Application Process

My experience at Cardinal Gibbons has been phenomenal. It was a rough transition from public to private school, but I was given the necessary help and tools to succeed. At Cardinal Gibbons, you're seen as more of an individual, rather than just a statistic.​​

Yahweh Jeudy, Class of 2019

Step 1: Visit Us

Visit our beautiful, 18-acre campus to get a glimpse into the life of a Cardinal Gibbons student and see what sets us apart from other local high schools. Campus tours, led by a member of our Admissions team, will highlight points of interest throughout our extensive academic and athletic facilities. Campus tours are offered on select weekdays and can be booked by contacting Jill Lescher at (954) 491-2900 ext. 148.

Current eighth-grade and freshman students are invited to spend the school day at Cardinal Gibbons shadowing a student ambassador to experience firsthand all that Cardinal Gibbons has to offer. Shadowing sessions are offered from October through February and can be scheduled by contacting Jill Lescher at (954) 491-2900 ext. 148.

Step 2: Apply Online

Create an Admission Portal by completing our online application. Click the icon below to begin your application. 

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Step 3: Take the High School Placement Test

Submitting an online application will automatically register you to take the High School Placement Test (HSPT) at Cardinal Gibbons High School. The HSPT is offered at Cardinal Gibbons on one select Saturday during the month of December. The 2019 HSPT will be offered on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019. 

In order to be considered as a priority applicant, you must take the HSPT at Cardinal Gibbons on the designated testing date. Those who test at an alternate location may be subject to a waitlist.

Step 4: Submit Report Cards and Test Scores

All students applying as incoming freshmen are required to submit digital copies of their seventh and eighth grade report cards to admissions@cghsfl.org. If you took the HSPT at any location other than Cardinal Gibbons High School, you must also submit a digital copy of your HSPT scores to admissions@cghsfl.org. Those who tested at Cardinal Gibbons will automatically have their scores reported to the Admissions Office. 

If you currently attend a local Catholic or private middle school, please check with your school’s administration, as these documents may have been automatically forwarded to us, and no further action will be required on your part.

If you are a transfer student, please see the “Transfer Student” tab below for a complete of supplemental documents that must be submitted.

Step 5: Submit Letters of Recommendation

Cardinal Gibbons requires that all applicants submit two (2) letters of recommendation from current teachers. Both letters can be submitted electronically in your Admission Portal, where you filed your initial application.

 

Step 6: Submit Student Emergency/Release Form

The Student Emergency/Release Form can be found, and submitted, online in the Admissions Portal, where you filed your initial application. This form must be submitted in order to complete the application process.

Step 7: Receive a Decision

Decision letters for all incoming freshmen will be mailed throughout the month of January. Decisions for all transfer students will be made on a rolling basis beginning in May. All supplemental documents must be received by the Admissions Office before an application will be reviewed for consideration.

Transfer Students

Students transferring from other high schools must submit transcripts which include all credits earned at the high school level and must have an unweighted GPA of 3.1 or higher to be considered. Additionally, students who wish to transfer must also report their most recent standardized test scores (SAT, ACT, PSAT) to the Admissions Office via email at admissions@cghsfl.org.

The required two (2) letters of recommendation from current teachers may be submitted online in the student’s Admission Portal.  

Important Dates

Campus Tours
Tours are offered on select weekdays. All tours must be booked in advance.  

Shadowing
Shadowing opportunities are offered on select weekdays from October through February. Shadowing sessions must be requested in advance and will require approval from the student’s current principal.

Open House
Open House will be held on Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019 time TBD.

HSPT Exam
Cardinal Gibbons will offer the High School Placement Test on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019.

Notification of Decision
Incoming freshmen will be notified of an admissions decision during the month of January. All admissions decisions regarding transfer students will be made on a rolling basis beginning in May.

Registration Date
All students, including transfers, must be registered by July in order to attend Cardinal Gibbons for the first semester of the academic year, and by November for the second semester.

Applications for incoming freshmen completed after the initial application deadline will be considered on a rolling basis. The Cardinal Gibbons Admissions Office cannot guarantee acceptance to any late applicants.

Our School admits students of any race, color, sex, nationality or ethnic origin to all rights, privileges, programs, and other activities generally accorded or made available to the students at our school. We do not discriminate in the administration of educational policies, admission policies, athletics, or any other school administered program.