Admissions

Admissions

St. Mary's School admits students regardless of sex, race, color, national or ethnic origin to all rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded to the students in the school.

Admission Priorities

St. Mary’s Church operates the parish school and subsidizes its funding. Thus, families who follow our application procedures and timeline will be admitted on the following priority basis:

  • First priority for admission is given to children with siblings already attending St. Mary's who are in good standing with the school.

  • Second priority will be given to children of registered and participating members (defined below) of St. Mary's Catholic Church.

  • Third priority will be given to children of registered and participating members of other Catholic parishes.

  • Fourth priority will be given to children of families who are non-registered or non-practicing Catholics.

  • Fifth priority will be given to children of families from other religious denominations or faith backgrounds.

**Decisions regarding parish membership are left to the discretion of the Pastor.

Terms of Admission

Prior to enrollment, prospective students and their parent(s)/guardian(s) will meet with the principal to discuss each student’s individual needs and grade placement. Acceptance of a student to St. Mary’s School will be determined by the principal. A student is not considered enrolled until the Letter of Intent and registration fee are received.

Parents agree to cooperate with and follow all policies and procedures of St. Mary’s School as a condition for their child’s enrollment and continued attendance.

Required at Time of Application

  • Birth Certificate

  • Baptismal Certificate (if Catholic)

  • Previous school transcript(s) and copy of standardized test scores (if transferring from another school)

  • Letter of confirmation of registration/participation from home parish (if Catholic)

  • $150 non-refundable application fee

  • Proof of medical exam and record of immunizations must be submitted by all new students before school begins. Additional medical/dental/vision exam requirements apply for certain grade levels.

As part of the admission process, families agree to maintain a commitment to the mission, goals, and religious values of St. Mary's School through support of the policies outlined in the parent-student handbook.  

Every Catholic is expected to join their parish community at Mass each Sunday and Holy Day to give thanks and praise to God. St. Mary's School offers a tuition discount to members of St. Mary's Catholic Church who are active participants.  Because the parish makes this tuition discount available by contributing a significant sum to the operational expenses of the school, to be eligible for the discounted “parish member” rate, families must observe the following requirements:

  • Be a registered parishioner at St. Mary's Catholic Church.

  • Participate in the celebration of Mass each Sunday and Holy Day.

  • Annually renew their sacrificial giving pledge to the parish by submitting a stewardship card.

  • Maintain their sacrificial giving pledge, with a minimum of 25 Sunday envelopes placed in the collection basket at Mass throughout the year.

  • Participation in at least one additional parish activity or ministry (e.g. lector, bible study, food pantry volunteer, Knights of Columbus, fish fry helper, perpetual adoration, etc.).

Parishioner status will be monitored each December and June.  Families who fail to maintain active parish membership at St. Mary's Catholic Church will be charged the standard (non-parishioner) tuition rate beginning the next semester.

Legal Age for Admission

St. Mary’s follows the guidelines of the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) for admission to school. Admission age requirements as set by the ISBE are as follows. A child must be:

3 years old by September 1st to enter 3 Yr. Pre-kindergarten
4 years old by September 1st to enter 4 Yr. Pre-kindergarten
5 years old by September 1st to enter Kindergarten

Probationary Period for New Students

New students who enter are required to begin with a probationary period. New students will be evaluated by the principal at 3 weeks, 6 weeks and 9 weeks. This probationary period provides time for the student to adjust to a new school setting and to demonstrate academic success and/or responsible behavior consistent with St. Mary’s standards. In the event that a student does not show adequate progress during this probationary time, the student may be required to withdraw from the school.

Admission of Students with Special Educational Needs

Students with special educational needs may be admitted to St. Mary’s School as long as adequate adjustments in the educational setting can be provided to meet the educational needs of the student. The decisions for admission of a student will be made on a case by case basis. Parents MUST disclose special educational needs prior to enrollment. Failure to make this disclosure may result in termination of admission.

New and Transferring Students

Students transferring to St. Mary's School from other schools will undergo a screening process to ensure that the student’s previous record and reason for transfer are consistent with St. Mary's School’s mission and goals. Transferring students must have a record free of major disciplinary incidents (e.g. suspension, expulsion, major infractions of school rules). Any student who has previously been expelled from a school, asked to leave a school, or left a school to avoid expulsion shall not be admitted into St. Mary’s School without written permission from the Diocesan Superintendent of Schools.

In addition, if the information gathered indicates that St. Mary's School does not have the educational program to best serve the academic, behavioral, or social/emotional needs of the student, the student will not be accepted for admission.

 

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