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Application Process

How to Apply

 

The personalized attention your children will receive at Saint Mary School begins right now, with the application process.  We are here to help you every step of the way.  Below you will find detailed steps, by program, for completing your application.

 

  • The application deadline for 2024-2025 school year has passed.  There are spots open in select grades, please complete an Inquiry Form to check availability.

  • We will begin accepting applications for the 2025-2026 school year on Tuesday, October 15, 2024.

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.  Take a look at our Portrait of a Graduate.  Another great window into our community is social media — follow us on Facebook and Instagram to see what is happening up to the minute.

Step 2 - Visit

Ready for a closer look at our programs? 

We look forward to meeting you!

Step 3 - Apply

Time for Step 3!  The process of applying begins when you set up an account on our admissions portal, SMS Connect. Applying for more than one child?  You will only set up one account, which can manage multiple applications. We will begin accepting applications for the 2025-2026 school year on October 15, 2024.  There is a $50 non-refundable application fee per applicant.

 

For students applying to Kindergarten-Grade 8, we encourage applications and all supporting documentation to be submitted by March 1, 2025.  Notification of acceptance will be received on or before March 18, 2025.  Any open spots will be handled on a rolling basis.

For students applying to Preschool, 

  • Timeline for PK-3’s and PK-4’s:Applications will be accepted from October 15-November 15, 2024, On or before December 4 we will send acceptances and waiting list notifications.  Any open spots will be handled on a rolling basis.

  • Timeline for Transitional Kindergarten: Applications will be accepted from October 16-December 13, 2024, On December 20 we will send acceptances and waiting list notifications for non-current students. Any open spots will be handled on a rolling basis.

Apply Now via SMS Connect

Step 4 - Shadow Day (Grades 1-8)

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 getting a sense of what it would be like to join the Saint Mary community.

 

What can we expect during a 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 7:45 am and pick up at 2:00 pm.  Your student will fully participate in classes and specials that day.  Please pack a nut-free lunch and snack (for Grades 1-5). For students applying to Grades 1 and 2, our Learning Specialist will give your child an assessment during Shadow Day.

Step 5 - Assessment (K-8)

  • There is no assessment for Preschool students.

  • Kindergarten applicants will visit for a 20 minute screening administered by our Kindergarten teacher.

  • Grade 1 and Grade 2 applicants will be screened during the shadow day by our Learning Specialist.

  • Applicants in Grades 3-8 will attend a math/language arts screening scheduled separately from the shadow day.

Step 6 - 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. Last year, BSF awarded $3,000,000 in aid to families at Diocesan elementary schools in Fairfield County.  The application process for the 2025-2026 school year will open in February 2025, and awards will be announced in early May 2025.  More information is available about the Bishop’s Scholarship Fund.

Step 7 - 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!

Step 8 - Welcome to the Family

Over the summer, new families will be given a host family to help transition into the community.  In addition, there will be the following opportunities to gather:

 

  • Preschool New Parent Orientation – May 2025

  • Kindergarten Orientation – August 2025

  • New Family Orientation – August 2025

  • Preschool Meet and Greet – August 2025

  • Back to School Ice Pop Social – August 2025