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Admissions Process

Admission Policy
  • Preferences shall be given to active members of the parish.
  • The recommended age for kindergarten students is five (5) years of age on or before October 1, but required by December 1.
  • The recommended age for first grade students is six (6) years of age on or before October1, but required by December 1.
  • All students must comply with current California immunization and health requirements prior to enrollment.
  • The parish school will strive to have Catholic education accessible to as many students as possible, both with its educational programs and financial considerations; however, it may have insufficient resources to serve the educational needs of all students.
  • The pastor and principal will review a students’ continued eligibility for enrollment in the parish school.
 The Registration/Application can be done via our website (, fees, and necessary documents are returned to the main office. All students K – 8 applying for admission to the school are required to take an entrance test. The principal reviews the results of the tests and the documents. No application is considered unless/until all required documents have been submitted and the entrance test has been taken. Parents are notified by letter and/or telephone as to the acceptance or denial of their child’s application.
The school, mindful of its mission to be a witness to the love of Christ for all, admits students regardless of race, color, or national and/or ethnic origin to all 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, disability, sex, or national and/or ethnic origin in the administration of educational policies and practices, scholarship programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs, although certain athletic leagues and other programs may limit participation.
While the school does not discriminate against students with special needs, a full range of services may not always be available to them. Decisions concerning the admission and continued enrollment of a student in the school are based upon the student’s emotional, academic and physical abilities and the resources available to the school in meeting the student’s needs.

Through the mission of the Archdiocese, our schools strive to serve children with varied learning needs. All educators in Archdiocesan schools follow “Directions for the Inclusion Process in Catholic Schools: Support Team Education Plan Process (STEP) and Minor Adjustment Plan Process (MAP)”. Parents or guardians who feel that their student may need a minor adjustment to enable him/her to participate in the general education curriculum of the school should consult the student’s teacher and principal to determine how best to meet the students needs. Parents or guardians may request the “Disability Discrimination Complaint Review Process” from the principal to address unresolved issues.

Enrollment / Registration:
Once a child has been accepted into Mary Star of the Sea Elementary, parents must pay the fees, return the registration form, return the fundraising and Christian Service agreement and the SMART Financial Management form. Failure to return any form does not excuse parents from their obligations. A child’s enrollment status may be revoked if all documents are not submitted to the school. All new students to the school are placed on probation for the first year. 
Enrollment / Re-registration: 
In the spring, parents receive an application to re-register their child/ren for the new school year. The form and registration fees must be returned to the office by the deadline date. A child’s place is not given consideration unless/until the required forms and fees have been returned to the main office. Final acceptance of a child’s acceptance to register for the new school year depends upon the following:
  • Students: supporting the philosophy, policies and regulations of the school, achieving satisfactory grades in academics, conduct and effort per subject for each trimester report card.
  • Parents: supporting the philosophy, policies, and regulations of the school, abiding by the parent agreement, meeting their financial obligations, and fulfilling the Fundraising and the Christian Service Agreement.
If one or more of the above criteria are not met, the child/rens’ registration may be denied. In the event that an application is denied the registration fee will be refunded. The principal makes the final decision regarding a student’s enrollment status.
Once an application has been accepted, fees are non refundable. The only exceptions made will be for transfers of families in the Armed Forces.