Admissions Process

Saint Mary School is welcoming applications for the 2021-2022 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.

While we are still accepting applications, please note that we have a waiting list for our PK-3's and PK-4's program for 2021-2022.

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.

Take a virtual tour of our campus, or sign up for a Virtual Open House.  Take a look at our Portrait of a Graduate.

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Step 2 - Inquire

At the moment we are not scheduling any tours, but if you still have questions, please complete an Inquiry and we will chat at a convenient time for you.

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Step 3 - Apply

Time for Step 3!  The process of applying begins when you set up an account on our admissions portal. Applying for more than one child?  You will only set up one account, which can manage multiple applications.

We encourage all applying for a preschool program to submit an application by December 23, 2020.  You will receive notification of acceptance on or before January 22, 2021.  If any spots remain open at that point, they will be handled on a rolling basis.

For students applying to Kindergarten-Grade 8, we encourage applications and all supporting documentation to be submitted by January 29, 2021.  Notification of acceptance will be received on or before March 1, 2021.  Any open spots will be handled on a rolling basis.

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

 

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Step 4 - Shadow Day

We will assess the feasibility of Shadow Days in January 2021, and may replace all or part of it with a Virtual portion.  Our previous process is described below.

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 2021-2022 academic year is expected to open in February 2021, and awards are expected to be announced in early May 2021.  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.  Via the Admissions Portal, you will complete some additional information such as emergency contacts, provide current medical information, and manage the tuition contract.  There is a non-refundable $300 enrollment fee per student.  There is a discounted rate for current and returning families.

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

 

 

 

What can we expect from Shadow Day?

At the moment Shadow Days are suspended.  We will re-evaluate whether they will be scheduled in early 2021.

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.