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St. Joseph the Protector School

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Admission Policy for K-8


 

Saint Joseph the Protector School welcomes students of all faiths, ethnic , racial and socio-economic backgrounds.

As a regional school sponsored by Saint Luke the Evangelist and Immaculate Conception BVM parishes, we grant priority to parishioners during the enrollment process.

Families considering enrollment in Saint Joseph the Protector School should call 215-884-0843 to make an appointment for an interview and a tour of the school while in session.  Prospective new students have the opportunity to shadow for a day.

At the time of application for admission to Saint Joseph the Protector School, parents are required to provide the following documents for each individual child making application:

  1. A completed application form

  2. A copy of the child’s birth certificate

  3. A copy of the child’s baptismal certificate (required of all , except those baptized at St. Luke the Evangelist or Immaculate Conception)

  4. An up-to-date certificate of immunization

Acceptance Guidelines

It is our desire to provide a Catholic elementary education for all who seek it.  Registered parish families of St. Luke the Evangelist and Immaculate Conception who regularly participate in Catholic liturgical celebrations and contribute to the parish community by offering consistent financial support to the parish will receive first priority in order of acceptance into our school.  Applicants are accepted in this priority order:

  1. Parishioners with Catholic children already in the school.

  2. Parishioners who are new to the parish school community.

  3. Catholic students from a parish without a school.

  4. Catholic students coming from a parish that has closed its school enrollment.

  5. Non-Catholic students.

Non-Catholic students may be admitted to Saint Joseph the Protector School under the following conditions:

  • Adequate facilities and space are available

  • Parents/guardians of the students agree in writing to permit their child(ren) to attend religion classes and religious functions, which are offered as part of the school program

  • Parents/guardians agree in writing to accept and to promote the philosophy, mission statement, goals and objectives of Saint Joseph the Protector School.         

Age Requirements

  • First graders must be six (6) years of age on or before September 1st  of the current school year.

  • Kindergarteners must be five (5) years of age on or before September 1st  of the current school year.         

Health Requirements

  • Immunization records and general health examination reports must be presented to the school before admission.  Montgomery County health requirements must be fulfilled.

  • Children entering Saint Joseph the Protector School for the first time must have a Hepatitis B vaccination.

Academic Requirements

  • Acceptance of children in Grades 2 through 6 is contingent upon receiving complete and accurate information from the sending school.

Registration requirements

  • Original birth certificate

  • Baptismal certificate (unless Baptized in the Saint Luke the Evangelist or Immaculate Conception BVM parishes)

  • Complete immunization record.

  • Non-refundable registration fee

           

Students coming from other Catholic Schools must provide documentation from the sending school’s pastor or principal verifying that all school tuition and fees are paid in full before admission is granted.

Students requesting admission from another parish elementary school must present a letter from the pastor of their current parish, giving permission to attend Saint Joseph the Protector School.

NB: Because of the differences that exist in various middle and junior high school programs, Saint Joseph the Protector School does not accept seventh or eighth grade students from any program other than Catholic elementary schools within the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.  Exceptions may be made to this policy on an individual basis or in the case of a student coming from a Catholic school outside the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.