Steps to Becoming a Bell

Whether you are a 6th grader just wanting to attend Open House, or an 8th grader ready to apply, everything you need to know about the process of becoming a Bell is on this page.


Bellarmine uses Ravenna Solutions for our admissions process. By setting up a Ravenna account, you'll be able to sign up for a Shadow Day, apply and get information and updates from us regarding admissions and other events on campus.

Our Ravenna site will open on September 10th.


High School Info Nights


The San Jose Diocese coordinates a series of High School Information Nights for junior high (7th and 8th grade) students and their parents each fall. These events offer attendees the opportunity to become better acquainted with participating high schools and their admissions processes.

The info nights are scheduled at six different locations around the Diocese, and are formatted to allow students/parents to attend up to three 25-minute sessions per evening.

Bellarmine sends its Admissions team, along with current Bellarmine students, to these evenings so that parents and students can get a feel for what Bellarmine has to offer and determine if it might be the right school for your family.

Registration is not required.

2019 Schedule
Tuesday September 10 7:00 - 8:30 pm Mosty Holy Trinity School
1940 Cunningham Ave
San Jose, CA 95122
Wednesday September 11 7:00 - 8:30 pm St. Lucy School
76 Kennedy Avenue
Campbell, CA 95008
Thursday September 12 7:00 - 8:30 pm Queen of Apostles School
4950 Mitty Way
San Jose, CA 9529
Monday September 16 7:00 - 8:30 pm St. Simon School
1840 Grant Rd
Los Altos, CA 94024
Tuesday September 17 7:00 - 8:30 pm Holy Family School
4850 Pearl Ave
San Jose, CA 95136
Wednesday September 18 7:00 - 8:30 pm St. Catherine of Alexandria School
17500 Peak Avenue
Morgan Hill

Participating Schools:

Archbishop Mitty High School, San Jose
Bellarmine College Prep, San Jose
Notre Dame High School, San Jose
Presentation High School, San Jose
Saint Francis High School, Mountain View

Shadow a Bell

Bellarmine’s Shadow Program is a terrific way for 8th grade students to get an inside and accurate look of what it is really like to be a Bellarmine student. Shadowing is not a mandatory part of the application process, but it is a great opportunity to spend some time on our campus in the company of a Bellarmine student.

Current Bellarmine students guide their 8th grade shadows throughout the morning. Admissions representatives are available to answer any questions, and the program concludes just before lunch. Students tell us year after year that this was the best way for them to get to know Bellarmine.

We offer shadow days on select Tuesdays from mid-September through early December. Online registration opens on September 10th, and is completed in Ravenna. Our shadow days do tend to fill quickly, so reserve your slot early.  Ravenna is updated in real-time with each new registration, so it always accurately reflects availability of our shadow dates. 

If you experience technical difficulties along the way, contact Ravenna at

Detailed Shadow Day instructions for parents and students are available on the Shadow Program webpage.

Come to Open House

All prospective students, along with their families, are invited to attend our annual Open House on Sunday, October 27, 2019. Feel free to stop by any time between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm. Registration is not required.

During Open House, you can:

  • Take a tour
  • Explore the campus on your own
  • Chat with current students
  • Meet our faculty and staff
  • Check out our athletic and co-curricular programs
  • Learn about the application process

We'll begin tours at 10:00 am, with the final tour scheduled at 12:50 pm. Students will direct you to Liccardo Center, where tours will begin.

Parking, Map and Directions

Parking restrictions will be lifted on the 27th, so you may park on surrounding neighborhood streets. However, we ask that you please be mindful of our neighbors and ensure that you do not block their driveways.

Virtual Tour and Campus Map

Driving Directions

We look forward to seeing you in October. Go Bells!


The application process for incoming freshmen is completed through Ravenna.

The application for the Class of 2024 will open on September 10th. All of the following steps must be completed in Ravenna by December 13, 2019, 11:59 pm.

Ravenna will walk you through each step of the process:

  1. Complete the application form
  2. Submit two essays
  3. Sign up for the HSPT exam
  4. Submit a parent/guardian statement
  5. Print and submit Academic Records Request Form to your school office (this is the only form to be printed during this process)
  6. Request two Academic Recommendations (i.e., provide each recommender's email address in the Delegate Form)
  7. Request one Non-Academic Recommendation (optional) (i.e., provide the recommender's email address in the Delegate Form)
  8. Upload copy of baptismal certificate (only if Catholic)
  9. Pay the $75 application fee

If you experience technical difficulties along the way, contact Ravenna:

NOTE: Please contact the Admissions staff if you need assistance in a language other than English.
NOTA: Por favor póngase en contacto con el equipo de Admisiones si necesita ayuda en un idioma que no sea inglés.

Taking the HSPT

The HSPT, created by Scholastic Testing Service (STS), is a comprehensive placement test for eighth graders which high schools, including Bellarmine, use to assist with their ninth grade admission process.

Students can take the HSPT entrance exam at Bellarmine or at any of the other San Jose diocesan high schools. Applicants may also take the test in a diocese other than San Jose, e.g., Oakland or San Francisco. The exam may only be taken once and you must register in advance.

If you would like to take the exam at Bellarmine, you will find the registration form within the online application. Bellarmine HSPT dates are January 11 and 20, 2020.

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