Seventh-grade students throughout the area will be able to explore archdiocesan Catholic high schools as part of an annual “Universal Visitation Day” on March 11.

Now in its fourth year, the event offers prospective high school students the opportunity to tour campuses, meet administrators, teachers, current students, and take part in hands-on activities that highlight each school’s unique academic offerings and school spirit.

In addition to students from 123 parish, regional and Independence Mission Schools (IMS), this visitation is also open to current public, charter, cyber and private school seventh-grade students.


Details for several participating schools are below. For more information, click on the school website links or visit the archdiocesan Office for Catholic Education or Faith in the Future Foundation.

Bucks County

Conwell-Egan Catholic High School
611 Wistar Road, Fairless Hills, PA 19030
8:05 a.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Students will explore the unique EAST program, an educational model focusing on student-driven service projects accomplished by using teamwork and cutting edge technology. In addition, students will attend an art and music expo, pass through the Center for Student Leadership and spend time in traditional classrooms with teachers. Students will also get a preview of the drama program’s upcoming “Seussical: The Musical” and play “Family Feud.” The day will conclude with a “Blue vs. White” pep rally hosted by CEC student ambassadors and faculty.

Chester County

Bishop Shanahan High School
220 Woodbine Road, Downingtown, PA 19335
9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Following a welcome presentation, students will tour the school in small groups led by Shanahan Student Council and faculty members. Tours include classroom visits, fine arts department and other areas of campus where they will have the opportunity to observe and participate in activities. Visitors will also have the opportunity to speak with representatives from more than 40 school clubs as well as coaches and team captains from more than 25 athletic teams.

Delaware County

Archbishop John Carroll High School
211 Matsonford Road, Radnor, PA 19087
8 a.m. – 2:15 p.m.

The student council, national honor society and student ambassadors have planned a scavenger hunt and a pep rally for visitors. In addition, the school’s academic chairs have created lesson plans specifically for the students visiting in all core subjects.

Montgomery County

Lansdale Catholic High School
700 Lansdale Avenue, Lansdale, PA 19446
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Students and teachers will greet visitors as the school band plays and the school mascot welcomes everyone. Visiting students will follow a roster of classes and enjoy a fair highlighting sports, activities and a performance by the drama department. The day will concludes with students speaking to the visitors, as well as a pep rally featuring performances by the school’s choir, cheerleaders and dance team.

Philadelphia County

Roman Catholic High School for Boys
301 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107
8 a.m.-2 p.m.

The school will offer some 300 expected visitors a variety of activities concluding with lunch in the cafeteria and the “Battle of the Purple and Gold” pep rally immediately following in the school gymnasium. The pep rally will give potential students a glimpse at the school spirit at Roman Catholic as well as the opportunity to battle one another in fun and friendly challenges with the assistance of current student representatives, faculty and staff.

Archbishop Ryan High School
11201 Academy Road, Philadelphia, PA 19154
8:15 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Some 250 visiting students will begin the day with prayer, breakfast and a short welcome assembly before visiting five class periods, including a math-themed escape room and a demonstration of the school’s virtual reality lab. Students can also visit an “Involvement Fair” at which they can explore over 75 ways to get involved at Ryan through clubs, activities, and athletics. The fair will provide an opportunity to speak to student leaders, club moderators and coaches. Students will also compete in an afternoon of games as a preview to the school’s “Color Games,” a week-long sports and academic competition. Students will be treated to a few numbers from the spring musical, “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers,” before having a Q&A student panel and dismissal.


In addition to the highlights of the six schools’ programming listed above, the 12 other schools participating in the Seventh Grade Universal Visitation Day on March 11 are: Archbishop Wood High School, Warminster (Bucks County); Bishop McDevitt High School, Wyncote (Montgomery County); Cardinal O’Hara High School, Springfield (Delaware County); Father Judge High School for Boys; St. Hubert High Catholic High School for Girls; SS. John Neumann and Maria Goretti Catholic High School; John W. Hallahan Catholic Girls High School; Little Flower Catholic High School for Girls; Monsignor Bonner and Archbishop Prendergast Catholic High School, Drexel Hill (Delaware County); Pope John Paul II High School, Royersford (Montgomery County); West Catholic Preparatory High School, and Mercy Career & Technical High School.