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Course Placement

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

Crean Lutheran High School desires to ensure students are properly placed in coursework that allows for academic success and fulfillment. This process is predicated on prayerful conversations between school and family that review and set a course between a student's academic history and his/her academic future.

For incoming transfer students, these conversations are primarily centered around the blending of a student's high school transcript into an individually-tailored graduation plan for post-secondary school goals. For incoming freshman, the process involves a review of a student's performance on the High School Placement Test (HSPT), which is offered on three Saturday mornings in January and February. CLHS offers complementary evening workshops to help students understand how the HSPT is constructed. Interested families may contact the Admissions Office for more information on workshop dates and resources.

Incoming students who are unable to take, or miss, one of the HSPT dates, will have their transcripts, available standardized test scores, and recommendations reviewed by the Counseling Office for initial placement recommendations. All students have the opportunity to take "Challenge Tests" in various disciplines to challenge into coursework beyond what is initially recommended, regardless of whether or not they take the HSPT.

Challenge Testing


Challenge testing is available Monday through Thursday on school days between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Tests take approximately 40 minutes to complete.
If you have any questions, please contact your child's counselor:
Freshman Counselor: Kellie Galentine at
Learning Success Program Counselor: Mary Oliver at
Grades 10-12 Last name A-L: Brittany Bouska at
Grades 10-12 Last name M-Z: Lauren Yakinian at

Course Placement Resources


Prospective freshmen families may click here to review an outline of the timing and process related to course placement, including information on the HSPT.


Click here to learn about frequently asked questions regarding the HSPT, challenge testing, and scheduling.