New Family Resources

Welcome to St. Pius X!

Thank you for choosing St. Pius X Catholic High School! Our students and their families are our community's greatest blessing. We are excited to walk alongside your child as he or she continues to grow in mind, body, and spirit.

This page contains the information and forms you need to register your new Golden Lion as well as resources that will be helpful as you prepare for the first day of school. It likely looks overwhelming, but we want this to be your one stop shop for new family information! This "Who To Contact With a Question" list will help you direct further inquiries to the correct person or you can email Molly Wack (mwack@spx.org) with questions about the enrollment process. For now, just start here! 

Initial Enrollment Steps

1. Make your Deposit via FACTS  >>>

2. Receive Your SPX Email and Login Credentials

More info below

3. Attend Enrollment Kick-Off Meeting
Tuesday, April 19 at 6:30p
Ice Cream Social with Lion Leaders for Students

4. Complete Online Enrollment Forms 

April 19-26 - more info below


Important Dates

The most basic, mandatory dates to know are listed below. Make sure to be checking your SPX parent email so you do not miss anything pertinent to your student like mandatory placement testing or auditions!

April 14
New student deposits due
April 19
SPX credentials distributed to those with paid deposit
April 19
Required for one parent: Enrollment Kick-Off Meeting 6:30p
Simultaneous Ice Cream Social with Lion Leaders for New Students
April 22 Theology exam for all freshmen due
April 26 All Enrollment Forms due in PowerSchool
April 29
Course placements visible in PowerSchool
May 3-4 Course registration (online)
May 3
New Parent Party from 7p-9p
Study Support Meeting for Parents 6p (families notified with acceptance letters)

Information for April

Receiving Your Login Credentials

Once your non-refundable deposit is processed, each family new to St. Pius X will receive an email with their SPX parent/family email and PowerSchool login credentials* starting on April 19.  These will be sent to the same email address as used for your Ravenna user account. ALL future communication will be sent to this assigned SPX parent email address. We are a G-Suite (Google) school, so you will log in using your complete (@spxstudent.org) SPX email address at www.gmail.com!

This SPX Parent Email address is the ONLY email address that will be kept on file at St. Pius. We encourage parents to forward these emails to a personal account to ensure nothing gets missed. Here are instructions to do just that: Forwarding Your SPX Email to a Personal Account. 

*Current families will not receive new parent credentials but will be sent student credentials for their incoming student.

Enrollment Forms - Open April 19-26

You will use your SPX parent credentials to log in to the PowerSchool parent portal to complete the online Enrollment Forms. There is a series of nine forms, and all must be completed by Monday, April 26, in order for your student to be considered enrolled and eligible for course registration. Forms labeled as Pending count as having been submitted. Instructional videos have been sent to your SPX email account.

Instruction Sheet: Ecollect Online Enrollment

Course Placement Information

Department Chairs review each student's application file to aid in the course placement process. Teacher evaluations, prior grades and coursework, as well as standardized test scores are considered in order to assign a course level.

Incoming students may be required to complete placement tests in certain core subjects and have the option to complete testing in others.  Below is a summary of what is required for each department. Students who are required by a department to take a placement test will be notified shortly after enrollment via their SPX email. No level changes will be made without placement testing. 

Theology
Required for all incoming freshman. A link to the online assessment (one hour time limit) will be emailed to students Friday, April 22. The deadline to submit this assessment (less than an hour to complete) will be Sunday, April 24. 

English
No testing.

Math

May be REQUIRED for: Students enrolling from a public school or other program with which we are not familiar OR students who scored poorly on the quantitative section of the SSAT​; testing must happen before placement can occur.

Is an OPTION for: Students who feel they should have been placed in a higher level in math; it is an opportunity to “test in”; testing will happen after placements are published April 27.

Science

May be REQUIRED for: Students enrolling from a public school or other program with which we are not familiar; testing must happen before placement can occur. 

Is an OPTION for: Students who feel they should have been placed in a higher level in math; it is an opportunity to “test in”;  testing will happen after placements are published April 27.

World Languages
Is REQUIRED for: All transfer students (grades 10,11,12) who plan to take a language AND native speakers who plan to take their native language.

Is an OPTION for:

  • Students who took a core language at one of the following schools and wish to take level II of that same language in grade 9 here at St. Pius: Arbor Montessori, Atlanta Classical Academy, Cliff Valley, Heritage Prep, Holy Redeemer, Holy Spirit, Notre Dame Academy, SMES, The Friends School, Public School, Homeschool
  • Students interested in continuing the core language they have been studying in middle school and who want priority in the class placement process; taking the placement exam demonstrates your commitment to that language.

Students who do not take a placement test will be assigned to their first or second choice of language as space allows.

Social Studies

No testing. (Typically, freshman do not take a Social Studies course their freshman year. Do not be alarmed! Watch this video from Kristin Kramer, our Social Studies Department Chair, to learn why!)

Fine Arts Information and Auditions

General Information 

Auditions and More Department Information

Click here to visit the New Students & Auditions page within our Fine Arts department site. 

Application for Computer Apps - Online Summer Course

For students interested in applying for the online summer Computer Apps course, applications will be emailed to the SPX student emails on April 20. They are due April 26. Learn more about this required course and the advantages of taking it over the summer by watching this video!

Lion Leaders

The Lion Leader program is designed to facilitate each new student's transition into the St. Pius X community. As a Pius “Cub” students will be placed in Homerooms with junior and senior leaders who will introduce them to our campus and answer questions they may have as they begin their journey toward academic, social and personal success as a Golden Lion. Transfer students will also be placed in Homerooms to meet Lion Leaders. Here is a line up of available events to get your Golden Lion involved from the start! 

  • Tuesday, April 19 at 6:30p- Ice Cream Social (students will be with Lion Leaders as a parent attends the Enrollment Kick-Off Meeting)
  • Friday, June 17 or Friday, July 15 from 12:00-1:30p- Lion Lunch- Students can pick a date over the summer to take a tour of campus and try out their locker combination! This is a BYOL event, but the Lion Leaders will have treats to share with their cubs.  
  • Thursday, August 4 from 8a-12p- New Student Orientation (mandatory)
  • Saturday, August 13 from 5p-7:30p- Camp Golden Lion- More to come, just know you will not want to miss! 
Upper Grade Transfers

Some considerations for students entering the 10th, 11th, or 12th grade: 

Transcripts

Please make sure to request that your student's current school share official transcripts with St. Pius X at the conclusion of this school year. We will send a reminder of this requirement over the summer as well. 
 

Athletics

Please direct any questions regarding eligibility to play at the varsity level towards our Athletic Director, Todd Mooney (tmooney@spx.org). The Georgia High School Association regulates eligibility of transfer students seeking to play varsity sports. 

New Parent Night

Thanks to all who were able to attend!

Summer Reading / Summer Enrichment Classes / Summer Sports Camps

Information for Summer & Beyond

Physicals / Immunizations / As Needed Health Forms

For ALL Students: 


AS NEEDED: 

The forms below require signature and must be updated each school year your child is at St. Pius X. The forms and medications are due in the Clinic by August 15, 2022. Any questions? Contact Nurse Owens (dowens@spx.org).  

School Calendar

Click here to view the 2022-2023 One Page Calendar.

School Supplies / Textbooks / Uniforms

School Supplies & Textbooks

There is no supply list for St. Pius. Teachers will inform students of course-specific supplies during the first days of school. All required materials (ebooks and print) are purchased by the families through EdTech.

Uniforms

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)

Every student must bring a device, which meets the specifications below, to his/her classes each day. All minimum requirements must be met in order for the device to be approved. 

Acceptable Laptop Specifications

  • Processor - Intel i3 or equivalent
  • Memory - 8GB
  • Windows laptops must run Windows 11 
  • Windows 2-in-1 combo laptop/tablet (with keyboard) is also acceptable 
  • Windows RT and Windows 10 S NOT acceptable.
  • Mac (running OS X 10.12 or higher) with Google Chrome browser installed
  • Chromebook (running latest Chrome OS)Screen size of 10 inches or greater

Information Sheet: BYOD Program

Informational Video: Tech for Incoming Families

Drop-Off and Pick-Up

St. Pius X does not have a carpool pick up system like you might have experienced at your grade school. Parents and students are on their own to meet up for pick up in the afternoon once school has dismissed.

Information Sheet: Drop-Off and Pick-Up

Student Service Requirements

Students are required to complete at least three Works of Mercy  Projects and two Choice Projects (“occasions of service”) in the academic school year.  We do not count hours; however, each occasion of service must be at least one hour long. Incoming students may count occasions of service completed between May 5 and August 1, 2022. Deadlines for submitting Works of Mercy are in the spring. More information and the Works of Mercy submission process can be found on the Campus Ministry website.

Volunteer Certification

All employees and volunteers working with children and/or vulnerable individuals must attend a VIRTUS Protecting God’s Children training before they begin paid or volunteer work for any entity of the Archdiocese of Atlanta. This training is a three hour live training session offered at locations around Atlanta. Please understand that no one will be eligible to volunteer or work in any capacity at St. Pius X Catholic High School until the following is completed:

  1. Complete Volunteer paperwork which includes a Volunteer Application and a consent form to run a background check or complete the required Volunteer paperwork online.
  2. A clear and complete background check
  3. A completed “Virtus, Protecting God’s Children” Training Session

Paperwork, registration information, and instructions will be available to new families beginning in June. 

Ways to Stay Informed

1. This webpage — from now through summer this page will be updated with information you need to know and answers to frequently asked questions as we approach the first day of school. Please check back often.

2. Your SPX email — this is the official means of communication from the school and teachers. You will be added to the appropriate parent and school-wide distribution lists.

3. eSpiritus — a weekly newsletter emailed each Monday with the events and information you need to know for the coming week.

4. PowerSchool Parent Portal — this is the site for student schedules, grades/report cards, attendance, discipline, course registration, and enrollment. You can also configure your account to email progress reports to you on a regular schedule.

5. PS Learning — once school starts you will have access to your student's individual class websites as well as the online school directory and other campus organizations such as the Library, Campus Ministry, the Deans' pages, and more. 

6. SPX Social Media

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/spxatl/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/stpiusxatlanta

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/StPiusXAtlanta

7. The St. Pius X website — has important reminders, upcoming events, quick links to system logins and parent organizations, and the school calendar.

8. The Golden Lines — the online student news site of St. Pius X Catholic High School

Freshmen Parent Party: August 27

Welcome to St. Pius X, freshmen parents! We invite you to join us for the Freshmen Parent Party on Saturday, August 27 from 8:00-10:00 p.m. in Maloof Plaza. Enjoy desserts, drinks, dancing, and fun with other new Pius parents. 

New upperclassmen parents are also invited and encouraged to attend.

RSVP here