In accordance with the policy set forth by the Diocese of San Bernardino, St. James Catholic School admits students of any race, color, or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. The school does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, or ethnic origin regarding its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletic, or other school administered programs.
Since St. James Catholic School is established by the Catholic community as a religious school, preference in admission and scholarship will be given to practicing members of the Catholic community. Students entering St. James Catholic School for the first time will be accepted conditionally on the basis of readiness testing, an interview, and on the recommendation of the previous school of attendance. All new students are on academic and behavioral probation for one academic year. See the school administration for further details.
All students admitted to St. James Catholic School are enrolled on a probationary status for one academic year. Reasonable accommodations will be made for students with special needs. Administrative and faculty assessments will be made during this period of time to determine if the school can meet the student’s needs.
The process for acceptance to St. James School includes the following:
- All new students are evaluated and interviewed before acceptance.
- All candidates for admission must present the most recent standardized test scores and report card as part of the evaluation.
- New students are on academic and disciplinary probation for one year.
- Parents agree to actively support the spiritual, academic, and financial standards of the school as well as all school rules and regulations.
- Transitional Kindergarten students must be 4 years old by September first.
- Kindergarten students must be five years of age by September first. The principal is authorized to make necessary changes as deemed necessary.
- First Grade students must be six years of age by September first. The principal is authorized to make necessary changes as deemed necessary.
Certain documents must be submitted to the school prior to the acceptance. Enrollment will not be considered if records are incomplete. Submission of incomplete paperwork or failure to meet re-registration deadlines will result in a student being placed on a waiting list.
All forms and fees received at registration must be completed and signed before admission is final.
- There is a non-refundable $20.00 fee for entrance evaluation.
- Immunization records must be complete and up-to-date.
- A physical examination report on file is mandatory for all incoming transitional kindergarten, kindergarten, and first grade students.
- Student Records – Parents are responsible for signing a form which authorizes the school to request records from the student’s previous school.
- Entrance Exam – Students seeking admission in grades K through 8, an entrance exam will be administered by the school team to determine present performance levels in various subject areas.
- Parent interview
- A copy of each student’s birth certificate and sacramental certificates
- Final Approval by the administration is required for admission.
It shall be a condition of enrollment that all students behave in a manner that is consistent with the Christian principles of the school both on and off campus. These principles include, but are not limited to, any policies, principles, or procedures set forth in any Student/Parent Handbook of the school.
These Christian principles further include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Parents/guardians are expected to work courteously and cooperatively with the school to assist the students in meeting the academic, moral, and behavioral expectations of the school.
- Students and parents/guardians may respectfully express their concerns about the school operation and its personnel. However, they may not do so in a manner that is discourteous, scandalous, rumor driven, disruptive, threatening, hostile, or divisive.
- These expectations for students and parents/guardians include, but are not limited to, all school-sponsored programs and events (e.g. extended care, athletics, field trips, etc.)
Students are selected for enrollment based on the following priority:
- Current students
- Siblings of students currently enrolled at the school.
- All other families as they appear on the waiting list.
Additional factors that are weighed in the admissions process include the order applications are received, previous academic, disciplinary and service records, placement exam performance and whether relatives of the student are alumni of St.James.