Admissions FAQs

1. Why should I attend Bellarmine?  
Bellarmine is a Catholic college preparatory school in the Jesuit tradition of education. The Jesuits believe that a high quality education is the best path to meaningful lives of leadership and service. While solid, challenging college preparatory courses in traditional academic disciplines form the foundation of Bellarmine’s academic program, each student’s educational experience is not limited to the basics. We offer unique programs and co-curricular activities such as:
•    Award winning Drama, Music, and Robotics programs
•    WIAA 4A Classification in the South Puget Sound League, 43 athletic teams in 18 different sports
•    Marine Chemistry student research program
•    Capstone Graduate program
•    Honors and Advanced Placement course sequences
•    Robust electives offering including Computer Science, Journalism, Sports Medicine, and Forensic Science

2. Why should I send my child to Bellarmine?  
Cura personalis – care for the whole person. This Latin term is the foundation for everything that we do at Bellarmine. Whether your child is in a class or hallway, or on a stage, field, or court, he or she will be treated with care and concern. Our approach to learning emphasizes inquiry, experience, action, and reflection. Our aim is to graduate students who are open to growth, intellectually competent, religious, loving, and committed to doing justice.

3. What are you looking for in an applicant?  
A strong applicant is a young person who desires a college preparatory education, is open to growth and is excited about working hard and sharing their God-given gifts and talents with the Bellarmine community. 

4. Are non-Catholics at a disadvantage when applying?
First and foremost, Bellarmine is a Catholic school in the Jesuit tradition. Bellarmine owes much of its success to the generous support of the Catholic community in Tacoma over the past 89 years. That being said, we welcome all applicants of any faith background into our community.

5. What makes Bellarmine unique?
Hear directly from two of our veteran faculty about what makes the Bellarmine community special:

6. When can I visit the campus?

There are many opportunities for students to visit the Bellarmine campus. Some of those opportunities include Experience Bellarmine Days, November Prospective Family Open House, or scheduling a tour. Please register for these events through your online account or call Cari Harrison at 253-879-9771 to schedule a tour.

7. Does the school provide transportation? 
Bellarmine provides bus transportation to Bonney Lake/Lake Tapps, Lacey/Olympia, Puyallup, Gig Harbor, and Federal Way. The busses transport students during the morning commute. If bus transportation is needed in other locations, we will consider those. We also provide carpool lists to families after registration. 

8. Which date should I take the High School Placement Test (HSPT)?
You should take the HSPT on whichever date works best for your family. We have four dates to choose from and you only need to select one HSPT date. Please register for the HSPT through your online account.

9. How do I apply for ninth grade admission to Bellarmine?

You can apply for admission to Bellarmine by creating an online account and filling out an application. Application status letters will be mailed in February.

10. When do you post the upcoming year’s tuition?

Updated tuition costs are approved by our Board of Directors and posted on our website in late winter.

11. Does Bellarmine have a dress code?

Yes. Bellarmine seeks to maintain an atmosphere that is conducive to the highest quality of academic pursuit complementing the mission of the school. The Dress Code is based on modesty, neatness, cleanliness, professionalism, good taste and safety. 

12. Does Bellarmine accept transfer students?

Bellarmine is excited to provide a new learning community for those students transferring into grades 10 and 11. Applicants for transfer into grades 10 and 11 do not need to meet the January 30, 2017 application deadline. We do, however, recommend that you turn in all paperwork by the end of February. Transfer applicants do not need to take the High School Placement Test (HSPT).You will be notified by mid-March of your application status.