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Updates from the Principal Advisory Council

From the Principal

Admissions

This weekend Bellarmine will host the high school placement test (HSPT), this is the first indicator for our enrollment for the class of 2024.  In January of 2020 we will host our third and final HSPT and the deadline for admissions applications is January 15, 2020.  Acceptance letters will be mailed in February and registration for the class of 2024 will occur in early March. 

The admissions season is an important time for Bellarmine as it provides critical information necessary for future planning.  We have adjusted the timeline for admissions and student registration allowing more time for staffing decisions, develop the master schedule and prepare faculty contracts that are signed in mid-May.  As we learn more about our projected enrollment and how it influences staffing decisions, we will share information with you.

Current Enrollment

We currently have 845 students enrolled at Bellarmine.  Here is the breakdown by grade level, gender and ethnicity:

  • Class of 2023 – 218
  • Class of 2022 – 259
  • Class of 2021 – 185
  • Class of 2020 – 183

Gender breakdown

  • Males – 437
  • Females – 408

Ethnicity

  • Asian – 117
  • Black or African American – 41
  • Hispanic or Latino – 76
  • American Indian or Alaska Native – 4
  • Two or more races – 75
  • Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander – 17
  • White – 515

Retention

Our strategic goal 2:2 states we will strive to improve our 4-year student retention to 90% by 2021.  We have for the past 10 years been at approximately 81%.  There are many factors that contribute a family’s decision to leave Bellarmine.  The top three reasons include: academic progress, financial concerns, and social/emotional adjustment issues.  We have looked, and will continue to examine, ways for us to better serve the family’s we admit to Bellarmine.  In the past 4 years we have intentionally focused on the academic program and how we can better meet the needs of our students.  The recent adoption of the CEL 5 D instructional framework as well as faculty professional development has supported our goal to provide the necessary skills and support system for excellent classroom practice.  Additionally, the Learning Resource Center has provided essential support for our students by furthering their development of study skills, organizational practice and learning strategies. The result of these changes; we have observed fewer students on academic probation, accelerated learning, and fewer students leaving for academic reasons.

I am pleased to share with you our retention rates for our current grade levels are:

  • Class of 2020 – 90%
  • Class of 2021 – 95%
  • Class of 2022 – 99%
  • Class of 2023 – 100%

The improved retention is the result of intentional focus on student learning.  Thank you.

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