St. James School admits students of any race, color, creed, national, and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities made available to students at the school. St. James School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national, or ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, athletic programs, or other school-administered programs. St. James School adheres to the tenets of Title IX: “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participating in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.” Students are admitted on an annual basis and should be three (3) years old by October 1 of the given school year to enter the preschool program. To be admitted to the kindergarten program, a student should be five (5) years old by October 1 of the given school year, and to enter grade one a student should be six (6) years old by October 1 of the given school year.

Guidelines for school admission are as follows:

Students who have registered for Grades K-8 and qualify for acceptance will be accepted in the following order:
  1. Children of school families registered in the parish with siblings enrolled.
  2. Children of school families registered in the parish with a child/children enrolling in St. James for the first time.
  3. Children of school families not registered in the parish with siblings enrolled. (Non parishioners).
  4. Children of school families not registered in the parish with a child/children enrolling in St. James for the first time. (Non-parishioners)

Students new to St. James may be required to take part in an admission procedure at the beginning of the term. Students will be accepted on a trial basis.

No application will be refused without due consideration of extenuating circumstances. All students who are new to St. James will be accepted on a trial basis for ten (10) days, at the end of which the parent(s), teacher(s), principal, and counselor may meet to determine if St. James School can address the educational needs of the student. The final decision will rest with the principal.

Admission Procedures to St. James School

The following guidelines are the procedures for admittance to St. James School. The ultimate decision regarding admittance to St. James School is the judgment of the school principal. Consultation with a school committee admissions team may be included in a final decision. The procedures may take as long as five school days to complete before a decision can be reported to the parents or guardians. Throughout this admittance process, the school principal may choose to modify these guidelines to meet the needs of an individual student and his/her family. Throughout this admittance process the prospective parents or guardians are expected to abide by the policy of the St. James School Committee.

A. Screening of Students for Pre-School and Kindergarten.

  1. Students entering the three or four-year-old program who are coming from another program, from out of town or have had no other formal, structured schooling, may be given, in the presence of a parent or guardian, a screening instrument to help determine readiness for the Monsignor Horrigan Child Development Center three or four-year-old program.
  2. There will be a $100.00 non-refundable fee for this service, and this will be used as part of the instructional fee, should the child be finally registered and accepted. A member of the preschool faculty, or other qualified faculty member, may administer this assessment, should the principal not be available or able to complete this process before the close of the school year.
  3. Students entering kindergarten, who are coming from another program, or with no other formal structured schooling, a day care program, or from out-of-town, may be given a screening assessment in the presence of a parent or guardian by the principal or qualified staff member to determine school readiness. There will be a $100.00 non-refundable fee for this service, and this will be used as part of the instructional fee, should the child be finally registered and accepted.


B. Screening of Students Entering First Grade:

  1. After pre-registration of a student coming from another program, no other formal structured schooling, a day care program, or from out-of-town in late January of any given school year, the principal or available staff member may assess the pre-registering prospective first grader in the presence of a parent or guardian. This may be followed, immediately, by a meeting at which time the parents, evaluator, and administrator will determine, as a team, the readiness of the student for the first grade in the fall of any given school year.
  2. Discussion will be held regarding any pertinent needs, differences, or unusual situations (i.e. English as second language, use of hearing aide or special handicap). The knowledge of these situations will help the educators at St. James to assist the child to have greater success.


C. Screening of students entering second through eighth grade, from a private, public or parochial school:

  1. The parents or guardians of prospective students, seeking enrollment any time during the pre-registration process or during the school year, will give evidence of reporting tools and/or any student work and any test scores from the previous school or private evaluation sessions.
  2. The prospective student will meet with the principal and the possible homeroom teacher, if available, to have an informal interview. This will enable the St. James staff to note whether there could be an unusual circumstance that could prevent this student from having greater success should he/she be accepted and registered as a student at St. James
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  4. The parents or guardians of the prospective student(s) will meet with the principal, the homeroom teacher (if available), and possibly a member of the Admittance Committee of the School Committee sometime before the student will be officially registered as a student at St. James School.
  5. The prospective student may be required to complete a screening assessment administered by either the principal, the homeroom teacher or a certified staff member There will be a $100.00 non-refundable fee for this service.
  6. The principal may contact the previous parochial, private, or public school and the previous principal to gain information that might help determine whether St. James is the correct placement for the student(s). The principal will check financial records, parent-as-volunteer records, attendance records, educational records, and any needs or situations of the student(s).
  7. The prospective student will be encouraged to shadow at St. James for the benefit of both staff and student
  8. Written recommendations from previous educators may be required to be presented on behalf of the prospective student(s) for consideration in St. James School.