Admission Priorities

St. Mary’s Church operates the parish school and subsidizes its funding. Thus, the first priority for admission to St. Mary’s will be offered to members of St. Mary’s parish and families with students currently enrolled.

In order to be considered a member of St. Mary’s Parish, an individual or family must:

1. Be registered with the parish office.

2. Regularly participate with the parish community at weekend mass and holy day masses.

3. Regularly contribute to the support of the parish community in proportion to the individual or family financial resources.

4. Conduct their lives within the teachings of the Catholic Church.

 The second priority for admission will be extended to members of other Catholic parishes that provide financial support to St. Mary’s School. Families should meet with their pastor prior to enrollment to determine if such an arrangement exists. When other parishes make this commitment, the families from those parishes will be extended in-parish tuition rates.

 The third priority will be extended to Catholic families who are members of parishes that do not financially support St. Mary’s. Non-parish tuition rates apply.

The fourth priority will be extended to families and individuals who are not Catholic. Non-parish tuition rates apply.

 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.

 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.

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

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

Transfer students are required to submit transcripts or appraisal forms from the previous school. Students may be screened before admission for proper grade placement. Illinois Law requires all students transferring from outside of Illinois to have a physical examination within one calendar year prior to the date of entry. The examination must include a complete immunization record and medical history. Students transferring from another Illinois school must present copies of their current Illinois school health records.

If the records of a transfer student are not received within 30 days of the request for such records, the parent will be informed and an additional 10 school days will be allowed to show proof of meeting grade appropriate health requirements. If such proof is not provided within the above time frame, the student will be excluded from school until proof is presented to school authorities.

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.