Admissions Process

Saint Mary School is welcoming applications for the 2020-2021 school year.  Please review the steps outlined below, and if you need any assistance throughout the process, we would be happy to help.  Please call us at 203.438.7288 or email admissions@smsridgefield.org.

 

Steps

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Step 1 - Explore

By taking a look at our website, you are on your way to completing Step 1!  Spend some time here, review our mission and vision, and consider what is important to you and your family.  Read our Principal's Message, and get a sense of her philosophy and style.  Review our curriculum, read about student life, and learn about our Catholic Identity.  Another great window into our community is social media -- follow us on Facebook and Instagram to see what is happening up to the minute.

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Step 2 - Parent Visit

The best way to understand Saint Mary School is to see us in action!  A Parent Visit is Step 2 in our process, and will give you insight to our vision, programs, faculty and staff, and current students and families.  Attend an Open House, or schedule a private tour.  You can click here to learn more.

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Step 3 - Apply

Time for Step 3!  We encourage you to download and complete the application form at your earliest convenience.  If you need a hard copy sent to you, please call us at 203.438.7288 and we will send one via mail.  Then, please complete the supplemental forms required per grade. 

Please note, there is a $50 non-refundable application fee per child.

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Step 4 - Shadow Day

Once the application, transcripts and recommendation forms have been received, applicants for Grades 1 and higher move to Step 4 - Shadow Day.  Students will spend the day with their current grade level, going to classes, meeting teachers and students, meeting with our principal, and taking an assessment administered by our Learning Specialist.  Students applying for Kindergarten may choose to visit for a shorter time period, and will take a readiness assessment administered by our Kindergarten Head Teacher.  There is no assessment for Preschool students.

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Step 5 - Financial Aid (Optional)

Those families in need of financial assistance may apply each year to the Bishop's Scholarship Fund.  The mission of the Bishop's Scholarship Fund (BSF) is to help families in need afford a Catholic education.  In the 2019-2020 academic year, BSF awarded $2,800,000 in aid to families at Diocesan elementary schools in Fairfield County.  The application process for the 2020-2021 academic year will open February 1, 2020, and awards will be announced in early May 2020.  More information is available about the Bishop's Scholarship Fund.

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Step 6 - Enroll

Once your student is accepted, you move onto the final step  - Enrollment.  You will need to:

Congratulations!  We are delighted to welcome you to the Saint Mary Family!

 

 

 

What can we expect from Shadow Day?

When you schedule your shadow day, we will tell you which uniform students will be wearing, and suggest something that will make your student comfortable.  We ask that you arrive at 8:00 am, and pick up at 2:00 pm.  Your student will fully participate in classes and specials that day.  For students applying to Grade 1 and above, our Learning Specialist will give your child an assessment during Shadow Day.