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Flintridge Sacred Heart welcomes day and boarding applicants with a variety of talents, interests and perspectives. We seek students who are motivated and enthusiastic about learning, and who will contribute to and benefit from the stimulating academic environment offered.

List of 8 frequently asked questions.

  • 1. Start your application

    For students who have previously inquired with Flintridge Sacred Heart, you will receive your login information when applications open on September 1. If you have never inquired with Flintridge Sacred Heart before, please create your account and start your application now. 

    If you are having difficulties logging in or need to request your login information, please contact lmchugh@fsha.org.
  • 2. Submit your application fee

    All applicants must submit a non-refundable fee upon completion of their application.  
    • Day Applicants - $100
    • Boarding Applicants - $255
  • 3. Entrance exam

    As part of the application process, all applicants are required to have their results of one of the following tests forwarded to the admissions office:
    In order to take the HSPT or ISEE on our campus, you must first submit your online application. You will then register for the exam through the links in the confirmation email which will be sent to you. At this time, we can only accommodate one test registration per student and space is limited for each testing date.

    The HSPT will be given on our campus on December 14, 2019. 

    The ISEE will be given on our campus on January 11, 2020. The deadline to register for the ISEE at FSHA is Friday, December 20. Once registration closes for the ISEE, we will not be able to take late registrations after December 20 or walk-ins on the day of the exam.

    International Boarding Applicants:
    In addition to one of the above entrance exams, applicants for whom English is not their first language need to submit one of the following English proficiency tests: 
  • 4. Request transcripts

    After you submit your application log back into your account to download the transcript request form. Print it and deliver it directly to your current school.
  • 5. Request letters of recommendation

    Once your online application has been submitted, log back into your account and view My Application - Admissions Progress where you will have the option to request recommendations from your teachers in a few simple steps. Teachers will then be provided with instructions on how to complete their requested recommendations online.
  • 6. Complete your admissions interview

    Once the admissions team has received your completed application and fee, you will be contacted about scheduling your on-campus interview. For boarding students unable to visit our campus, Skype interviews are available. Please contact the admissions team before making any plans to travel to our campus. 

    *Completed applications should be submitted as soon as possible to ensure that your interview is completed on time.
  • Scholarship & financial aid information

    Veritas Scholarship
    All incoming ninth grade applicants (day and boarding) are automatically considered based on sterling teacher/principal recommendations; demonstrated outstanding achievement in academics; entrance exam results; co-curricular activities; and service to school and community. These are awarded to students and families regardless of their financial need and are renewable for subsequent years.
     
    Individual scholarships of up to $10,000 per school year will be awarded for students who enroll in Fall 2020. To be considered, applicants must have an application completed and submitted by December 4, 2019.
    Alumnae Scholarships
    Alumnae Scholarships are awarded to outstanding ninth grade students whose mothers or grandmothers are Flintridge Sacred Heart alumnae and who have strong academic records.

    To apply, please complete an Alumnae Scholarship application. Due date is Feb. 3, 2020.
    Financial Aid
    The financial aid application and the supplementary financial aid information (including tax return information) are due by February 1, 2020. See financial aid and scholarship information for more details. For all questions regarding financial aid, please contact the Business Office.

    *FSHA offers financial aid to applicants whereby all sources of employment income can be verified by a United States tax return. Financial aid is not offered for boarding students for their room and board fees.
  • Important Dates & Deadlines


    DeadlineDescription
    September 1, 2019Applications Open
    December 4, 2019Completed applications due for Veritas Scholarship consideration
    January 6, 2020Online Application for Day Students Due
    January 29, 2020Entrance Exam, Transcripts, Letter of Recommendation, and Interview (Day Students) Due
    February 1, 2020
    Online Application for Boarding Students Due

    Entrance Exam, Transcripts, Letter of Recommendation, and Interview (Boarding Students)
    February 3, 2020
    Financial Aid & Supplementary Financial Aid Information (including tax return)

    For Boarding Students: Financial aid offered to applicants whereby all sources of employment income can be verified by a United States tax return. Financial aid is not offered for room and board fees

    Alumnae Scholarship Application Due
    March 6, 2020Admissions Decisions, Scholarships, and Financial Aid Notifications (Day Students)
    March 10, 2020
    Admissions Decisions, Scholarships, and Financial Aid Notifications (Boarding Students)

    Admission to the boarding program will be on a rolling basis after March 10

Frequently Asked Questions

List of 14 frequently asked questions.

  • Q: Are campus tours available for students and families?

    Yes. There are a variety of ways you can visit the campus. We offer 8th Grade Shadow Days that have student- and parent-led tours. You will get to meet the admissions staff, the principal and faculty. Current student ambassadors take our visiting students into the classrooms to see school in session while parents are taken on a separate tour of the campus and into classrooms by Flintridge Sacred Heart parents. This gives our visiting families an opportunity to ask those all-important parent questions and to see firsthand a snapshot of student life on the Hill.

    Open House also offers the student and the entire family the opportunity to meet with students, faculty and staff. You can tour the campus and visit faculty in the classrooms; however, school is not in session during this event. Academic Preview Night is a closer look at the academic offerings at Flintridge Sacred Heart. Hear from department chairs, meet our college counselors, and take actual mini classes with some of our most exciting teachers! This event is open to applicants only.

    We realize that our boarding students often visit campus from out of state or out of the country and may find it difficult to schedule their travel to attend our admission events. For this reason, individual private tours are available. Interviews can be conducted on the same day as campus visits. Please call the Admissions Office at 626-685-8521 to schedule your visit.
  • Q: How much weight does the Admissions Committee place on exams?

    The Admissions Committee reviews all the application materials to get a full and complete picture of the applicant. We believe that the more information we have, the better informed we are. We realize that exam scores do not provide the full picture of a student, and this is why we conduct interviews, review transcripts and look at teacher recommendations.
  • Q: Do you have to be Catholic to attend Flintridge Sacred Heart?

    A: No. Flintridge Sacred Heart admits students of any race, color, religion and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. Flintridge Sacred Heart does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, racial or ethnic origin in the administration of its education policies, admission policies, financial aid, and athletic and other school-administered programs.
  • Q: When will we be notified of the admission decision?

    Admissions decision letters for day students will be mailed and emailed to candidates on March 6, 2020. Students applying for the day program must return their contracts and register at Flintridge Sacred Heart on March 16, 2020 in order to secure their space.

    Admissions decision letters for boarding students will be emailed to candidates on March 10, 2020. Students applying for the boarding program must return their contracts by April 10, 2020 in order to secure their space.
  • Q: What is the tuition?

    For the 2019-20 school year, day student tuition is $26,600 and boarding student tuition, room and board is $59,400.
  • Q: How many students are admitted to the 9th grade?

    On average, the day student program will admit between 85 and 95 students into the freshman year. The boarding program will admit 10 to 15 freshman students and 3 to 6 sophomore students.
  • Q: What type of student is Flintridge Sacred Heart looking for?

    Flintridge Sacred Heart is looking for quality students from diverse backgrounds who demonstrate the capability to handle a rigorous academic program, who exhibit positive social behavior, are committed to making a significant contribution to the community, and who seek a spiritual educational experience.
  • Q: Can boarding students transfer to the day program?

    It is school policy that students admitted to the boarding program cannot change to the day program. Since we are always at capacity and a waiting list remains active for day students, this does not allow room for a boarding student to transfer to day status, thereby taking the place of someone on the wait list.
  • Q: Does Flintridge Sacred Heart issue I-20s for international boarding students?

    Yes. An I-20 is the prerequisite to an F-1 Student Visa required by the United States government for an international student to study in the country. Flintridge Sacred Heart is INS/SEVIS-certified to issue I-20s. Flintridge Sacred Heart issues I-20s to accepted international boarding students after they have signed and returned their contracts with their deposits to Flintridge Sacred Heart. Once the student has received her I-20, the student then makes an appointment with the United States Consulate General in her home country to apply for the F-1 Student Visa. The F-1 Student Visa is the only visa accepted by Flintridge Sacred Heart.
  • Q: How many Advanced Placement and honors courses does Flintridge Sacred Heart offer?

    Flintridge Sacred Heart currently offers 34 Advanced Placement and honors courses on campus, as well additional AP classes through the Online School for Girls.
  • Q: Where do Flintridge Sacred Heart graduates go to college?

    Visit our Advising and College Counseling page for the most recent college matriculation information can be found. Typically, 100 percent of Flintridge Sacred Heart students attend college.
  • Q: Do Flintridge Sacred Heart students wear uniforms?

    Yes. There are a variety of uniform choices for Flintridge Sacred Heart students. Full dress uniform is the same for all students and consists of a red plaid skirt, a solid red blazer, a white shirt and black shoes. On school days when full dress is not required, students in the spring and fall have a choice of a pink or blue skirt, khaki pants or shorts, and a choice of white, green or blue polo shirts. In the winter, they have the choice of the red plaid skirt and khaki pants with the polo shirts.
  • Q: Is there a school bus service or carpooling?

    Q: Yes. Flintridge Sacred Heart has the Tolog Transportation Program, which requires students to either participate in a parent- or student-driven carpool or ride one of three bus routes through the San Gabriel Valley to get to Flintridge Sacred Heart in the morning. Flintridge Sacred Heart helps to match carpool drivers with riders when necessary.
  • Q: How do I request the optional Archdiocesan common paper application?

    Please email the admissions office if you would like to the Archdiocesan common paper application.

Nondiscrimination Policy

Flintridge Sacred Heart admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, financial aid, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

Optional Test Prep



Flintridge Sacred Heart will be the site host for optional test preparation programs offered by Learning Ladder this fall. Families who would like to apply to Flintridge Sacred Heart are not required to register for either of these programs.

  1. Optional practice exam: A simulation of the high school diagnostic exam will be administered on Sunday, October 13. Registration is available online.
  2. Optional test preparation: A series of boot camp test prep courses will be offered in October and November. Registration is available online.

Admissions Staff

List of 4 members.

  • Photo of Tracy How

    Tracy How 

    Director of Admissions and Enrollment Manager
    626-685-8522
  • Photo of Diana Rios

    Diana Rios 

    Associate Director of Admissions
    626-685-8333
  • Photo of Bridgit Johnston

    Bridgit Johnston 

    Assistant Director of Admissions
    626-685-8333
  • Photo of Analise Gay

    Analise Gay 

    Admissions Coordinator
    626-685-8521
Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy is an all girls' Catholic, Dominican, independent, college-preparatory day and boarding high school in the hills of La Cañada Flintridge. Overlooking Pasadena, FSHA educates girls from Los Angeles, Southern California and around the world for a life of faith, integrity and truth. 

Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy

440 St. Katherine Drive
La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011
High School Office: 626-685-8300
Admissions: 626-685-8521

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