Are YOU a future Knight?
If so, we’re excited about the prospect of meeting you and your parents in the coming months as we begin the fall 2017 admissions season! Please pay particular attention to the events, dates, and deadlines listed below:
OPEN HOUSE: SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2016, 1:00 P.M.
Here’s the date you’ve been waiting for! Admissions Season 2017 officially kicks off with this annual event. Spend an hour or two with us on a Sunday afternoon to hear testimonials and learn more about our middle school and/or high school programs, pick up a 2017-2018 admissions packet, tour the facility with current students, and meet many of our teachers, coaches, and parents. This is a family day, so prospective students (of all ages!) and their parents are welcome.
APPLICATIONS FOR FALL 2017 ENROLLMENT
We will begin accepting applications for fall 2017 enrollment the Monday following our Open House. Applicants should strive to get their application into the school office as soon as possible, but by mid-December is preferable. That way, you are more likely to receive your preferred testing date (see below) and be in the first round of notifications that go out around March 15th. Once you have submitted your application, you have completed the first step in the admissions process. Remember, when it comes to getting the application completed, “the early bird gets the worm!”
PROSPECTIVE PARENT INFORMATION NIGHT: TUESDAY, DECEMBER 13
This is a great way to see what sets SJCS apart from other schools. Parents are invited to attend a forum with the Headmaster and other school administrators to discuss specifics related to several topics: Academics, Athletics, College Guidance, Financial Aid, Fine Arts, Parent Involvement, and Student Life/Campus Ministry. The format is casual and comfortable, and allows parents the opportunity to ask questions to school officials on topics related to their specific needs.
PRIORITY ADMISSIONS TESTING FOR FALL 2017 ENROLLMENT: JANUARY 7/FEBRUARY 4 You’re on your way to becoming a Knight! Priority testing will be held on one of two Saturdays: January 7, 2017 or February 4, 2017. Students who test on one of these two dates will get the first look and be the first to receive notification (around March 15th). Any incoming ninth grader who tests on one of these two dates will also be in the running for one of two academic merit scholarships awarded each year to high school freshmen. The last scheduled admissions testing date is Saturday, March 11, 2017.
HIGH SCHOOL SHADOWING VISITS
If you’re a ninth grade applicant, you will be invited to campus to shadow a current high school freshman as part of the admissions process. Shadowing dates are scheduled by the Admissions Office following the Admissions Testing. Beginning in January 2017, we will pair incoming ninth grade applicants with our Freshmen Student Ambassadors based on similar interests. Applicants will spend the day shadowing freshmen classes, meeting freshmen teachers, and seeing what student life is like at St. Joe’s. By the end of the day, most students can’t wait to become a Knight!
MIDDLE SCHOOL BRING A FRIEND DAY: FRIDAY, JANUARY 13
Are you a prospective middle school student who would also like to see what life is like at St. Joe’s? While we don’t offer middle school shadowing, we do offer one day where prospective middle school students can come take a look. St. Joseph’s middle school students will be encouraged to bring a friend (from grades 5-8) to school for a half day of classes and lunch on January 13, 2017. Greenville County Schools have this day off, so that should make it easier for more students to be able to attend. Don’t know a St. Joe’s middle school student who could host your child? No worries! We will find a host for you. Look for the registration forms on our website in December.
PRIORITY DEADLINE FOR FINANCIAL AID REQUESTS: WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15
Since our earliest beginnings, the school has been committed to offering an excellent, Catholic, college-preparatory education to qualified students who wish to attend. Accordingly, SJCS offers a limited amount of funding each year to qualifying students and their families. In the 2016-2017 school year alone, St. Joseph’s awarded $805,000 in tuition assistance and discounts to 37% of our school families. The school offers two plans depending on grade level: Flexible Tuition Program (for high school applicants) and Tuition Assistance Program (for middle school applicants). Award amounts may vary from year to year and are based upon the number of qualifying families, their need, and available funds. The FACTS Management Aid Assessment Form for applying for this need-based assistance can be found on our website under Admissions/Affording SJCS, beginning in late December. The priority deadline for submitting this form is February 15, 2017 in order to ensure that your request can be received, processed, and communicated in your child’s acceptance packet on March 15th; however, applicants who apply later are encouraged to complete the form when submitting an application.
PROSPECTIVE SIXTH GRADE PARENT NIGHT: THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16
Many elementary school parents find themselves school shopping as their child nears the end of fifth grade, and this night will provide an excellent forum for fifth grade parents to see what sets SJCS apart from other area middle schools. Parents are invited to attend a program with the Headmaster and other school administrators to discuss specifics related to several topics: Academics, Athletics, Financial Aid, Fine Arts, Parent Involvement, and Student Life/Campus Ministry. The format is casual and comfortable, and allows parents the opportunity to ask questions to school officials on topics related to their specific needs.
PRIORITY ADMISSIONS NOTIFICATION DATE: MARCH 15
Applicants who complete the admissions process by the end of February will be mailed notification on or around March 15. Successful applicants will be asked to enroll by March 24, 2017 in order to secure their spot for fall 2017. A $300 enrollment fee is all that is required at this time. Tuition payments for the 2017-2018 school year begin in July 2017, and can be paid in one of four ways: single payment (3% discount), semi-annual payment (1.5% discount), or in ten-month or twelve-month installments.
NEW STUDENT NIGHT: MONDAY, APRIL 24
All newly accepted and enrolled students and their parents will be invited to campus on Monday, April 24, 2017 for an important and informative evening. A general information session for all will include a checklist of “What’s Next?” to include everything you can expect and need to know to help prepare for the start of school in August 2017. In addition, smaller break-out sessions will be held to address specific needs by grade level.
NEW HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT PLACEMENT TESTING: MAY 2 AND MAY 4
Some newly enrolled high school students will need to come to campus for our Math and Foreign Language Placement Testing in early May, and more details about this will be communicated in our acceptance packets.
Prospective parents and students are welcomed to schedule a private tour any time during the school year. Tours are scheduled by the Admissions Office on most weekdays and usually last about an hour. Please schedule your tour in advance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
We would love to hear from you! Please contact Barbara McGrath, Director of Admissions, at email@example.com or call (864) 234-9009, ext. 104.