All Catholic preschools, elementary schools and Archdiocesan high schools are open to students who sincerely seek a Catholic education and meet the requirements listed below. Because every Catholic child has a right to religious instruction and formation in the Catholic faith, preference is given to Catholic students.
- No person shall be admitted as a student in any Catholic school unless that person and his/her parent(s) subscribe to the school’s philosophy and agree to abide by the educational policies and regulations of the school and the Archdiocese.
- Whether Catholic or non-Catholic, the student must agree to attend religious classes and the religious activities conducted in the school.
- No student shall be admitted to any Catholic school unless s/he is deemed to have reasonable hope of successfully completing that school’s program. In doubtful cases, students may be admitted on a probationary basis with dates and criteria of evaluation clearly established in writing.
- Students shall not be denied admission to an Archdiocesan school because of a disability unless this disability seriously impairs the student’s ability to complete successfully the school’s academic program, or unless the school cannot provide sufficient care or make reasonable accommodation for the disabled child.
- A birth certificate as proof of age must be presented to the school prior to admission. A baptismal certificate shall be required of all baptized Catholic students. The information on birth and baptism shall be entered on the permanent office record in the proper place, but only when verified by the official document.
- A child entering kindergarten must be five years old on or before October 1. No exception is to be made to this regulation. A student entering the first grade must be six years old on or before October 1. Exceptions to the first grade age limit may be made at the discretion of the principal when students are transferring from another school and have successfully completed a kindergarten program.
- Each Catholic School retains the right to set local admissions standards, policies and procedures in addition to those specified by the Archdiocese. The admission policy for each Archdiocesan preschool, elementary and high school should be made public and clearly stated in the local parent/student handbook.
- A copy of the parent/student handbook is to be given to new applicants. Parents are to acknowledge in writing that they have read and agree to adhere to the policies and regulations therein.
- Parents who wish to enroll their children in special programs, academic or otherwise, outside the school during the school day, may do so only with the written consent of the Principal and Pastor, and the approval of the Superintendent. Such requests shall be judged on a case-by-case basis, and if granted, shall be for a period of no more than one academic year. Granting this type of enrollment is solely at the discretion of the Principal and Pastor and is subject to the approval of the Superintendent.