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Admissions Office – Rosie Ryan

843-849-9599, ext. 125

Email Rosie Ryan

Director of Admissions – Kit Brownell

843-849-9599, ext. 134

Email Kit Brownell

Bishop England High School

363 Seven Farms Drive

Charleston, SC 29492

PHONE:  843-849-9599

FAX:  843-849-7849

How many students attend Bishop England High School?

For the 2019-20 school year, our student body is about 680 students for grades 9 through 12.  Members of our current freshman class of 192 students attended 36 different schools.

Do I have to be Catholic to attend BEHS?

No, you do not have to be Catholic to attend; we welcome students of other faiths.  For the 2019-20 school year, about 70% of our student body is Catholic.

How much is tuition?

For the 19-20 school year, a Catholic family pays $9,900.00 per student in tuition.  The amount for families of other faiths is $14,400.00.  Tuition does not include the non-refundable registration fee, books or the uniform, but it does include planner, yearbook, tag day participation and most class fees.

Is there tuition assistance?

Bishop England offers tuition assistance for families in need.  The school does not offer merit or athletic scholarships.  You must qualify for the assistance by submitting your financial information to FACTS; this process typically begins in March of the application year, and the student must be accepted and registered before beginning the process.

Is it ever too late to apply?

We will continue to accept applications as long as we have space in the classes needed by the applicant.  Best course of action is to call and ask the admissions office.  We do not accept local, senior transfers without valid, extenuating circumstances; this is a rare occurrence.

Do I have to test for admission?

Possibly, based on the year for which you are seeking admission.  All eighth and ninth grade applicants living in the local, tri-county area are expected to take our admissions testing which is the High School Placement Test (HSPT).  For incoming ninth or tenth grade students who do not live locally, please call or email the director to discuss your options.  Transfer upperclassmen (grades 11 and 12) do not need to take the HSPT but should have some other type of standardized testing result to submit during the application process.

How well must I score on the Placement Test?

We do not set a minimum, national percentile on the High School Placement Test-HSPT for acceptance. By mission of our Catholic school, we accept a wide range of ability levels.  However, its results are a very strong component used by our admissions committee for placement into our levels of study.

What courses do you offer?

We offer honors and college-preparatory level courses beginning in grade 9.  We have fourteen Advanced Placement courses in which qualified students my earn college credit beginning in the sophomore year.  Our AP program is highly successful and had a 77% pass rate for the 19-20 school year; a three year average of 86%.  You may view our course offerings here:  Course Offerings.

Are support services offered for learning differences?

Yes, our school runs an accommodations and academic support program to assist students with a diagnosed learning difference supported by a psycho-educational evaluation completed by a licensed psychologist within the past three years.  There is a process to obtain these services:  Application for Accommodations.

May students with intellectual disabilities attend?

Yes, we have the Options Program which provides an inclusive educational experience for students with special needs.  The program is a language-based academic program with emphasis on processing information through listening, speaking, reading, and writing.  Students with mild to moderate cognitive and developmental delays could be accepted and included in regular classrooms to the greatest extent possible. Participating students earn a “Certificate of Achievement” upon completion of the program due to the modification of curricula.

May we visit the school? May a student shadow?

Our admissions office is always scheduling campus tours with our prospective families and meeting with families to answer questions.  Please contact our admissions office by email or phone to set up a scheduled tour.

We also can accommodate those who are interested in spending some time on our campus shadowing a current student for a half day or full day.  We have specific shadow days planned for our partner schools in November and will be working with your schools in the coordination of those days.  We will also conduct another shadow morning in January which will be available to those applicants who test with us in our first pool; details will be provided at the time of testing.  If you would like to shadow outside of these days, please click out to the Visit BE page and complete the form to shadow for a morning or day.

What fine arts do you offer?

Our fine arts department offers classes in drama, chorus, visual arts, music appreciation, and music theory.  We have choral and drama performances and art shows each semester in which our students may put their talents on display: Arts

What sports do you offer?

We offer a wide range of sports for boys and girls spanning the fall, winter, and spring seasons:  football, volleyball, tennis, swimming, lacrosse, basketball, soccer, wrestling, cheer leading, baseball, golf, and softball. Many of our sports offer teams at the junior varsity and varsity levels, and a good number of our sports do not have try-outs hoping to include a high number of our students in physical activity.  Students in the 7th and 8th grades of our local, Catholic partner schools may try-out/join our junior varsity level sports.  Bishop England High School is a member of the SC Athletic High School League which governs all rules and regulations for its members:  Athletics

What clubs/extracurricular activities do you offer?

In addition to our fine arts and sports programs, we offer over 30 clubs/organizations in which our students may engage to meet other students of similar interest and to enjoy spending time participating in that activity:  Clubs and Organizations.