“There is always one moment in childhood
when the door opens and lets the future in.”

– Graham Greene

Application Process

Eighth grade girls interested in St. Joseph High School are required to take the Test for Admission into Catholic High Schools (TACHS) in the fall to be considered for admission and an academic scholarship. Students may select three schools to receive their scores. While St. Joseph High School considers all three choices, special preference is given to students listing SJHS as first or second choice.

TACHS handbooks can be picked up at all Catholic elementary and high schools. For additional information and registration, visit tachsinfo.com or call 1-866-61TACHS.


St. Joseph High School’s TACHS code is 009.



Nondiscrimination Policy

St. Joseph High School does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, or national and ethnic origin in its admission policies, nor in the administration of its programs, educational policies, scholarship program, or other school administered programs.


Admission is based on the following »

  • TACHS Exam results.
  • Grades 6-7-8 (first trimester) grades, personal progress and attendance.
  • Elementary school teacher recommendations for English and Language Arts, and Math.
  • Satisfactory achievement on the New York State Exams and standardized tests.
  • Personal essay.

All grade 9 applicants must submit a double-spaced, 500-word essay based on this quote from noted 20th-century author Graham Greene:

“There is always one moment in childhood when the door opens and lets the future in.”
Explain what Greene’s quotation means to you and how it applies to you as you begin your freshman year at St. Joseph High School.

Transfer admission is based on the following »

  • High school transcript.
  • Teacher recommendation.
  • Interview with parent and student.

Students with Individual Education Programs »

Students with an Individual Education Programs (IEP) will be interviewed by the Director of Admissions and an administrator. Please contact Elizabeth Peralta at eperalta@SJHSbridge.org or 718.624.3618 ext. 21 to schedule an interview.

St. Joseph High School Summer Readiness Program »

Enrollment is required if standardized test scores are at the 50% percentile or lower.
The Summer Readiness Program at St. Joseph High School offers students an opportunity to improve basic skills in literacy and mathematics in preparation for success in high school. Students focus on core problem solving, decision making and cooperative team building skills.

This three-week program offers students the opportunity to meet SJHS faculty and staff and classmates and become familiar with St. Joseph High School. For more information about the program, please contact Elizabeth Peralta, Director of Admissions at eperalta@SJHSbridge.org or 718.624.3618 ext. 21.

  • Program Dates
    Three weeks in July
    Monday – Thursday
    8:30 AM – 12:00 Noon
  • Tuition and Registration
    Register before February 15 – $350
    Register on or after February 15 – $400

Student MetroCards are provided. Students may bring a nutritious snack. Attire is casual and comfortable but must be appropriate for school.

Admissions Forms

Important Information


All recommendation forms and student records can be mailed to:

Director of Admissions
St. Joseph High School
80 Willoughby Street
Brooklyn, New York 11201




Important Dates



October 25

SJHS Open House, 6-8 p.m.


November 2

Test for Admissions into Catholic High Schools (TACHS)


January 16

Class of 2023 acceptance notices mailed


January 24

SJHS High School Info Night, 5-7 p.m.

$350 nonrefundable deposits due

March 1

Registration for Class of 2022


St. Joseph High School
TACHS Code: 009