ST. MARK PARISH SCHOOL STUDENT HANDBOOK
ADMISSION POLICIES

 

St. Mark Parish School admits students of any ethnic or national origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school.  It does not discriminate on the basis of national or ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, financial assistance programs, and athletic or other school administered programs.

The following policy provides for establishing admission priorities for acceptance of families/students to St. Mark Parish School.

  1. Returning students are given preference over new students provided their families have previously honored their obligations to their Faithful Steward Plan or Full Pay Tuition Contract.
  2. New students will be considered for admission in the following descending priorities on a space available basis:
    1. First - to children with siblings currently in attendance in grades K-8.
    2. Second - to children from in-parish families currently without children attending St. Mark.
    3. Third - to children of practicing Catholics in parishes other than St. Mark.
    4. Fourth - to children whose families are faith committed, affiliated with a church, and whose families emphasize religion.

All new families will have a meeting with the Principal and  Pastor.  In addition, students new to St. Mark Parish School will demonstrate a performance level that is within the range of the programs at St. Mark Parish School by providing the following:

  1. Records of transcripts from previous school.
  2. Previous teacher's recommendation.
  3. Satisfactory screening/test results administered by St. Mark staff for new incoming students when needed.   

It should be noted that St. Mark Parish School may not have the programs and resources to assist those children who have very special academic, social, or physical needs.

Children entering kindergarten must be five years old by August 31st.

Applications for admittance will be accepted at the school office during the month of March for the following school year.  In the event there are more applicants than space available, confirmation of acceptance will be determined by:

  1. Date of registration in St. Mark Parish
  2. Satisfactory testing results
  3. Birth date (applicants for kindergarten)
  4. Baptismal record
  5. Completed application date with registration fee

In the event when the capacity of each class is reached, those meeting the above criteria and not admitted will be placed on a waiting list in case an opening occurs. Families will be contacted according to the aforementioned admission criteria.  Applications to be reconsidered for the following school year should be made during spring registration.

By law, each student must have an immunization record or waiver on file in the office.  Admittance to class will be denied without this record.

Records will not be sent on to new schools until all fees are paid.