Catholic High School is a college-preparatory high school in Little Rock, Arkansas, founded in 1930 that strives to challenge boys academically while also teaching the truths of manhood – faith, integrity, and, as Father Tribou often stressed, duty.

Admission Timeline


Shadowing at CHS
Students from non-parochial schools can schedule a date to shadow a current freshman student. Shadow days are offered in the fall and winter. Prospective students arrive on the scheduled day and time and attend all afternoon classes and activities.

Open House – January
Prospective students and parents are invited to the campus to visit with teachers and learn more about the academic offerings of the school.

Senior students will provide a tour. Attendees then go to the gym to visit with the coaches and learn about the extracurricular activities offered.

The Entrance and Placement Examination – February

Catholic Hbody_admissions_timeline_400x270igh accepts students from twenty-two elementary schools with varying grading practices and criteria for promotion to the next grade level. The entrance exam is designed to provide a foundation by which the academic progress of each student can be assessed. It is not a “pass-fail” exam. Instead, it is designed as an instrument to help us predict the potential for success in Catholic High’s rigorous system. Your son should not fret about the exam, but he should most certainly take it seriously.


We require that your son do the following on entrance exam day :

  1. He is to wear khaki pants, a button-down shirt, and a tie. This dress code reinforces from the outset that Catholic High is a place where education is serious business. Don’t worry.  He’ll fidget at first and then view his new attire as a source of pride.
  2. Your son should arrive by 8:30 a.m. to begin check-in. The exam will begin promptly at 9:00 a.m. and will last approximately three hours.
  3. Boys currently enrolled in Catholic parochial schools should bring a $5.00 testing fee.
  4. Each student will bring two #2 pencils.
  5. The exam will take place in the school auditorium on the second floor of the building.   We will have current students available to assist the boys before and after test time.


Interviews – March

Student interviews will take place in March. Selected applicants, accompanied by one or both parents, will meet with the principal, Mr. Steve Straessle.

Applicants for Ninth grade will be informed of acceptance or non-acceptance by the end of March.

Freshmen Orientation – April
The freshmen orientation meeting, held in April, is for all incoming freshmen and their parents.  Incoming freshmen receive their entrance exam scores and learn more about what it means to be a “Catholic High boy.”

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Upcoming Events
  1. Wrestling Match (away)

    January 24 - January 25
  2. Incoming Freshmen Open House

    January 26 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
  3. Freshmen Basketball Game (home)

    January 27 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  4. Bowling Match

    January 28 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm