Criteria for Admissions
St. Apollinaris Catholic School teaches the beliefs and traditions of the Faith as espoused by the Magisterium of the Roman Catholic Church. Christian values are modeled and encouraged so students learn to exhibit them in their own lives. Prayer is an integral part of this experience and students help plan and participate in our various liturgical prayer services.
Students and their families must be committed to the value and purpose of Catholic education. All students are expected to participate in the religious exercises, which are part of the Catholic tradition of prayer and liturgy. Priority is given to the children of Catholic families who will benefit from the school’s academic program. In evaluating applicants from Catholic families, children from parochial schools and parish religious education programs are given top priority.
St. Apollinaris Catholic School, in the Diocese of Santa Rosa, mindful of its mission to be a witness to the love of Christ for all, admits students of any race, color, and national origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to the students at the school.
The Catholic schools in the Diocese of Santa Rosa do not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, age, sex or disability in the administration of educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school administered programs.
Instructional size is an average of 1 teacher to 15 students. Diocesan policy allows a maximum size of 40 students. As openings occur, the principal admits students to St. Apollinaris Catholic School based on previous records and placement tests. Admission is based on the provision and acceptance of the following:
- a written statement outlining the reasons for the child’s application
- agreement with the philosophy of the school
- follow guidelines as established in the Parent/Student Handbook
- personal interview with the principal
- commitment to fulfill financial obligations
- choice of parent participation or non-participation according to tuition plan agreement
- for Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten, the results of a screening test
- Grades 1-8, the results of a screening test
- for grades 1-8, the scholastic record from the previous school attended as demonstrated by a transcript
- placement test
- social conduct consistent with St. Apollinaris Catholic School expectations
- satisfactory completion of work for each school year previous to attending St. Apollinaris Catholic School
- birth certificate
- copy of Baptismal, First Communion and Sacrament of Reconciliation certificates (if applicable), and Health and Attendance Records
- all the above are required prior to acceptance to St. Apollinaris Catholic School
Waiting List Policy
When enrollment in any class reaches a maximum capacity, new applicants will be placed on a waiting list and will be notified of availability in a timely manner.
Admittance on Probationary Basis
All pupils are admitted to St. Apollinaris Catholic School in the hope of successfully completing the school’s program. New pupils are admitted on a probationary basis for the first trimester or quarter. If the pupil has not reached an acceptable level of progress, both academically and behaviorally, the parents will be advised that another educational setting would be beneficial for their child.
Age of Admissions
A child who is four years of age by September 1st may be admitted into Transitional Kindergarten.
A child who is five years of age by December 1st may be admitted into Kindergarten.