Bishop McGuinness High School

Application Process


How do I apply?


Applications for grades 9-11 for the year are accepted on a rolling basis. Priority consideration is given to students attending the Triad Area Catholic Schools through February 1; thereafter students are accepted on a space-available basis. The Admissions Committee will consider applications at the conclusion of the first semester. Notification of acceptance will be mailed in early March.


How do I get information about admission to Bishop McGuinness?


The BMCHS website offers the most up-to-date information regarding the various programs at the school. Click on the Admission tab to go to the online application. The Admission section also provides information regarding transportation; tuition/fees; financial aid; the Placement test.


When is your Open House? And what can I see there?


We have two Open House events.This program is geared for both student and parent. You will have the opportunity to tour the school and to speak with students, parents, faculty and staff regarding the A-Z’s of Bishop McGuinness.


Is there an application deadline?


Bishop McGuinness accepts students on a space available basis. Students attending the Triad area Catholic Schools, siblings of current and former BMCHS students; children of alumni; children of Bishop McGuinness faculty and staff, and children of other Triad Catholic schools faculty and staff are given priority consideration through February 1. Thereafter, students are admitted, based upon an applicant’s qualifications, on a space available basis. Early application is encouraged to avoid being placed on a wait list.

What do you look for in a Bishop McGuinness applicant?


In general, a well-qualified eight grade applicant
• Has achieved a score on the entrance exam which indicates an ability to achieve in a challenging college preparatory program.
• Has performed at or above grade level on standardized tests in the 7th and 8th grades
• Is progressing in all subjects commensurate with ability.
• Has received a favorable recommendation from his/her current school.
• Is interested in participating in Bishop McGuinness’ co-curricular activities, community service program, and has demonstrated a desire to participate in the spiritual dimension of the Bishop McGuinness community.


When is the Placement Exam?


The Placement Exam (ACT Aspire) is held at Bishop McGuinness each spring.  See the application for further details. The Placement exam is required of all students entering grade 9. Pre-registration is required.


Can I come for a visit?
Please call or email the Admissions Office, 336-564-1011 or, to schedule a tour and to speak with the admissions office regarding our academic, extra-curricular and campus ministry programs. 

How much does it cost to attend Bishop McGuinness?


The Tuition and Fee schedule can be found in the Admissions tab of our website. Tuition rates are determined in March for the next school year. To receive the Catholic tuition rate a pastor form, available in the application packet, must be completed and submitted to your parish office.


Does Bishop McGuinness offer financial assistance?


Tuition assistance is available to assist families with identified financial need. A program funded by local Catholic parishes is available for participating parishioners. A second program is available for applicants of other faith traditions (this program is self-funding). Awards are on a year to year basis. The deadline to apply is April 1 of each year; notification of assistance awarded begins in mid-May.

Does Bishop McGuinness admit and support students with learning differences and learning disabilities?
Bishop McGuinness admits students with diagnosed learning differences. Applicants must meet our admission requirements including an academic background that indicates they will achieve our graduation outcomes within the support structures we and the family provide. We celebrate that students learn in a variety of ways and partner with students and parents to ensure their success at Bishop McGuinness. We recommend that applicants with learning differences that require additional support make an appointment to discuss the accommodations required based upon a current psychological assessment.