Frequently Asked Questions

Thank you for your interest in Immaculate Heart. We look forward to meeting you and helping you throughout the admissions process.

The following is a list of responses to frequently asked questions. If you have additional questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us in the Admissions Office by phone at 323-461-3651, ext. 800, or send us an email at admissions@ihs.immaculateheart.org.

High School Admissions FAQs

List of 19 frequently asked questions.

  • When are applications due?

    All ninth grade applications are due Friday, January 8, 2021.
  • What is the application fee?

    The application fee of $85.00 is due on January 8, 2021. Upon receipt of your application and application fee, a place will be reserved for you at the Entrance Exam (HSPT).
  • When are transcripts due?

    Transcripts (sixth, seventh, and first quarter of eighth grade report cards, and all standardized tests) and the three Student Evaluation Forms from the Principal or Counselor, eighth grade English Teacher and eighth grade Math Teacher are due on Friday, January 15, 2021.
  • Which scholarships are offered?

    Merit scholarships, in the form of tuition reduction, will be awarded to incoming ninth graders who qualify based upon their scores on the Entrance Exam (HSPT) which will be given on Saturday, January 16, 2021. Recipients must also meet all of the school’s admission requirements. Merit scholarships are not transferrable, but they are renewable each year, provided that the student maintains a 3.5 grade point average.
  • How do families apply for financial aid?

    Funds from the school’s scholarship program are available to students who qualify for ninth grade admission to Immaculate Heart and who need some financial assistance. Parents applying for financial aid must complete an application at FACTS online application and send a copy of your 2019 tax returns to FACTS by January 8, 2021. For more information, please visit our Tuition Information page.
     
  • What happens at the Personal Admissions Meeting?

    As part of the admissions process, students are given Personal Admissions Meetings with a member of the faculty, counseling staff or administration. At least one parent must come with the student to her meeting. It is important to get to know each student, her interests and goals in attending Immaculate Heart, as well as to learn more about her overall contribution to our school community. Personal Admissions Meetings are scheduled on Saturday, January 23 or Saturday, January 30, 2021.
  • How much weight does the Admission Committee place on test scores?

    The Entrance Exam (HSPT) is only one part of a larger admissions process. The Admissions Committee reviews test scores alongside transcripts, the application forms and the Student Evaluation Forms completed by the Principal or Counselor, eighth grade English Teacher and eighth grade Math Teacher. We encourage students to continue to do well in their 8th grade year.
  • How many spaces are available?

    It varies by year but our freshman class is generally around 125 students.
  • What tests does my daughter need to take for admission?

    For admission to the high school, we administer the High School Placement Test (HSPT) – an assessment that reviews what a student will have learned all throughout her middle school years.
  • Do we have to take the Entrance Exam (HSPT) at Immaculate Heart?

    Students must take the Entrance Exam (HSPT) at Immaculate Heart on Saturday, January 16, 2021 to be considered for merit scholarships and the Scholastic Achievement Certificate.

    To receive the Scholastic Achievement Certificate, students must earn a composite score of 90 or above on the Entrance Examination (HSPT). 

    The HSPT will also serve as placement in honors English, Science, and Social Studies classes. Honors placement tests in math and foreign language will be administered in May.

    Upon receipt of your application and application fee, a place will be reserved for you at the Entrance Exam (HSPT) on Saturday, January 16, 2021 at no additional cost - no reservations are required. We understand that the situation is constantly changing and will make adjustments to ensure the safety of our students. 

    Alternatively, students may take the ISEE (Testing Code: 571057) in lieu of the HSPT Entrance Exam - additional fees will apply from ERB. Please check www.erblearn.org/ISEE for testing sites and dates. Immaculate Heart must receive ISEE scores no later than January 31, 2020.
  • When will we be notified of Immaculate Heart's admission decision?

    Admission decisions will be posted on Friday, March 5, 2021.
  • What are the class sizes?

    Class sizes are on average 17 students per class.
  • What is the school schedule?

    School begins at 7:45 a.m. each morning and ends at 2:15 or 2:45 p.m., depending on the day. Even when we are in a distance learning format, our school schedule is posted online and updated regularly.

    Furthermore, our schedule can be seamlessly transitioned - without disruption -  to a hybrid model or fully on campus when it is safe to do so.

  • Do you offer bus transportation?

    Yes, our school offers bus transportation. We currently provide three routes; one serving the Pasadena-Glendale areas, the San Fernando Valley as well as a route servicing the Ladera Heights-La Brea-Larchmont areas. Other areas may be served in the future depending on parent interest. 
  • Where do graduates go to college?

    Today, more than a century after the school’s founding and ovrt 10,000 graduates later, virtually 100 percent of our students matriculate to college, including some to the most prestigious universities in the country. Many receive significant scholarships based on their academic performance. All are prepared to make a difference in the world. See College Matriculation for a list of recent college acceptances.
  • Do you have to be Catholic to attend?

    While Immaculate Heart is a Catholic school, the student body reflects many faith traditions.
  • Do you accept transfer students?

    Students who wish to transfer to Immaculate Heart for 10th or 11th grade must contact the Admissions Office. Transfer Applications are due Friday, May 7, 2021. Acceptance is based on a student’s application as well as spaces available in her grade level.
  • Do you require parent service hours?

    We are very fortunate to have parents who willingly volunteer to assist with different events on campus. Parents show their support for their daughters by continually being an active part of their daughters’ high school life. With such a gracious parent community, we do not require service hours. All parents of Immaculate Heart High School and Middle School students are members of the Parent Council, and are encouraged to attend the monthly meetings listed in the school calendar.
  • Why choose an all-girls' school?

    In a recent commission by the National Coalition of Girls’ Schools, Dr. Linda Sax looked at the annual, nationwide study of the renowned UCLA Higher Education Research Freshman Survey of students entering their first year of college. In Dr. Sax's study, Women Graduates of Single-Sex and Coeducational High Schools: Looking for Differences in their Characteristics and the Transition to College, some of her results include:
    • Women graduates of all girls’ schools exhibit higher academic engagement and tend to outscore their coeducational counterparts on the SAT.
    • Graduates from all-girls’ schools demonstrate higher levels of academic self-confidence in their writing and public speaking abilities and show greater confidence in their mathematical and computer abilities. They are much more likely to pursue careers in engineering than their co-ed counterparts.
    • Graduates from all-girls’ schools are more likely to participate in student groups and have greater political engagement.

Admissions Office

List of 2 members.

  • Photo of MJ Bautista

    MJ Bautista 

    Director of Admissions (IHHS)
    University of California, Irvine - B.A.
    Woodbury University - M.A.
    California Lutheran University - Ed.D.
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    Kelli O'Brian 

    Admissions Coordinator
    Loyola Marymount University - B.A.
An independent, Catholic, college preparatory school for girls in grades 6 through 12, Immaculate Heart has been located on a beautiful hillside property in the Los Feliz area of Los Angeles since our founding by the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in 1906. We celebrate more than a century of nurturing the spiritual, intellectual, social and moral development of students as they distinguish themselves as women of great heart and right conscience.