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Attending Fenwick

Learning about potential high schools is an exciting, but sometimes challenging process. As you prepare for the high school application process, we encourage you to learn about Fenwick, by attending an open house, scheduling a shadow day and to send us your questions. We also hope that you will attend the many other events we host throughout the year such as athletic games and fine arts performances. Eighth graders who feel that Fenwick is the right fit and wish to apply, must take the Archdiocesan Entrance Exam at Fenwick in order to be considered for admission. The exam is held each year in early January.

Transfer students are also welcomed at Fenwick.

If you ever require more information than is available on this website, please contact Cathy Kaszuba in the Admissions Department at 708-386-0127 ext. 109 or

You can also fill out an Admissions Inquiry and we will be in touch with you.

Open House

Meet current students, teachers, coaches, administrators and alumni! Our open houses are exciting events for parents and students alike. The brief, informative program and tours provide an in-depth look at campus life and all of the possibilities being a Fenwick Friar holds.

Upcoming Open Houses

Thursday, November 10, 2016 – 7 p.m.
Sunday, December 4, 2016 – 1 p.m.
Tuesday, April 25, 2017 – 7 p.m.

Shadow Days

Get the Fenwick Friar experience by signing up for a shadow day and being a Friar for a day. Eighth grade students are welcome to visit Fenwick during the fall semester (from September 16–December 11, 2016) and 7th grade students are welcome during the spring semester (February 16–May 7, 2017).

How it Works

Students will be paired with a Fenwick Student Ambassador, one with whom the student shares common interests. If the junior high visitor has a sibling who is a student at Fenwick and would like to shadow him or her, please inform the Admissions Department of that person when the appointment is made. This does not guarantee a shadow day with that particular student.

A student can shadow any day of the week Fenwick has classes, except Mondays. Check with your elementary school to see if they have a specific day scheduled for students to shadow high schools.

Shadow days begin at 8:30 a.m. and end at 2 p.m. unless there is a special schedule for the day. Shadows will be given a voucher to use in the Student Cafeteria to purchase a lunch.

What to Wear

Fenwick High School maintains a uniform dress code. We ask that shadows adhere to our dress code.

Boys: Dress pants, dress shoes and a collared shirt. Polo style shirts are acceptable. Fenwick students are required to wear a tie, so if the shadow feels comfortable wearing one, he may feel free to do so.

Girls: Dress pants or dress skirt and dress shoes.

Absolutely NO jeans, gym shoes, T-shirts, sweat pants, sweat shirts, sleeveless or mid-drift tops allowed. Shadows will not be allowed to attend classes if they are inappropriately dressed.

How to Schedule a Shadow Day

In order to accommodate your preferred shadow day date, please contact the Admissions Department at least one week in advance.

Schedule your shadow day

Complete the online Shadow Day Form

Contact Shadow Program Coordinator

Cathy Kaszuba
708-386-0127 ext. 109

Entrance Exam

The entrance exam for the class of 2021 will take place Saturday, January 14, 2017.

As a college preparatory school, Fenwick admits 8th graders who demonstrate the academic potential to succeed at Fenwick High School and eventually in a four-year college or university. While it is important to understand that Fenwick is a selective high school, it is equally important to understand that Fenwick seeks well-rounded young men and women who not only excel academically, but also possess leadership qualities. A selective admission process assures that the students accepted will be able to do well at Fenwick if he or she puts forth the necessary effort.

Entrance Exam Process

In order to gain admission at Fenwick High School, you must take the exam at Fenwick on the scheduled exam date.

A request of an applicant’s middle school standardized tests and report cards will be made after the child sits for the exam.

There is no pre-registration.

The student should bring No. 2 pencils and the $25 examination fee (cash or check made payable to Fenwick High School)

Students will be tested on reading, grammar and mathematics skills.

Enter the building though our parking lot entrance on East Avenue.

Students should dress comfortably for the exam.

Students will be dismissed between 11:30 a.m. and noon.

Families will be notified of the student's admissions status via mail after February 15. Results cannot be disclosed prior to that date.