Great participation in the entrance exams for the 2026 class – La caravane
On Saturday, December 4, 205 eighth graders wrote the Mount Carmel Entrance Exam. This number far exceeds the recent average class size. With classes at MC averaging around 150 students, the future looks bright for the class of 2026.
A group of eighth grade students of different backgrounds, demographics and neighborhoods took the exam. Students can only take the entrance exam at one private high school, so many students who have taken the entrance exam have decided that MC is the place for them.
“I’m really happy with the turnout,” said Craig Ferguson, director of admissions at Mount Carmel, of the number of students who took the entrance exam. “There were more students than the average for the past two years, so we’re on the right track. “
At a time when enrollment in Catholic schools across the country is trending down, MC is fortunate to be heading in the right direction. The size of incoming classes at MC has remained stable in recent times, even increasing slowly.
The coronavirus pandemic has also very recently boosted enrollment in Catholic schools. Many families want to be sure that their children will remain in person in schools if another situation like the pandemic arises. The vast majority of Catholic schools have had at least some amount of in-person learning over the past year and a half. However, Mt. Carmel has the distinction of being one of the only schools in the entire Chicagoland region, if not the entire state, to be in person for school five days a week for most of the time. of the last school year.
While competing with other South Side private schools in track and field is considered the most direct means of competition, the most important is registration. Compared directly to other boys-only schools on the South Side, St. Rita, St. Laurence and Br. Rice, Mount Carmel has seen much better attendance at entrance exams. Direct competition for students choosing between Catholic schools on the south side is vital to the success of the school as a whole.
Having a good number of students is also important in reducing tuition costs. The school has fixed running costs, so more students means more money for tuition, which means that each student’s tuition fee can be kept reasonable.
Most of the 205 applicants will be freshmen at MC, especially those who have been touched by their observation experience at school. “After he followed up, we were sold,” said Jamie Guisinger, the mother of a student who took the entrance exam on Saturday. “He thought it was cool that everyone felt like brothers and everyone knew the sayings.”
Shadow Days provide excellent opportunities for students who may not yet be connected to Carmel to establish a relationship with students, teachers, or other members of the Mount Carmel community.
What particularly marked this student and his family was the sign hanging on the outbuildings which read: “You came to Carmel as a boy. If you care to struggle and work at it, you will leave a man. The ideals and values instilled in young men during their careers at Mount Carmel are the primary reason many students and families choose MC. Families value the moral and spiritual education their sons receive just as much, if not more, than the practical and academic education.
Ms Guisinger also said it all left an impression on her and her son, selling them on Mount Carmel as the place to be.