Acceptance & Placement

Incoming freshmen interested in attending Elder High School or any Archdiocesan high school must take the High School Placement Test (HSPT).

The HSPT is offered at Elder and across the Archdiocese on Saturday, November 18, 2023. The cost is $30.00 and it must be paid prior to the day of the test. Students should arrive at Elder by 8:00 A.M. and the test will end around 12:00 P.M.

Students may take the test at any Archdiocesan high school and have the option of sending their results to up to three different schools. To be eligible for scholarships at Elder, or for admission to our Honors Program, or for admission to Elder High School itself, prospective students completing the exam at another high school must indicate at the time of testing that they would like their results shared with Elder High School.

For students requesting accommodations during the HSPT, accommodation records (IEP/ISP/504/Accommodation Plan) should be provided to Elder from your grade school along with the Archdiocese of Cincinnati High School Placement Test Accommodation Form.

Make-up Test Date
In special cases where students are unable to test on the official test date, Elder will offer a make-up HSPT on Wednesday, November 29, 2023. If you need to test on the make-up date, then please register through the Archdiocese of Cincinnati HSPT Registration Page. Registration for the make-up test will open on November 18, 2023. Please contact Mr. Joe Pieper in Elder's Admissions Office at or 513-921-3429 with any questions.

Preparing for the HSPT

Elder High School offers HSPT prep camps over the summer for rising 8th graders as well as "boot camps" leading up to the official HSPT testing date. Both have track records of improving students' scores on HSPT practice tests and increasing their chances of merit-based scholarships.

Elder will offer two Boot Camps in November to help prepare for the 2023 HSPT. Each camp is identical in the instruction it delivers and total classroom time (four hours):

  • Boot Camp #1 - 8:30 A.M.-12:30 P.M. on Nov. 4
  • Boot Camp #2 - 6:00-8:00 P.M. on Nov. 14 & 16
Registration buttons for each camp are located on this page.

For More Information

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  • Photo of Brian Hiles

    Mr. Brian Hiles 

    Director of Admissions
  • Photo of Joseph Pieper

    Mr. Joseph Pieper 

    Admissions Manager
  • Photo of Lisa Grubbs

    Mrs. Lisa Grubbs 

    Admissions Coordinator