Important Dates & Information

Are YOU a future Knight?

If so, we’re excited about the prospect of meeting you and your parents in the coming months as we begin the 2020-2021 admissions season!  Please pay particular attention to the events, dates, and deadlines listed below:

OPEN HOUSE: SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2019

We open our doors on a Sunday afternoon once each fall and kick off our upcoming admissions season with our annual Open House. Beginning at 1:00 PM, you are invited and encouraged to spend an hour or two with us to learn more about our middle school and/or high school programs. You’ll also have the opportunity to tour the facility with current students and meet many of our teachers, coaches, and parents.  This is a family day, so prospective students (of all ages) and their parents are welcome.

APPLICATIONS FOR FALL 2020 ENROLLMENT

We will begin accepting online applications for fall 2020 enrollment immediately following our Open House. Applicants should strive to get their application in as soon as possible, but preferably by mid-December.  That way, you are more likely to receive your preferred testing date (see below) and be in the first round of notifications that go out around March 15th. Once you have submitted your application, you have completed the first step in the admissions process. Remember, when it comes to getting the application completed, “the early bird gets the worm!”

MIDDLE SCHOOL BRING A FRIEND DAY: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2019

Are you a prospective middle school student who would also like to see what life is like at St. Joe’s?  While we require high school applicants to shadow a day in our high school, we offer one day each academic year when prospective middle school students can visit. St. Joseph’s middle school students will be encouraged to bring a friend (currently in grades 5-7) to school for a half day of classes and lunch on Friday, November 8, 2019. Don’t know a St. Joe’s middle school student who could host your child?  No worries! We will find a host for you. Look for the registration forms on our website in mid-October.

PROSPECTIVE PARENT NIGHT: THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2019

This is a great way to see what sets SJCS apart from other schools. Parents are invited to attend a small forum with the Headmaster and other school administrators to discuss specifics related to several topics: Academics, Athletics, Campus Ministry, College Guidance, Financial Aid, Fine Arts, and Student Life. The setting is casual and comfortable, and it allows parents the opportunity to gather more information and ask questions of school officials on topics related to specific interests.

PRIORITY ADMISSIONS TESTING FOR FALL 2020 ENROLLMENT: SATURDAY, JANUARY 11, 2020 or SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2020

You’re on your way to becoming a Knight! Priority testing will be held on one of two Saturdays:  January 11, 2020 OR February 1, 2020.  Students who test on one of these two dates will get the first look and be the first to receive their notification (around March 15th). Any incoming ninth grader who tests on one of these two dates will also be in the running for one of two academic merit scholarships awarded each year to high school freshmen.  The last scheduled admissions testing date is Saturday, March 14, 2020.

HIGH SCHOOL SHADOWING VISITS

If you’re a ninth grade applicant, you’ll be invited to campus to shadow a current high school freshman as part of the admissions process. Shadowing dates are scheduled by the Admissions Office following the Admissions Testing. Beginning in January, we start pairing incoming ninth grade applicants with our Freshmen Student Ambassadors based on similar interests. Applicants will spend the day shadowing freshman classes, meeting freshman teachers, and seeing what student life is like at St. Joe’s.  By the end of the day, most students can’t wait to become a Knight!

PRIORITY DEADLINE FOR FINANCIAL AID APPLICATIONS: FEBRUARY 15, 2020

Since our earliest beginnings, the school has been committed to offering an excellent, Catholic, college-preparatory education to qualified students who wish to attend. Accordingly, SJCS offers a limited amount of funding each year to qualifying students and their families. In the 2019-2020 school year alone, St. Joseph’s awarded nearly one million dollars in tuition assistance and discounts to approximately one-third of our school families. Award amounts may vary from year to year as awards are based upon the number of qualifying families, their need, and available funds. The FACTS Management Aid Assessment Form for applying for this need-based assistance can be found on our website under Admissions/Affording SJCS, beginning in late December.  The priority deadline for completing and submitting this form is February 15, 2020. However, applicants who apply later are encouraged to complete the form when submitting an application.

PRIORITY ADMISSIONS NOTIFICATION DATE: MARCH 15, 2020

Applicants who complete the admissions process by the end of February will be mailed notification around March 15th. Successful applicants will be asked to enroll by Tuesday, March 31, 2020 in order to secure their spot for fall 2020. A $300.00 enrollment fee is all that is required at the time of enrollment. Tuition payments for the 2020-2021 school year begin in July 2020, and can be paid in one of four ways: single payment (3% discount), semi-annual payment (1.5% discount), or in ten-month or twelve-month bank draft installments.

NEW STUDENT NIGHT: MONDAY, MAY 4, 2020

All newly accepted and enrolled students and their parents will be invited to campus on Monday, May 4, 2020 for an important and informative evening. A general information session for all will include a checklist of “What’s Next?” to include everything you can expect and need to know to help prepare for the start of school in August 2020. In addition, smaller break-out sessions will be held to address specific needs by grade level.

NEW HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT PLACEMENT TESTING: MAY 12 AND MAY 14, 2020

Many newly-enrolled high school students will need to come to campus for our Math and World Language Placement Testing in mid-May, and more details about this will be communicated in the acceptance packets.

SCHOOL TOURS

Prospective parents and students are welcomed to schedule a private tour any time during the school year. Tours are scheduled by the Admissions Office on most weekdays and usually last about an hour.  Please schedule your tour in advance by emailing admissions@sjcatholicschool.org.

QUESTIONS:

We would love to hear from you! Please contact Barbara McGrath, Director of Admissions, at bmcgrath@sjcatholicschool.org or call (864) 234-9009, ext. 104.