PRE-SCHOOL ADMISSION

Children from three to five years of age may be enrolled in the pre-school program.

3-KINDERGARTEN        Must be 3 years of age by September 1. (DP 5000)

4-KINDERGARTEN        Must be 4 years of age by September 1. (DP 5000)

5-KINDERGARTEN        Must be 5 years of age by September 1. (DP 5000)

All applicants must submit a completed application form and the $50.00 processing fee.  An evaluation of the prospective student will be conducted by qualified staff.  All students must be toilet-trained.  A birth certificate and immunization records are also required. Every student enrolled in a Catholic School in the State of Texas shall be immunized against vaccine preventable diseases caused by infectious agents in accordance with the immunization schedule adopted by the Texas Department of State Health Services. A student who fails to present the required evidence shall not be accepted for enrollment. The only exception to the foregoing requirement is a medical exemption signed by a licensed physician (M.D. or D.O.) authorized to practice in the State of Texas, including the physicians license number.

Immunizations are not in conflict with the Catholic faith. Conscientious objections or waivers, which may be permissible for attendance in public schools, do not qualify as an exemption in Catholic Schools in Texas. (Atty. Gen. Op. GA-0420)

This policy was adopted by Texas Catholic Conference Education Department, December 2008 and voted on April 3, 2017 to keep as written with no changes.

Formal registration will be completed after notification of acceptance, receipt of a deposit on tuition and enrollment in the tuition payment plan, positive evaluation results, and submission of diocesan required medical forms.  If registration is not offered, the processing fee is non-refundable.

Step-by-Step Admissions Process

Step 1: Fill out an application packet.

Step 2: Provide all needed transcripts and supporting documents (including standardized test scores and any IEPs) for review and placement. Parents are asked to request a copy of their student’s records in order to expedite this process. Additionally, any written documentation pertaining to educational, physical, or psychological evaluations or assessments as well as the required health records, medical insurance information, immunization records, birth certificate and dates of Baptism*, 1st Penance*, 1st Eucharist*, and Confirmation* is also needed.
(* = only needed from Catholic applicants)

Step 3: Arrange for a classroom screening (entering grades PK – 5) or admissions review (entering grades 6 – 11). The classroom screening consists of a one-on-one meeting between the prospective student and his or her grade-level teacher. The admissions review is conducted by the Upper Campus guidance counselor and enrollment director.

Step 4: Arrange for payment of tuition.

Option 1: Pay tuition in full. (then, skip to Step 7)

Option 2: If you need to spread out your payments or would like to be considered for financial assistance,
you must complete the FACTS report forms.

Step 5: Finalize your payment plan through the FACTS reporting system.

Step 6: Enjoy the Notre Dame Catholic experience!

Formal registration will be completed after notification of acceptance by letter, receipt of a deposit on tuition and enrollment in the tuition payment plan, positive evaluation results, if necessary, and submission of diocesan required medical forms.  If registration is not offered, the application fee is non-refundable.

Re-enrollment is required annually for all grades.  Presently enrolled students will be registered in the Spring for the next term.  Acceptance of new students is determined by space availability for each grade.  Waiting lists will be established when necessary.

All new students are accepted conditionally.  If a student’s academic progress or social behavior is not acceptable, or if the school is not equipped to handle certain deficiencies, the parents will be contacted as to possible courses of action, including the possibility of referral to another institution better equipped to meet the needs of the student.