FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS 2019-2020
HOW DO I APPLY TO FORDHAM PREP?
Fordham Prep requires all applicants fill out an online application available beginning September 1, 2019. Applicants must also submit their final 7th grade report card and the first report card they receive in their 8th grade year. Finally, all applicants must take an entrance exam. Fordham Prep accepts the Test for Acceptance to Catholic High School (TACHS, code #113), the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE), Secondary School Admissions Test (SSAT), the Catholic High School Entrance Exam (CHSAA, code #113) and the High School Placement Exam (HSPT).
WHAT IS YOUR ADMISSION CRITERIA?
Each applicant is unique and individual so Fordham Prep does not require a minimum grade level or entrance exam score. Students who receive B’s or better on their report cards and score in the top 25% on their entrance exam (75th percentile or higher) are strong candidates for admission.
DO YOU AWARD FINANCIAL AID?
Fordham Prep awards financial aid to eligible families who need help with tuition costs. Awards are based on individual family circumstances. There is a separate financial aid application. Provided the application is received on time, you will receive notification of any award before Registration Day. Financial Aid awards do not need to be paid back. For the 2019-2020 academic year, Fordham Prep awarded $4.3 million dollars in tuition assistance. Financial Aid can be combined with merit-based scholarships.
DO YOU AWARD SCHOLARSHIPS?
Fordham Prep awards merit-based scholarships to incoming freshmen. Must have excellent grades and score within the top 10 percent (90th percentile) on their entrance exam to be considered for a Merit Scholarship.
HOW MANY SPORTS DO YOU HAVE? HOW MANY CLUBS TO YOU HAVE?
We have 41 separate teams in 18 varsity sports. On average, each year we offer over 60 student-run co-curricular clubs.
HOW DO I GET TO FORDHAM PREP?
Fordham Prep is accessible by Metro-North, NYC bus, subway, and parkways. The Fordham and Botanical Garden stops of Metro-North are directly accessible by the Harlem and New Haven lines coming from the north or south. Hudson Line travelers must switch at the Harlem-125th Street to a northbound train to access these stations. The BX9 and BX12 busses both stop on Fordham Road directly outside the campus gates. The BX19 bus stops outside the campus gate on Southern Boulevard. The D Train and 4 subway lines both stop at Fordham Road. Our campus is a short walk east from both on Fordham Road. Our campus is less than one mile from exit 7W on the Bronx River Parkway (coming from either the north or south).
WHAT IS YOUR AVERAGE CLASS SIZE?
Our average class size is 23 students. This does not include classes that have 10 students or less.
WHAT IS YOUR STUDENT TO FACULTY RATIO?
Our student to faculty ratio is 12:1.
WHAT CLASSES ARE REQUIRED?
Fordham Prep students are required to take four years of English, Language (classical, modern, or a combination), and Religious Studies. They are required to take three years of Math, Science and Social Studies; two years of Physical Education/Health, and one year of Visual and Performing Arts.
DO YOU OFFER AN HONORS PROGRAM?
Fordham Prep offers an Individualized Honors Program based on the idea that each boy is unique in the gifts that have been bestowed upon him. Fordham Prep offers regular, advanced, honors, and AP level courses. Each boy is invited to create a schedule that challenges and motivates him. Freshman can take up to five honors classes and are invited to do so based on their Fordham Prep Placement Exam scores.
DO YOU OFFER AP CLASSES?
Fordham Prep offers 19 AP courses. They are Latin, English Language, English Literature, Studio Art, Art History, Calculus AB, Statistics, Chinese Language, Spanish Language-Culture, Biology, Chemistry, Physics 1, European History, Macroeconomics, Psychology, U.S. Government & Politics, U.S. History, World History.
HOW MUCH HOMEWORK DO FORDHAM PREP STUDENTS DO?
On average freshman have 2.5-3 hours of homework per night. They should expect 30 minutes of homework in each subject every evening. Freshmen take six academic subjects.
DO YOU USE A COMMON CORE CURRICULUM?
WHAT IS A JESUIT?
Fordham Prep is operated under the sponsorship of the Society of Jesus (The Jesuits), an order of Roman Catholic priests. Currently both Jesuit priests and laymen and women comprise the faculty and staff of Fordham Prep. The Society of Jesus is guided by the belief that God can be found all around us, in the people and situations we encounter, in circumstances either every day or extraordinary. Working for the greater glory of God, in whatever settings they find themselves, is the mission of Jesuits everywhere. This is also the mission of all of us at Fordham Prep. Whether in the classroom, on retreat, on the playing field, at a club meeting, at a service site or even simply passing someone in the hallway, this fundamental and ever-hopeful belief in God’s desire to meet us in our daily lives and in the lives of others is the cornerstone of all our interactions.
DO I HAVE TO BE CATHOLIC TO ATTEND FORDHAM PREP?
No. On average, over 20% of our student body is not Roman Catholic.
ARE YOU PART OF FORDHAM UNIVERSITY?
Fordham Prep has a very close relationship with Fordham University. Qualified seniors may take classes at the University and use their library for research. Many athletic teams use the University’s NCAA Division I facilities. School-wide Masses are also held in the historic Fordham University Church.
WHERE DO FORDHAM PREP STUDENTS GO TO COLLEGE?
Fordham Prep students attend the colleges and universities around the country and the world. In the past five years our graduates have attended include every Ivy League school, all United States Service Academies, and top ranked private, public, Catholic and international schools. Click HERE for a full list of recent college destinations.
HOW MUCH IS YOUR TUITION?
Our full tuition for the 2019-2020 school year is $20,960. On average, approximately 45% of Fordham Prep families do not pay our full tuition having received a merit-based scholarship, financial aid, or both.
WHEN IS YOUR OPEN HOUSE?
We will next host an Open House on Thursday, October 17, from 6-8 pm, and on Sunday, November 3, from 1-4 pm.
DO YOU HAVE A SHADOW DAY PROGRAM?
Eighth graders can visit the Prep as part of our Ram for a Day program. Visits begin on October 1, 2019. For more details, please click HERE.