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Prospective 9th Grader
Shadow days are required as part of the acceptance process, and is the BEST way to see what it is like to be a student at Orchard Lake St. Mary’s Preparatory. Prospective 9th grade students are paired up with current 9th graders and have the opportunity to spend an entire day in the shoes of a man of St. Mary’s. If the applicant knows a current 9th grader, he is welcome to shadow with him. If a current student is not known, we will pair the applicant with a host who shares similar interests.
8th graders may shadow on any available shadow day between September and May; 7th graders are welcome to shadow in February-May.
The shadow day schedule is as follows:
|8:15 am||Arrival at the Admissions Center/pickup by the host|
|8:30am-11:30||Mass (if a Wednesday or Friday) then periods 1-4|
|1:00pm||Return to Admissions Center; interview with the Dean of Admissions; pickup|
Shadow Days MUST be scheduled in advance at least 3 days prior to the desired day.
Shadow Day Dress Code
- Dress pants (khaki, black, blue, grey, or brown
- White oxford style dress shirt
- Business style tie
- Bress shoes, dress socks, belt
If you are shadowing in the colder months please bring a coat. We are a campus, and our students move from building to building, outdoors for classes.
Don’t worry about bringing a lunch as it is on the house! We will supply you and your shadow host a lunch ticket upon arrival.
Directions to the Admissions Center
The Orchard Lake St. Mary’s Preparatory Admissions Center is located right off of Commerce Road. We have a separate entrance than the main school entrance. If you are heading east on Commerce Road, the Admissions Center will be on your right before the main campus entrance. If you are heading West on Commerce Road, the Admissions Center will be on the left just after the main campus entrance. You will see the Admissions Center sign on the front of th e building. Please park to the right when you pull in and our Dean of Admissions and shadow host will eagerly be awaiting your arrival.