Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart

Frequently Asked Questions About Admissions

What factors do you consider for admission to SHA as an incoming 9th grader?

For students entering as freshwomen, we look at scores on the Catholic High School Entrance Examination, elementary school grades, past standardized testing, and teacher recommendations.

What happens if my daughter misses the Entrance Exam given in November?

There are additional opportunities throughout the year to take the Entrance Exam.  Please call the Admissions Office at 834-2101, ext. 311 for more information.

Does SHA accept transfer students?

Yes.  Prospective transfer students must have a grade point average of 85 percent or higher.  We also require a copy of the the current report card as well as transcripts from the previous two years; two teacher recommendations; and an interview on the day of shadowing.   

Can my daughter visit SHA?

Yes, we believe that the best experience for your daughter is to spend a day “shadowing” a current SHA student throughout her entire Academy day.  We recommend that a prospective freshwoman shadow during the fall of her eighth grade year.  Transfer students may shadow at any time during the academic year.  To arrange a shadow visit, please call the Admissions Office at 834-2101, ext. 311.

What is a first choice student?

A first choice student is a prospective student who indicates that SHA is her first choice school on the Catholic High School Application for Admission.  First choice students take the Catholic High School Entrance Examination at SHA and are sent scholarship and financial aid information once SHA receives the prospective student’s application.

What districts offer busing to SHA?

Currently, nineteen school districts provide public transportation to SHA.  For a complete listing of these school districts, click here.

Are scholarships and financial aid available to transfer students?

Scholarships are awarded to entering freshwomen and most are automatically renewed if the student remains in good academic standing.  Occasionally a scholarship becomes available after ninth grade, for which a transfer student may be eligible.  Financial aid is awarded on an annual basis and therefore, transfer students may apply for financial aid during the application process. 

What is the annual cost of attending SHA?

Total tuition and fees for the 2014-2015 academic year are $10,455, composed of $10,105 for tuition and $350 in fees ($250 general fee and $100 technology fee).

Is there a registration fee?

A $500 non-refundable registration deposit is due upon acceptance.  The deposit will be credited to the student’s tuition account.

What are the financial obligations at SHA beyond tuition and the student fee?

All students pay tuition and the student fee.  You may be required to pay other fees depending upon your activities.  These other fees include a music fee ($250), private instrumental lesson fees, a sport fee (generally $75 per sport), advanced placement and college level course fees, and field trip fees.  In addition, students are expected to raise $125 for the annual walkathon and sell ten raffle tickets ($25 each) for the annual Sandstone event. SHA also invites voluntary gifts to the Annual Fund, which support the daily operations of the Academy and are tax-deductible.

Can I expect to pay book fees?

All students pay a general fee of $250, which covers the cost of consumable materials such as art supplies, laboratory supplies and manuals, vocabulary books, magazines, and Regents review books. The general fee also covers the yearbook cost and annual Parent Guild dues.  Many textbooks that students use are supplied by their school districts.

Are tuition payment plans available?

Yes, SHA offers three tuition payment plans:

  • Payment in full by July 1 (discount available)
  • Eleven equal installments commencing in July and ending in May.  The installment plan is administered through FACTS via direct withdrawal from your checking account at a predetermined date each month.
  • Semi-annual payments - two equal installments, July 1 and December 1.

What options are available to help families pay for a SHA education?

SHA works with families to find affordable options for financing a SHA education.  Options include merit and need-based scholarships, financial aid, tuition payment plans, the Tuition Assistance Program (a student work-study program), and education loans.

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