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Enrollment Programs

COHS hosts the 8th Grade Scholarship & Entrance Exam each November, which is required for entry into WNY Catholic schools. 

The Fee is waived for any student who takes the HSPT Prep course at Cardinal O’Hara High School.

Download a list of tips to help prepare for the Scholarship & Entrance Exam.

Entrance Exam Preparation Course

Each fall, COHS offers a Prep Course, which will prepare your son or daughter prior to the Scholarship & Entrance Exam. The course focuses on math problem solving and reasoning skills, verbal and comprehension skills, and test-taking strategies among other things.  Students will receive a 600+ page review book with practice exams, exam materials, and much more.

The Prep Course and Scholarship & Entrance Exam are open to all 8th grade students planning to attend a Catholic High School.

Fall 2021 Prep Course:

Dates: Tuesday, October 19, october 26, November 2, and November 9
Time: 5:30pm-7:30pm
Cost: $100

Includes a practice book and the Entrance Exam fee at COHS.

Register here

For more information, contact Thomas Wilkie, Director of Admissions at (716) 695-2600, ext. 357.

Prospective students are encouraged to participate in the ‘Hawk for a Day’ program to experience a typical day at COHS. 

Prospective students are paired with a current COHS student who shares similar interests, and will attend all the host student’s classes, experiencing first-hand the COHS environment, teachers and students. The program is available to all 8th grade students and transfer students.

Preparing for the day:

  • Students should arrive at COHS and check in at the Enrollment Office at 7:30am
  • The school day will end at 1:45 pm for visiting students
  • Lunch will be provided at no cost to visiting students*
  • Students are expected to adhere to the COHS dress code as closely as possible.
  • And be sure to let the Admissions office know of any interests and current course load (eg. honors classes), so we can find a host that best matches your interests

*Please notify the Admissions Office of any dietary restrictions at least 48 hours prior to scheduled Shadow Day.

For more information and to schedule a day, contact Thomas Wilkie, Director of Admissions, at 716-695-2600, ext. 357 or email

COHS will offer a practice entrance and scholarship exam on Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 8:30 am.

All current 7th grade students considering Cardinal O’Hara for next year are encouraged to take the exam.  Students get experience with the exam format and timing.  

Click here to register.

For more information about the practice exam, contact Mr. Thomas Wilkie, Director of Recruitment, at 716-695-2600, ext. 357.

One visit to Cardinal O’Hara High School and you will understand why You Belong Here! 

Our Fall Open House give you and your family the opportunity, first hand, to experience the welcoming, family atmosphere at COHS.  You will hear from our faculty, staff and students about our educational opportunities as well as athletics, clubs and extracurriculars while touring our 17 acre campus. 

Open House visits are by appointment only. Click here to register for your spot. 

For more information about the practice exam, contact Mr. Thomas Wilkie, Director of Recruitment, at 716-695-2600, ext. 357.