Admissions Policy

 Bishop Machebeuf High School has an open but selective admissions policy. Students of any race, religion, ethnicity, gender, and nationality are admissible and accorded all rights, privileges, programs, and activities, through recruitment efforts, admissions policies, scholarships, athletics, and other school-administered programs. Bishop Machebeuf High School does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, creed, color, or national origin.

Applicants are reviewed by the Admissions Committee.  Offers of admissions are based on academic competence, standardized test scores, letters of recommendation from an administrator/principal, Math teacher, and English teacher, writing samples, and completion of the questionnaire.  The Admissions Committee uses this information to estimate the applicant’s ability to be successful at Bishop Machebeuf High School.

Bishop Machebeuf High School is open to students who sincerely seek a Catholic College Preparatory education and meet the requirements listed below according to the guidelines established by the Archdiocese of Denver:

1.  Because every Catholic child has a right to religious instruction and formation in the Catholic faith, admission preference is given to Catholic students.

2.  No person shall be admitted as a student unless that person and his or her parent(s) subscribe to the school’s philosophy and agree to abide by the educational policies and regulations of the school and the Archdiocese of Denver.  Whether Catholic or non-Catholic, the student must agree to attend religious classes and school-conducted religious activities (see Conduct during Assemblies and Liturgies).

3.  No student will be admitted to any Catholic school unless he or she is deemed to have reasonable hope of successfully completing the school’s program.  In doubtful cases, students may be admitted on a probationary basis with dates and criteria of evaluation clearly established in writing.

4.  Students shall not be denied admission to the Archdiocesan school because of a disability unless the disability seriously impairs the student’s ability to successfully complete the school’s academic program, or unless the school cannot provide sufficient care or make reasonable accommodations for the disabled child.  In some instances, admission may require a birth certificate to verify a student’s age.

5.  Each Catholic school retains the right to set local admission standards, policies, and procedures in addition to those specified by the Archdiocese of Denver.

6.  A copy of the 2016-2017 Student & Parent Handbook is given to all enrolled students.  Parents/legal guardians are to indicate in writing (the Handbook Receipt Form) that they have read and agree to adhere to the policies and regulations therein.

7.  Parents’ who wish to enroll their children in special programs outside the school, academic or otherwise, during the school day, may also do only with the written consent of the Principal and approval of the Archdiocese of Denver Office of Catholic Schools.  Such requests shall be judged on a case-by-case basis and if granted will be for a period of no more than one academic year.  Granting this type of enrollment is solely at the discretion of the Principal and the Archdiocese of Denver Office of Catholic Schools.


8.  All updated Admission dates and deadlines will be posted on the admissions website – please refer to this timeline.

9.  A student applying for admission who has a sibling currently enrolled at Machebeuf must be in good standing on their tuition account.  An applicant’s file will not be reviewed if the family is not in good standing.

10.  Students who have signed-up for a Green and Gold Shadow Day must be hosted by a member of the same gender.  No exceptions will be made to this policy.  Any requests for specific hosts need to be made in writing by the shadow’s parent/guardian at least one week prior to the confirmed shadow date.  It cannot be guaranteed that a shadow will be paired with the requested student.

11.  All shadows will be required to be signed-out by a parent/guardian at the end of the visit.

12.  Machebeuf is more than happy to accommodate a school’s 8th grade class, based on availability.  All students will be required to have a parent/guardian sign a permission slip turned in prior to the shadow date, and Machebeuf will need copies of each permission slip.  The Admissions Office will work directly with the administrator/staff member that sent the request.

13.  All incoming freshmen applicants must complete an Application and submit it to the Office of Admissions by the deadline.

14.  All incoming freshmen applicants must complete and submit an Official Release of Confidential Information form to their CURRENT school.  In the event that a student has attended multiple institutions in the last three years, Machebeuf will need complete records from each institution attended.  Machebeuf requires final transcripts and standardized test scores from 6th and 7th grades and a current 8th grade progress report for all freshman applicants. Complete records are due to the Office of Admissions by the deadline.

15.  All incoming freshmen applicants must request recommendations from the following faculty and staff members at their CURRENT school:

a.  Administrator/Counselor

b.  English Teacher

c.  Math Teacher

d.  Pastor (optional)

16.  All incoming freshmen applicants must take the High School Placement Test (HSPT).  Pre-registration for the December test will begin at Open House and will continue through the Wednesday prior to the testing date.  We encourage students to test at Machebeuf if Machebeuf is their top high school choice.  Students who take the High School Placement Test at Machebeuf and list Machebeuf as their number one high school choice may qualify for a merit-based scholarship.

17.  All incoming freshmen applicants must complete a personal interview with a member of the Machebeuf Admissions Committee. The student applicant and at least one parent/guardian must be present for this interview.Interviews will take place in January.


18.  Transfer applicants must have a minimum 2.5 GPA to be reviewed by the Admissions Committee.

19.  Transfer applicants must request an official transcript, current progress report, discipline and attendance records, standardized testing results (i.e. ITBS, TCAP), and individual educational programs/plans (i.e. IEP, etc.) from their CURRENT school to be sent to Machebeuf by the set deadline.

20.  Administrators and teachers must submit recommendation forms directly to the Machebeuf Office of Admissions by the deadline.

21.  Transfer applicants will be required to submit a letter of recommendation from an Administrator/ Counselor (references will be checked) by the set deadline.

22.  Transfer applicants with any failing grades on their transcript must recover grades reflected in an updated transcript prior to being considered for admission.

23.  During the admissions process transfer applicants are required to include information of any outside interventions the student is in, such as Diversion, JAG or any other court ordered service or counseling requiring mandatory attendance.  For any required counseling a base line hair follicle drug test and information from the outside counselor is required to be shared with the Machebeuf Dean of Students and the Director of Machebeuf-U.

23.  Transfer applicant must interview with the Dean of Students and Director of Machebeuf-U for compatibility with the mission of BMHS and the ability to schedule proper classes.

24.  Enrolled transfer students must keep a 2.0 GPA every semester at Machebeuf.  The Dean of Students will monitor this requirement.

25.  Enrolled transfer students will receive a schedule created with minor adjustments for credits already completed at previous school(s).

26.  Enrolled transfer students must submit official school records from their former school and immunization records within the first two weeks of their attendance at Machebeuf.


27.  International student applicants must submit an application, TOEFL exam results, COMPLETE academic records from the past two school years and a current progress report of grades for the current school year.  Machebeuf requires final transcripts and standardized test scores from the past two school years and a current progress report for all international applicants.  All records must be translated into English and submitted by the set deadline.

28.  Machebeuf will only consider international student applicants who are seeking completion of a high school degree from Bishop Machebeuf High School.

29.  The Admissions Committee will review if an international student will be required to enroll into the International Student Seminar.  This class is not an ESL class, but will provide additional academic advisement and support to international students, especially those studying in the United States for the first time.

30.  Enrolled international students must pay tuition IN FULL prior to the first day of school in August.

31.  Enrolled international students must submit official school records from their former school and immunization records within the first two weeks of their attendance at Machebeuf.

32.  The Archdiocese of Denver Office of Catholic Schools generates an I-20 through SEVIS (Student and Exchange Visitor Information System) on behalf of Bishop Machebeuf High School for all ADMITTED international students.  I-20s WILL NOT BE ISSUED until a student has been admitted to Machebeuf and the family has paid the International Student & Registration Fee.

33.  Families and/or exchange programs/international student placement coordinators MUST complete Machebeuf paperwork for the I-20 before Machebeuf will submit a request to the Archdiocese of Denver.  Once a student has received an offer of admission from Machebeuf, the Office of Admissions will send the necessary paperwork to be completed to the international student and his/her family.International students CANNOT begin school at Machebeuf until they have been approved for an F-1 Student Visa.  The student must furnish copies of his/her F-1 visa to the Office of Admissions.

The Office of Catholic Schools of the Archdiocese of Denver, under the jurisdiction of Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila and at the direction of the Superintendent of Catholic Schools, attest that all their Catholic schools admit students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin to all programs, rights, privileges, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the schools. Furthermore, Archdiocesan schools admit handicapped students in accord with Archdiocesan Policy No. 2000 concerning student admission. These schools do not discriminate on the basis of race, age, handicap, color, national or ethnic origin in the administration of their educational policies, employment practices, scholarship and loan programs, or athletic or other school administered programs.