All Brophy shadow dates have been filled at this time.
If you would like to be added to a Shadow Day waitlist in case
we have cancellations, please email

The Bronco-for-a-Day Shadow Program

The applicant accompanies his host through that day's schedule and becomes familiar with the campus and academic programs. It is also an opportunity to meet some of the students and faculty. Sign-ups for the Class of 2024 begin online Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019.

Shadow Days are typically Monday, Tuesday and Thursday beginning the week of Sept. 9 through early December. We have a handful of Shadow Days in January as well. We do not do Shadow Days on Wednesday or Friday because of a modified school schedule. 

2019-20 Shadow Program Dates 

  • September: 9/9, 9/10, 9/12, 9/16, 9/17, 9/19, 9/23, 9/24, 9/26, 9/30
  • October: 10/1, 10/3, 10/7, 10/8, 10/10 (dismissal at 1:05pm), 10/17, 10/21, 10/22, 10/24, 10/28, 10/29
  • November: 11/4, 11/5, 11/7, 11/12, 11/14, 11/18, 11/19, 11/21, 11/25
  • December: 12/2, 12/3, 12/5
  • January: 1/9, 1/14 (Mass Day), 1/23
All dates have been filled at this time. Please email the Admissions Office if you would like your name to be added to a waitlist.

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.
Click on a date to register for a Shadow Day. 

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Answering Your Questions

List of 8 frequently asked questions.

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

    Starting August 21, 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 Who will I spend the day with 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 Office of Admissions when you arrive on campus. We are located in the McCain Colonnade next to the Eller Building. 

    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 Office of Admissions. 
  • Q How long is a Shadow Day?

    7:45 a.m.–2 p.m.

    The school day begins at 8:05 a.m. Student guests should report to the Office of Admissions by the Eller Center for the Arts building at 7:45 a.m. At 2 p.m., your host will return you back to the Office of Admissions to complete a short evaluation. Please confirm with your son when you drop him off if you will meet him in our office or in the parking lot at the end of the day. 

    Parents, please park in the south parking lot. Contact the Office of Admissions 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 with a belt. 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 day 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 Bronco-for-a-Day Shadow Day, so we appreciate as much notice as possible.