Cardinal Mooney High School Admissions

Dear Students and Parents,

Welcome to the Cardinal Mooney High School Admissions page! We truly hope that you will consider Cardinal Mooney for your high school years. Cardinal Mooney is a Catholic college-prep high school offering a challenging curriculum in a faith and family centered environment. We are committed to developing the whole person. We hope to instill a love of learning and help students develop intellectually, socially, and spiritually.

As you explore our website we hope that you can gain a sense of what makes Cardinal Mooney such a special place. Please consider a private visit and tour so that you can personally experience the atmosphere and the energy present at one of the best high schools in southwest Florida.

If we can be of any assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me. We’d love to show you our school.


Director of Advancement and Admissions
Phone: 941-371-4917 Ext. 155

Cardinal Mooney Catholic High School provides a quality education centered in Gospel values.

Why Cardinal Mooney?

Cardinal Mooney High School, one of the top private schools in Sarasota, is a special place. We are committed to the development of the whole person, emphasizing the personal dignity and value of the student and of the teacher. With this as our motivation, we hope to carry out the mission entrusted by Jesus to His church: to bring all of creation to its fulfillment according to God’s design by proclaiming the message of truth, building a community of justice and peace, and reaching out in service to the entire human community.

Cardinal Mooney is a Catholic college-prep high school with a full honors and Advanced Placement program. In addition we offer four year programs in music, art and drama. We offer a rigorous college prep curriculum that helps to develop student knowledge, self-discipline, time management, and confidence to succeed in college and beyond.

Cardinal Mooney is an active learning community where students and parents are dynamically involved in all facets of school life. Whether in academics, athletics, service, clubs, music, art or drama, all students are encouraged to work and strive to achieve their potential. We attempt to challenge each student to mature in their faith, in their personal development and in their pursuit of knowledge and understanding, ultimately to bring their gifts and talents to others.

School Profile 2016-2017

Four year co-educational high school awarding regular diplomas Cardinal Mooney Catholic High School founded in 1959, is located in Sarasota,Florida and offers a competitive college preparatory curriculum, admitting students from area counties and internationally. Our current enrollment for the 2016-2017 academic year is 509 students. C.M.C.H.S. employs 54 administrators, faculty and staff with 46% holding master’s degree or higher. The Class of 2016 received $6.5 million in scholarships and had a 98% college placement rate.


Diocese Accreditation Catholic Diocese of Venice
Southern Association of Colleges & Schools
Enrollment 114 Seniors
140 Juniors
117 Sophomores
137 Freshmen
Faculty 36  Teachers
Student/Teacher Ratio 14/1


Sr. Mary Lucia Haas, SND President
Stefan Gates Interim Principal

Support Staff

Ann LaFemina Senior and College Counselor
Deborah Hobson Freshman Academic Counselor
Lori Lewis sophomore and Junior Academic Counselor
Joanne Mades Registrar
Rene Hebda Director of Advancement/Admissions
Tracy O’Neill Business Manager


The students we serve come from the following cities in the Sarasota and Manatee county areas: Bradenton, Nokomis, Sarasota, Englewood, Osprey, Venice, Longboat Key, Palmetto, Anna Maria, Parrish, & Port Charlotte.

Grading Ranges

Student transcripts reflect a cumulative weighted GPA which includes one additional point for AP and Dual Enrollment courses, and .5 for Honors courses. C.M.C.H.S. does not report student rank but instead provides grade distributions by class.

Letter Grade College Prep Quality Points Honors Quality Points AP & DE Quality Points Numerical Points
 A 4.0 4.5 5.0 90-100
 B 3.0 3.5 4.0 80-89
 C 2.0 2.5 3.0 70-79
 D 1.0 1.5 2.0 60-69
 F 0.0 0.0 0.0 below 60

Honors with Distinction……………………………..4.0 & above, no grade below A

First Honors……………………………………………4.0 & above, no grade below B

Second Honors………………………………………..3.5 – 3.9, no grade below C

All students are enrolled in college prep courses. The grade point average is calculated on a standard 4 point system. Grades earned in Honors and Advance Placement courses are calculated with an additional point value. Athletic eligibility is determined by F.H.S.A.A. regulations.

Honors Courses are available in the following areas:
English, Math, Social Studies, Science, & Spanish (Levels 1 – 3)

Advanced Placement is available in the following subjects:
English Literature, English Language and Composition, American History, American Government, Spanish, Biology, Chemistry, Statistics, Calculus and Music Theory.

Dual Enrollment – College Algebra and multiple elective offerings.

 Grade Distribution
 Class of 2016 (110 Students)
 1st Quartile 4.89-4.01
 2nd Quartile 3.96-3.63
 3rd Quartile 3.51-2.93
 4th Quartile 2.91-2.21
 Grade Distribution
 Class of 2017 (114 Students)
 1st Quartile  4.76-3.96
 2nd Quartile  3.94-3.60
 3rd Quartile  3.55-2.95
 4th Quartile  2.90-1.86

CMHS Graduation Requirements

English 4 credits
Mathematics 4 credits
Theology 3 credits
Social Studies 3 credits
Science 3 credits
Foreign Language 2 credits (consecutive)
Physical Education 1 credit
Art 1 credit
Electives 2 credits
Community Service  100 hours

Class of 2016 College Test Scores (Mean)

SAT Critical Reading   520 481 494
SAT Math 527 475 508
SAT Writing 504 462 48
 ACT Composite  23.2  20 21

National Merit

2016-2017 2 National Merit Commended Students
2015-2016 1 National Merit Scholar
2013-2014 1 National Merit Commended Student
2012-2013 2 National Merit Commended Students
2011-2012 2 National Merit Commended Students

AP Scores for 2016

Received college credits 70%
AP Scholar Awards 12
 AP Scholars with Honor 6
 AP Scholars with Distinction 5

Enrollment Process

8th Grade Students:

The first formal step to applying to Cardinal Mooney High School is registering and taking the high school placement test. This is a national high school exam written by Scholastic Testing Services. The exam covers five areas: verbal, language, reading, math skills and quantitative math (math aptitude). Detailed tests results will be mailed to each family 3-4 weeks after the exam. This test will also be used to determine academic scholarships at Cardinal Mooney.

Please click here to register for the placement exam

8th Grade application process:
Placement Test: The placement test will be offered on the following dates:

  • Saturday, December 2, 2017 and Saturday, January 20, 2018
    Please click here to register for placement test. For those unable to attend on these dates, please call 941-379-2647 to make other arrangements for testing.
  • January: Acceptance letters – Acceptance letters for those students testing on December 2 will be sent during the month of January after the test scores arrive.
  • Open House at Cardinal Mooney – Sunday, November 12, 2017
  • Class registration – March 2018
    Parents and students will meet individually to schedule courses and complete the school registration. Exact times and dates will be mailed with the test results.


Cardinal Mooney High School will award scholarships to the following:
Top 3 scores for first placement test (December 2, 2017) will be awarded a recurring scholarship of $1500 applied to for the student’s tuition for the 4 years at CMHS.

Score in the top 90% – receive a one-time $1000 scholarship applied to the freshman tuition
Score in the 80-90% – receive a one-time $500 scholarship applied to the freshman tuition

Transfer Students:

Cardinal Mooney High School accepts students into grades 10 and 11 if space is available. Only incoming 12th graders new to the area will be considered for acceptance. As a general policy, transfer students will only be accepted at the beginning of the semester (August or January).

Transfer student application process
Provide Cardinal Mooney with a high school transcript. Please contact the guidance office of your current high school to acquire a copy of the transcript.

  • Contact Rene Hebda at 379-2647 Ext. 155 to schedule a private meeting. The student and parent must attend this meeting. Meetings for fall enrollment are scheduled beginning in March. Meetings for January enrollment are scheduled beginning in December.
  • Provide other necessary documentation: Click here for a list of all transfer documents needed for enrollment.

PLEASE NOTE: Transfer students must release the discipline records from their previous school to ensure that the student is in good standing upon entering Cardinal Mooney High School.

For all admissions questions contact Rene Hebda at 941-379-2647 Ext. 155.