Admissions FAQs


1. Why should I attend Bellarmine?  
Bellarmine is a Catholic college preparatory school in the Jesuit tradition. Through dedication to academic excellence and development of the whole person, we graduate young men and women with competence, compassion, and conscience who are committed to leadership and service. 

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. When young people are surrounded by adults who care for the whole person, they often are not only religious, but have, as many Bellarmine graduates do, intellect, love, a commitment to doing justice, and an openness to growth. 

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 88 years. That being said, we welcome all applicants of any faith background into our community without judgement.

5. How do you evaluate applicants?  
The Office of Enrollment Management will approach admissions with the following core values:

  • Compassion
  • Competitiveness
  • Inclusion
  • Professionalism
  • Seamlessness
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 Kim Schulz at 253-761-3518 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 test on whichever date works best for your family. The test dates are:
  • Friday, December 2
  • Saturday, December 3
  • Friday, January 13
  • Saturday, January 14

You only need to select one test date. Please register for the HSPT through your online admissions account.

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

You can apply for admission at Bellarmine by creating an online account and filling out an application. Application status letters will be mailed by February 24, 2017.

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. Contributing to the tone of serious study in the school is the way students, faculty and staff are dressed and groomed. 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.