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St. Pius X School is a distinguished institution in New Mexico renowned for its academic excellence, athletic achievements, artistic creativity, and nurturing, positive school environment. Serving students in grades 6-12, we offer a world-class education tailored to diverse learning styles, accessible to families seeking affordable college preparatory education for their children. As a Catholic school, we embrace a holistic approach, nurturing the whole child, and view parents as vital partners in fostering the development of each student's unique talents and abilities.

Get started on the right track from the beginning by using the information in this section to understand what you need to begin your journey at St. Pius X.


Steps for Admission

  1. Apply
  2. Submit transcripts and test scores; request these from the previous school registrar.
  3. Provide a letter of recommendation from a current teacher.
  4. Schedule your Placement Test.

Middle School (Grades 6th, 7th, & 8th)

St. Pius X will welcome its first 6th and 7th grade classes for the 2024/2025 school year. Students must meet specific requirements ("Steps") to enroll at St. Pius X. Space is limited.


High School (Grade 9)

Prospective students must satisfactorily complete 8th grade or its equivalent. St. Pius X is highly competitive, admitting students based on previous academic performance, including grades and standardized test scores.


Transfer Students

New sophomores, juniors, and seniors transferring mid-year will be considered on a limited basis. Transfer students are not required to take a placement exam. For seniors, only transfers from other Catholic high schools will be considered.


While St. Pius X strives to accommodate transfer students, space may be limited. Final decisions are made as early as possible, but could extend until August. For an application, please contact Mrs. Barbara Ducaj at 831-8400.

  • The deadline to submit an application for the 2024-2025 school year is March 8th at 3 p.m.
  • The final opportunity to take the entrance exam for grades 6 and 7 is March 13th at 8:15 a.m.
  • The final opportunity for grades 8 and 9 is March 14th at 8:15 a.m.
After you Apply! The placement tests are open to prospective students. They are used to determine placement, they are not an admissions test. All applicants must take a placement test. These tests are used to determine placement, it is not an admissions test. Transcripts, current standardized test scores and teacher/principal/counselor recommendations are used to determine acceptance.
  • High school placement test (HSPT) requires about 4 hours to complete, and tests verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, reading comprehension, math skills, language arts skills, and science. Students should bring two no. 2 pencils, a bottle of water, and a snack. Calculators are not allowed.
  • 8th grade placement test will be the Pre-HSPT exam. This exam is the 7th grade version of the HSPT exam, which is what we use for placement into grade 9.
  • 6th & 7th grade exam will be College Equipped Readiness Tool (CERT). It is based on the ACT, and it takes approximately 2.5 hours to complete.

Congratulations on your acceptance into St. Pius X High School. SPX is a truly special place where an academic-focused environment fosters student excellence while nurturing the spiritual and physical well-being of each individual.


As the school year begins, we encourage students to participate in sports, fine arts, and other extracurricular activities on campus to fully develop as individuals and experience a strong sense of community.

Student ID's & Photos

All St. Pius X students are required to have a student ID. Upon acceptance, students will need to wear either a St. Pius X polo or a plain black polo for their ID photos. Photo sessions are scheduled as follows:

  • July 17th, 2024 (9am to 11am)
  • August 5th, 2024 (9am to 11am)
Student Uniforms 
Uniforms are available at the Sartan Shop located in the lobby of the school gym. Information about shop hours is available here.
Transportation & Bus Routes
St. Pius X offers transportation services to and from the school. For details about bus routes and transportation information, please visit this page click here. 

Be You, At St. Pius X

Sela Boswell, a graduate of the class of 2022 at St. Pius X, shares her journey and how the school opened numerous opportunities for her.