Admissions 2021-2022

Admission Policy as of 3/26/21 

Please note that registration for the 2021-2022 school year is now closed. If there are any grade levels that still have openings we will announce them in the Spring (April/May). All acceptance letters have gone out. All decisions of enrolling are due by Monday 4/5/21. 

Registration for the 2022-2023 school year will begin in the Winter of 2022.

 

St. Francis welcomes you to our community. We hope to make the enrollment process as easy as possible for both students and parents and are available to answer all of your questions. 

REGISTRATION TIME FRAME

New Family Registration: The registration process begins on Friday, February 12th. First families will have to fill out the registration form. Families will also have to upload the following

1) a recent writing sample (Grades 2-8)
2) at least two years of academic records
3) standardized test scores if applicable (Terranovas, NYS Exam, etc.)
4) a copy of an IESP/IEP/504 if applicable.

During the month of March, all new prospective families and any new student in Grades 2-8 will have a Zoom Interview with the Administration. 

Once the interview is finished the applications will be reviewed and families will be notified of their status by March 26th. Please note that the administration will use the Priority for Admission (found below).  If your child is accepted you will be asked to pay a $100 Registration Fee, a $100 Lunch fee per family, and one-month tuition. Please note that all fees and tuition are non-refundable. If your child is placed on a waiting list due to space capacity you will be notified by Friday, March 26th. 

For an application to be considered for the priority of admission all applications need to be in by February  26th, 2021. 

Please note after Feb 26th no applications will be accepted. 

PRIORITY FOR ADMISSION

Students will be enrolled or added to a waiting list in the order of applications received based on the following criteria:

  1. Current student presently enrolled.

  2. A sibling of an enrolled St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy N-8 student

  3. Students of families who are registered, supporting, and active in Blessed Trinity or St. Francis de Sales Parishes. The family must be in good standing with regard to the participation, finances, and support of the parish. When the applicants are equal, the following will be taken into account: a) Longevity in Blessed Trinity or St. Francis de Sales parishes, b) Grandchildren of longtime parishioners, c) Results of any interviews deemed necessary by the principal.

  4. Transferring Catholic School students
  5. Students of families who are registered in and supporting other Catholic parishes

  6. Non-Catholic students.

 

CONDITIONS FOR ADMISSION

All new students are accepted on a three-month probationary basis. Students must meet St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy’s academic standards and expectations.

  1. A state-issued birth certificate, copy of a baptismal certificate if Roman Catholic, proof of medical exam, and record of immunizations must be submitted by all new students before school begins. Additional medical/dental/vision exam requirements may apply for certain grade levels.

  2. In order to be accepted into Kindergarten, a student must be 5 (five) years of age by December 31st 2021.

  3. Students applying for our 3-year-old preschool must be 3 (three) years of age by December 31st 2021. Students applying for Prekindergarten must be 4 (four) years of age by December 31st 2021. All preschoolers must be potty trained.

Students registering for Grades 1 to 8 will be accepted only if their previous academic and conduct records are satisfactory. 

St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy follows the policy of a maximum of 30 students in each classroom. Consideration for additional staff members due to full enrollment will be made at the discretion of the principal and the Board of Directors. Please note that due to COVID-19 class size guidelines may change. 

 

New Student Registration Steps
Our new student registration process allows us to identify the educational needs of your child/ children. We look forward to creating an educational partnership with you for the years to come.

Step 1 – Inquire.
Fill out the Inquiry Form

Step 2 – Plan your visit.
The first visit is a tour of the school, followed by an opportunity to meet with the principal. Please note for the safety of our students all tours are given after school.  Due to COVID-19 for the 2021-2022 school year we not able to offer in-person tours. Please reach out about seeing a Virtual Tour. 

Step 3 – Completion of the application
SFDS Registration Form for the 2021-2022 School Year 

1) a recent writing sample (Grades 2-8)
2) at least two years of academic records
3) standardized test scores if applicable (Terranovas, NYS Exam, etc.)
4) a copy of an IESP/IEP/504 if applicable.

Step 4 – Meet with the principal.
Christopher Scharbach, academy principal, will answer any questions that you have about curriculum and programs while having the opportunity to ask questions as well.

We use all relevant and available data to make a thoughtful and thorough placement decision that will be in the best interest of your child and his/her needs. All new students if accepted are accepted on a probational basis.

 

ADMISSION OF SPECIAL NEEDS STUDENTS

Students with special needs shall be given the same consideration as all applicants. However, prior to admitting a student with diagnosed special needs, St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy shall make a determination as to whether or not it feels it can provide an appropriate education for that child. Each child will be considered on an individual basis. St. Francis de Sales will consider:

  • The severity and degree of the learning disability;
  • The level of support needed from special services and any special equipment the student may require;
  • The number of students with disabilities currently enrolled in an assigned class;
  • The school’s resources, such as available support personnel, class size, and accessibility of school facilities;
  • The accommodations, if any are necessary, and the school’s ability to meet those accommodations;
  • The child’s individualized education plan (IEP) if one exists, and the school’s ability to meet the IEP.

Parents and/or the public school district in which the student resides shall be responsible for any additional special education services that a student may require.

St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy will engage the services of the Office of Catholic Schools to assist in making a determination of whether a student’s educational needs can best be met in the least restrictive environment.

 

Choosing a school is a great challenge with so many offerings. It is our hope that whatever your final choice is, that you are happy and your children are successful.

For more information, please call 718-634-2775 or visit the office during school hours between 8AM and 3PM. During the summer please call the school for modified office hours.

The Catholic academies and parish schools within the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn welcome students of all backgrounds to share in the Catholic education experience. As parents of children who attend the Catholic academies and parish schools, you are encouraged to share in our Faith community. In accordance with the teachings of the Roman Catholic Faith, the Catholic academies and parish schools within the Diocese of Brooklyn admit students of any race, color, national origin, and ethnic origin. The  Catholic academies and parish schools do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, and ethnic origin in admission, policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

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