Admission Standards and Requirements
SMS is a nondiscriminatory school open to all children ages 4 through 14. We are a Catholic school and we welcome children and families of all faiths who are interested in the academic philosophy of our school. While we pride ourselves on our academic achievements, our goal is to help our children become active and confident learners who respect themselves and their peers. We want our graduates to have the academic and spiritual foundations to become responsible and involved people with well informed community and global perspectives.
To expedite your application process we ask that your application response include the following:
• Completion of the SMS Enrollment Application form
• Immunization records and completed medical report
• Copy of Baptismal Certificate (if applicable)
• Completion of Middle School Student Questionnaire or Transitional Kindergarten or Kindergarten Parent Information form, as applicable
• Prior School Recommendation letter is appreciated
All applicants will be interviewed by an administrator and/or classroom teacher prior to admission, and complete a grade appropriate reading and mathematical skills evaluation. Transitional Kindergarten applicants should be 4 years of age on or before September 1st (advised July 1st) of the academic year they are applying for. Students that do not meet this requirement will be considered on an individual basis. Kindergarten Students must be 5 years of age on or before September 1st (advised July 1st) to be considered for admission to Kindergarten.
Other factors that will influence admission:
• Siblings of currently enrolled students
• Saint Mark Church Parishioners
• Catholics from other Parishes
• Commitment to Catholic education through the elementary years
Families will be notified of admission status within ten days of the interview date, at which time classroom placement may be secured with a non-refundable family enrollment fee. If St. Mark is unable to hold a position due to unforeseen circumstances, the enrollment fee will be refunded.
We invite you to visit our classrooms, meet our excellent teachers and experience our wonderful learning environment. We encourage you to visit the faculty pages to get a preview of what you can expect in your new classroom as part of the St. Mark’s family.
Special Needs Students
Although our school is neither equipped nor staffed to offer certain special education services, we have access to the special needs programs available through Los Angeles Unified School District. Special testing for learning or behavioral problems is also available through the local school districts. Where special needs are identified and programs/procedures are prescribed, the faculty and administration will evaluate our ability to provide an optimal learning environment for all children in the classroom.
The Administration will review all information submitted with the application. However St. Mark School reserves the right to withhold admission or grade placement pending the results of placement tests, visits with counselors, or the consideration of further information that may aid the Administration in considering the best interests of the child and the classroom.
Thank you for your interest in Saint Mark Elementary School!