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  Admission Policy & Requirements

General Information

Students who desire an educational experience founded on the Catholic philosophy of education and who fulfill the age, health, and academic requirements are eligible for admission to St. John School. Saint John School follows the policies of the Archdiocese of Baltimore and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, and/or national or ethnic origin in the administration of educational policies, athletic and other school administration programs. Equal opportunity is provided for both students and employees. Registration for admission to Saint John Catholic School Kindergarten Program is ordinarily conducted during the first school week of March, from 8:30 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. Admission to the kindergarten program will be based upon the admission priorities hereinafter set forth.

  • Students entering kindergarten must be five (5) years of age by September 1st year of enrollment. St. John School cannot grant any waivers unless the criteria set by Carroll County Public Schools for early admission is met. (Carroll County Public schools will test students for early admission. Contact the Carroll County Board of Education.)
  • Families and new students seeking admission to grade 1 through grade 8 on a space available basis must submit all prior school records for evaluation and be personally interviewed by the principal and faculty representatives to determine if Saint John Catholic School can satisfy the academic needs of the students.
  • The Birth Certificate and Baptismal Certificate must be presented at the time of registration.
  • Registration is not complete until all the necessary paperwork and a non-refundable registration fee is submitted.

Admission Priorities

Candidates for admission to grades Pre- K through 8th grade will be granted admission based on the following priorities:

  • The school will give preference to current students by allowing re-registration each year prior to registration for new students. Accordingly, first priority will be given to students currently enrolled in Saint John School, who successfully completed the Kindergarten Program or their previous year of school study, and who re-register.
  • In the event there are more qualified candidates than available admission openings,  the admission priority will be given to the children of families who have been registered and participated in the parish envelope system for the longest period of time prior to the year of the new child’s admission.

Admission Discretion

Admission from any of the pool of candidates set forth above will be made in the sole and absolute discretion of the principal and the pastor.

Pool of Non-Admitted Candidates

After new student registration, students will be admitted pursuant to the admission priorities. If a class is completely filled, parents may place students into the pool of nonadmitted candidates.

Parents of a child in the pool will be notified during the school term if a place becomes available. However, siblings of a student who gains entry from the pool shall not enjoy a priority status for the remainder of the academic year for which the student was admitted. When registration opens for the following year, the student admitted from the pool, pursuant to the admission priorities, shall be allowed to re-register and the application of any sibling of that student shall be reviewed in accordance with the priorities.

Review of Records

In order to meet the individual needs of each student, we must first assess a student’s level of academic development. If a child’s record of academic achievement is incompatible with the program presently administered in the school, then it will be impossible to enroll that student.

It is important that all parents understand that the intent of testing / review of previous academic history is not only to determine the strengths and weaknesses of the student but also to ascertain the school’s ability to serve and educate according to the child’s current stage of development. It is our sincere hope that this admissions policy will be fair and equitable to new students wishing to enter our school and to students presently enrolled.


To enable St. John School to perform an adequate record check, parents should provide any report cards and/or information from the prior school. Upon receiving an application for registration, Saint John School will send for the records of the student from the prior school. Admission is predicated upon receiving all previous school records prior to matriculation at Saint John School.

Evaluation Period

All new students accepted in Levels K-8 are given a 2 -4 month evaluation period. If during this time, the principal determines that the school is unable to meet the needs of the student, the parents will be required to place their child in another school. Such a recommendation would occur after a conference with the parents.

Admission to Class

Any child who attends St. John School must meet the requirements of the school, the Maryland State Department of Education, the Carroll County Health Department, and the Archdiocese of Baltimore. Accordingly, the following requirements are necessary for attendance at St. John School:

  • All medical records must be up to date as required by the Carroll County Health Department.
  • Each student MUST have a completed emergency card on file in the school office by the second day of school. Parents’ home telephone numbers as well as information on any health problems a child may have MUST be on file. This information must be updated when changes occur.
  • All financial obligations, including the registration fee, cafeteria charges, library fees PTF debts, and any prior-year tuition payments must be paid.
St. John School Board Policy, June, 2002
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