REGISTRATION and ADMISSION POLICY
Students enroll at Notre Dame Catholic School annually. Notre Dame and the Diocese of Fort Worth retain the right not to allow a student to continue attending or enroll. Registration is a conditional enrollment subject to review and determination by the school. The conduct of a student or the student’s family may be grounds for the school revoking the enrollment of a student. Prior to the first day of school, the school does not have to state the reasons or have grounds for revoking of a conditional enrollment of a student.
Records required for admission include: health records, medical insurance information, immunization records, birth certificate and dates of *Baptism, *First Reconciliation, *First Eucharist and *Confirmation (*Catholic applicants only). Applicants in Grades 1 through 12 must also provide most recent report cards, standardized test results and record of IEP if applicable. These will be reviewed to determine whether the program at Notre Dame Catholic School will meet the educational needs of the students. An interview with the student is part of the admission process. Testing in some academic areas may be held for new incoming students. All new students will be given a probationary period in which to prove himself/herself both socially and academically. If during this period there are any problems, a student may be asked to withdraw his/her attendance at Notre Dame Catholic School.
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 screening (entering grades PK – 5) or a placement exam (entering grades 6 – 11). The placement
exam consists of a math portion, a writing portion, and an optional language portion for anyone seeking to enter
Into a language above entry level.
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: Once the FACTS report has been processed, if you would like to be considered for financial assistance:
Option 1: If you are a registered parishioner with either Sacred Heart or Our Lady Queen of Peace, please
make an appointment to speak with the priest concerning your request.
Option 2: If you are not registered with either parish, please contact the Notre Dame Business Office to request
an evaluation of your need for financial assistance.
Step 6: Finalize your payment plan through the FACTS reporting system.
Step 7: 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.