Our Bronco-for-a-Day shadow program
for rising eighth-graders begins in September. 

The Bronco-for-a-Day Shadow Program

Our Bronco-for-a-Day shadow program provides an opportunity for an applicant to accompany his freshman host through a typical day's schedule and allows him to become familiar with the campus and academic programs, and to meet students. Sign-ups for prospective members of the Class of 2026 begin online Wednesday, Aug. 18. 

Shadow days are Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 8 a.m-2 p.m., beginning the first week of September and continuing through early December. We have a handful of shadow days in January as well. We do not have shadow days on Wednesday or Friday because of a modified school schedule.  

Guests of the Bronco-for-a-Day shadow program must be in eighth grade or above (transfer student applicants will be able to shadow the second semester). Shadowing is not a mandatory part of the application process, but it is a great opportunity to learn more about the Brophy community and helps when it comes time to make a decision about attending Brophy.

2021-22 Shadow Program Dates
September: 9/7, 9/9, 9/13, 9/14, 9/16, 9/20, 9/21, 9/23, 9/27, 9/28, 9/30
October: 10/4, 10/5, 10/7, 10/14, 10/18, 10/19, 10/21, 10/25, 10/26, 10/28
November: 11/1 (Mass day), 11/2, 11/4, 11/8, 11/9, 11/10, 11/15, 11/16, 11/18, 11/22, 11/29, 11/30
December: 12/2
January: 1/11, 1/20, 1/24


Answering Your Questions

List of 8 frequently asked questions.

  • Q How do I schedule a Bronco-for-a-Day shadow day visit?

    Starting Wednesday, Aug. 18, you can sign up online by clicking on a calendar with available dates. You are required to fill out a short form providing information about your son — where he goes to school, his interests and contact information. You will automatically receive an email confirmation.

    Please check with your school for any conflicts with testing, field trips, sporting events or other scheduled events before signing up for a specific shadow day.
  • Q With whom will I spend the day when I shadow at Brophy?

    We assign freshman shadow day hosts from our Diplomatic Corps based on interests (e.g. sports, music, activities, etc.) or middle school; or you can request a Brophy freshman you know. (All hosts are freshmen.)
  • Q Where do I go when I arrive for my shadow day?

    Please check in with the Admissions Office (located in the McCain Colonnade next to Eller) when you arrive on campus. 

    Parents are not required to sign their son in or out. Your son can come to campus with another Brophy student or with a carpool if you like, but he must check in with the Admissions Office.
  • Q How long is a shadow day?

    Please arrive at 7:45 a.m.; your day will end at 2 p.m. 

    The school day begins at 8 a.m. and your host will walk you back to the Admissions Office to complete a short evaluation at the end of his day. Please confirm with your son when you drop him off if you will meet him in our office or in the parking lot when you pick him up. 

    Parents, please park in the south parking lot. Contact the Admissions Office if you would like a campus map.
  • Q What is Brophy's dress code for a shadow day?

    Wear a collared shirt (polo, button-down, etc.), and slacks or shorts. Any color or pattern is permissible. No denim jeans or gym shorts are allowed. No earphones or hats are allowed. 

    Approximately once a month, there is a Mass and Mass dress is required. If shadowing on a Mass day, a student must wear a long-sleeved dress shirt, tie, dress pants, dress shoes and a belt.
  • Q What do I bring with me on shadow day?

    A sack lunch or lunch money. Food service is provided in Harper Great Hall where students may purchase pizza, sandwiches, snacks and drinks. Lunch costs vary, but approximately $6-$7 for lunch and break is sufficient. Visiting students must use cash to pay for lunch — debit cards are not accepted. 

    Also, please bring a book to read in case a teacher gives a test during class.
  • Q What is Brophy's policy regarding cell phones?

    Cell phones are allowed; however, our guests should turn off their phones and place them in their backpacks until they have completed their shadow day. This will allow our guests to be fully aware of and engaged in their experience.
  • Q What if I need to cancel my visit?

    Please call the Admissions Office at 602-264-5291, ext. 6233, as soon as possible and we will help you reschedule. We often have students on a waiting list for a shadow day, so we appreciate as much notice as possible.