awarded a four-year scholarship total of over $33 million - the average award per graduate is the highest in school history.

How many applications do you receive each year?

The Admissions Office has approximately 750+ active applications each year. From those, Good Counsel selects a freshman class of 300.

Is there a separate application for academic scholarships? How are scholarship decisions made?

There is no additional application for academic scholarships. There is a separate form for Fine Arts scholarships, as well as Speech and Debate scholarships. Academic scholarships are awarded based on the applicant's performance on the Archdiocesan Entrance Exam (the HSPT), transcripts, the application essay, and extracurricular achievement. The typical recipient scored better than the 95th percentile on the HSPT, has a history of superior classroom achievement in challenging courses, and has an essay and list of extracurricular achievement which stands apart from the rest of the applicants.

What is the average class size?

The school-wide average class size is 22. Good Counsel's student-teacher ratio is 13 to 1.

What transportation options are available?

Good Counsel currently offers many options for bus routes in Montgomery County and Howard County, access bus route information. Good Counsel also provides the student directory in zip code format for parents interested in arranging car pools.

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