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1101 East Fifth St.
Natchitoches, Louisiana 71457

3183523422

Enrollment

St. Mary’s School is an open admission non-public Catholic school. It does not discriminate on any national, ethnic or religious basis in administration of the school’s education policies, financial assistance programs, athletics, or any other school-administered program. The school upholds the philosophy of educating the whole child in a faith-filled environment. It seeks to serve all students desiring the benefits of a quality Catholic education.

Admission may be denied to any applicant if their needs cannot be properly served at St. Mary’s School. This may occur when class size does not allow for proper placement of a student, when there is a need for highly specialized counseling or treatment, or when a student’s discipline record indicates a disruptive pattern, etc. St. Mary’s Catholic School administration also reserves the right to deny enrollment of any student due to parental non- compliance of rules and misrepresentation of child or family information (i.e. age, health information, past academic records, church affiliation, etc.).


NON-DISCRIMINATION POLICY

St. Mary’s School admits students of any sex, race, color, national or ethnic origin, to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on any national, ethnic or religious basis in administration of the school’s educational policies, financial aid programs, athletics or any school-administered activities.


DISCLOSURE

It is the policy of St. Mary’s to provide a positive learning experience for every student regardless of race, gender, or challenge.  Every student is entitled to an opportunity to succeed educationally and behaviorally in the classroom setting.

Under Section 504 of federal statute, a private school without a special education program, that is a recipient of federal funds may not, on the basis of disability, exclude a qualified challenged individual from its program if the individual can, with minor adjustments and reasonable accommodations, be provided with an appropriate education.   As St. Mary’s curriculum does not offer a special education program, or special education services, admission may be denied to any applicant if their needs cannot be properly served at St. Mary’s School.  This may occur when class size does not allow for proper placement of a student, when there is a need for highly specialized counseling or treatment, or when a student’s discipline record indicates a disruptive pattern.  The school also reserves the right to ask students to leave the school should the student’s behavior interrupts another student’s right to learn, or the teacher’s right to teach.  This may happen at any time during the school year.


FOR All STUDENTS

  1. Parents should pick up an enrollment packet from the School Office or download it from our school website. 
  2. Parents should download and thoroughly review the Parent\Student Handbook.

For Returning STUDENTS

Tuition, fees, and all registration forms are due during the enrollment period of each school year. After all documentation is provided and verified, the student’s information is reviewed by the school’s admission staff to be considered for continued enrollment. Parents will receive an email message confirming re-admittance or denial of re-entry. Previously or presently enrolled students, missing pertinent and required information in their permanent school folder (birth certificate, immunization records, etc.) will be notified through email what specific information is not present. Additionally, omission of any special needs information (medical diagnosis, medication, discipline history, etc.) may jeopardize readmission for the student. Students will not be accepted for the following year’s attendance until all required information is provided.


FOR NEW STUDENTS

All inquiries regarding admission should be directed to the school’s admissions personnel. Requirements for new or transferring students include:

  • SMS administered admission’s screening
  • Official transcript, grades, enrollment information from previous school
  • Student and parent interview

Each student requesting admission must be in good standing academically and behaviorally, at the previous school, to be considered for admission. Completed courses of transferring students (grades 9 – 12) must align with the SMS curriculum to be admitted. The curriculum completed must allow for the student to be in sync with currently enrolled students for graduation to occur as anticipated. After all documentation is provided and verified, the student’s information is reviewed by the school’s admission staff to be considered for enrollment. Once enrollment is approved, all fees and forms are due by the first week of August. The loan option of payment of tuition (discussed below) is also available for new students; however, all loan payments must still be completed and paid in full by April 15, regardless of student’s date of entry.