Admission

DIOCESAN POLICY NO. 5111

The Catholic schools of the Diocese of El Paso exist primarily for Catholic students and only secondarily for students of other religious denominations. No child is to be precluded from admission to the Catholic schools of the diocese because of race, color, creed, sex, or national or ethnic origin. The criteria for admission of students to any individual school is to be consistent with:

  • The general education goals and policies of the Diocese; 
  • The Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972;
  • The Statute of the State Board of Education; and
  • The requirements of the State Board of Health.
Age Requirements

In compliance with state regulations, no child is to be admitted to first grade unless he/she is six (6) years old on or before September 1st of the school year or has been enrolled in the first grade in another state prior to transfer.

 To be eligible for kindergarten, a child is to be five (5) years old on or before September 1st of the school year or has been enrolled in kindergarten in another state prior to transfer.

To be eligible for pre-kindergarten, a child is to be four (4) years old on or before September 1st of the school year.

The child's birth certificate is required for verification of age.

Registration

Registration is complete only when all the necessary documents have been given to the school. This includes general registration form, health and immunization records, medical records, physical exam form, birth certificate, and a transcript of grades and testing from the previous school. To finalize registration, the following fees must be paid: registration, books and supplies, and building fund. No fees are refundable when a student is withdrawn from the school.

Medical Records and Requirements

 No child may attend school until the school nurse has all medical records. A physical examination is required on all new students entering the diocesan school system for the first time. Any student participating in extracurricular athletics must have a yearly physical examination on file with the school nurse.

Every student must have a Health and Immunization Record on file showing a history of immunizations and diseases. In accordance with Texas State Law, all required immunizations must be completed by the first day of school.

Financial Information

Tuition and other fees are available from the school financial office. All tuition payments are arranged through the FACTS Management Plan. This information is given at the time of registration.

Change of Student/Family Information

Students are required to report to the school office any changes of address, telephone numbers and place of employment of parents/guardians. These changes should be reported immediately after the move or change occurs. The school office must be able to contact parents/guardians at all time.

Withdrawals

No child is considered withdrawn from the school until parents/guardians have notified the principal's office and all outstanding fees and fines have been paid and books have been returned.