Saint Margaret of York School Admission Policy


PREAMBLE 
Education in a Catholic School includes the formal teaching of the Catholic Faith and the communication, development and modeling of values that will last a lifetime. Among these values are the Laws of the Church that include participation in Sunday liturgy, financial support of one’s parish, and the continuing religious education of oneself and one’s children. Catholic parents whose values differ from those expressed in these teachings of the Church may cause confusion and interior conflict for their children by enrolling them in Saint Margaret of York School. 

ELIGIBILITY FOR ADMISSION TO SAINT MARGARET OF YORK SCHOOL BY ARCHDIOCESAN CATHOLIC PARISH MEMBERS

The family, parent(s) or guardian(s) has registered in Saint Margaret of York Parish or another Archdiocesan Catholic parish, providing name, address, and telephone number with the parish office and completing the census forms.

The family, parent(s) or guardian(s) normally participates in Saturday or Sunday Liturgy at St. Margaret of York parish or the parish in which they are registered.


The family, parent(s) or guardian(s) has an interest in the life and activities of Saint Margaret of York Parish Community or the parish in which they are registered, contributing time and talent when able and the support of prayer always.

The family, parent(s) or guardian(s) provides financial support to the parish by using EFT, contribution envelopes and other approved methods.

The family, parent(s) or guardian(s) contributes to the parish fund-raising activities according to their abilities. NOTE: The eligibility criteria applies to admission priority. 

DEFINITION OF ACTIVE SUPPORT OF THE SCHOOL 

The family, parent(s) or guardian(s) has at least one child registered at Saint Margaret of York School. 

The family, parent(s) or guardian(s) has an interest in the life and activities of Saint Margaret of York School community contributing time and talent when able and the support of prayer always. 

The family, parent(s) or guardian(s) contributes to the school fund-raising activities according to their abilities. 

Admission Priority 

Current Students 

Highest admission priority is given to students currently enrolled in Saint Margaret of York School. Parents must register students currently enrolled in Saint Margaret of York School by a designated time to retain this special priority. Siblings of Current Students - Children of parishioners with other children in Saint Margaret of York School are given the next priority for admission. The eligibility criteria for parish membership must be satisfied to qualify for this priority.

Children of Staff Members of Saint Margaret of York Parish with other children in Saint Margaret of York School are given the next priority for admission. The conditions of support of the school apply.

Siblings of other children currently enrolled in Saint Margaret of York School whose parents are parishioners of other Catholic parishes in the Archdiocese are given the next priority for admission. The conditions of support of the school apply.

Siblings of other children enrolled in Saint Margaret of York School are given the next priority for admission. The conditions of support of the school apply. 

Children of Saint Margaret of York Parishioners 

Children of parishioners of Saint Margaret of York without other children in Saint Margaret of York School are given the next priority for admission. Priority is determined according to the number of years of membership in Saint Margaret of York Parish. To qualify for this priority, the parents or guardians of the children must be registered parishioners of Saint Margaret of York Church. 

Children of Staff Members of Saint Margaret of York Parish 

Children of Staff Members of Saint Margaret of York Parish without other children in Saint Margaret of York School are given the next priority for admission. Priority is determined according to the date of hire at Saint Margaret of York Parish. The conditions of support of the school apply. 

Children of Archdiocesan Catholic Parishes Children of parishioners registered in Archdiocesan Catholic parishes without other children in Saint Margaret of York School are given the next priority for admission. Priority is determined according to the number of years of membership in Archdiocesan Catholic parishes. To qualify for this priority, the parents or guardians of the children must be registered parishioners of an Archdiocesan Catholic parish. 

Other Applicants

Other applicants to Saint Margaret of York School are given the next priority for admission.

At the conclusion of the first two weeks of registration, these admission priorities are used to establish the initial waiting list for the next academic year.

The waiting list will be revised throughout the year to provide priority to siblings and then children of parishioners and staff members of Saint Margaret of York Parish followed by children of other Archdiocesan Catholic parishes. 

Order of Admission/Waiting List Determination 

Class sizes are limited and therefore a waiting list may be established. Within each of the priority groups, the order of admission is randomly selected, first to Catholic students, then to non-Catholic students. The waiting list begins as the available number of spaces is exceeded. 

Saint Margaret of York School adheres to class sizes of 20 for Kindergarten and 25 for Grades One through Eight. In the event that children of Saint Margaret of York Parishioners or Saint Margaret of York Parish Staff Members are on the waiting list, class size may be increased to 27 students per class in Grades 1-8. 

Students on the Waiting List

Children who are placed on the waiting list in their initial year of registration will not be included in the random selection for subsequent registration. They will retain their place on the Waiting List according to the category in which they qualify.

Children of parishioners of Saint Margaret of York, staff members of Saint Margaret of York and parishioners of other Catholic parishes in the Archdiocese who have been registered for Saint Margaret of York School for two or more years cannot be superseded on the waiting list by newer applicants. This provides priority admission (class size of 27) for these children of Saint Margaret of York parishioners, Saint Margaret of York staff members and other Archdiocesan Catholic parishioners.

The pastor shall make the final determination in all decisions regarding admission priority. 

Revised Admission Policy unanimously approved by the Education Commission – January 2010 

This Policy will be used to determine the admission of students beginning with the 2010-2011 school year. 

August 7, 1995
Revised June 1997
Revised April 2000
Revised November 2002
Revised January 2007
Revised August 2007
Revised January 2010