Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get information about admission to Salesian?

  • Peruse this section of the website; if you'd like additional information please click the "Request Information" button at the bottom of this page.
  • Call 510-234-4433, ext. 1001
  • Write to Salesian College Preparatory, 2851 Salesian Avenue, Richmond, CA 94804 Attn: Admissions Department

Can I visit Salesian?


We invite prospective students and their families to campus with the following programs:

  • Our Shadow Program is designed for 8th grade students interested in attending Salesian College Preparatory. The Shadow Program provides the opportunity to experience Salesian student life firsthand. Prospective students are paired with a Salesian student ambassador for the day. The student “shadows” the ambassador by accompanying him/her to classes, lunch and student activities - experiencing the richness of campus life at Salesian College Preparatory. Shadow visits for prospective students run September through February and are scheduled online at
  • 8th Grade Days: 8th grade classes from Bay Area schools are invited to attend our 8th Grade Days, held in September and October. 8th grade students, along with their teachers and chaperones, spend a half-day at Salesian College Preparatory experiencing Salesian school life. We invite teachers and administrators from Bay Area schools to schedule an “8th Grade Day” by contacting Admissions Director Christina Karabinis at or (510) 234-4433, ext. 1416.
  • Information Nights: In the fall and spring, prospective applicants and their parents and guardians are encouraged to attend our Information Nights to learn about Salesian’s college prep curriculum, athletic program, student clubs and more. Dates of upcoming Information Nights are listed at
  • Open House: The annual Salesian Open House is held on Sunday, October 20, 2019. This is a wonderful opportunity for families and students to tour our 21-acre campus, speak with students and faculty, meet with athletic coaches, guidance counselors and alumni. Pre-register and receive a special gift.

What do you look for in a Salesian applicant?

In general, a well-qualified eighth grade applicant:

  • Has achieved a score on the High School Placement Test (HSPT) which indicates an ability to perform in a challenging college preparatory program.
  • Has performed at or above grade level on standardized tests taken in the 7th and 8th grades.
  • Has received a favorable recommendation from his/her current school.

What is the criteria for admission to Salesian?

The Admissions Committee considers the following:

  • Grades from 7th and 8th Grade
  • School and Teacher Recommendations
  • High School Placement Test (HSPT) Scores
  • Applicant Interview

How do I apply?

Students should apply online. Submitting an application online ensures accurate transmittal of your information and an immediate e-mail confirmation of receipt. The application process for students applying for the 2020-2021 school year begins in September 2019.

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How much does it cost to apply to Salesian?

The application fee is $100.00

When is the application deadline?

The admissions application deadline is January 6, 2020.

Does Salesian offer tuition assistance?

Tuition grants may be available to students with demonstrated financial need. The school is committed to providing assistance to as many qualified students as possible. Tuition grants application packets are available online and in the Finance Office beginning in December. For further information please contact Eileen Howard in the Finance Office at or (510) 234-4433, ext. 1204. All inquiries are strictly confidential.

Academic and merit scholarships may be offered to a limited number of students based on the strength of their applications. For further information please contact the Director of Admissions, Christina Karabinis, at or (510) 234-4433, ext. 1416 or Admissions Assistant Rebecca Mangle, at or (510) 234-4433, ext. 1001.

Director of Admissions:
Christina Karabinis
or (510) 234-4433, ext. 1416

Registrar and Admissions Coordinator:
Rebecca Mangle
or (510) 234-4433, ext. 1001