The process/deadlines for applying for admission to Ascension Catholic, being informed of acceptance for admission, and registration/enrollment for the next school year, will be publicized in the fall of each year. Typically, Application for Admission for all grades begins in January and registration for present families occurs in February. Registration for new families is held in late February or early March.
While the Ascension Catholic admissions process is selective, it is also inclusive. We consider not only past performance, but future potential. We want students to take away from the Ascension Catholic experience all they can, but we also expect them to contribute to it. In a very real sense, the admissions process is the first step in becoming part of our special Ascension Catholic community.
We host Open House to give prospective students and their parents a chance to experience our dynamic community first hand. Here you will find everything you need to know about applying to Ascension Catholic, including vital elements like application forms, campus visits, forwarding transcripts, etc.
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Parents who seek a Catholic education for their child/children enter into a contractual agreement with the school, whereby the school agrees to enroll the child(ren) and the parents and the child(ren) agree to adhere to the rules and policies of the school found in the Student/Parent Handbook and other school communications, and to otherwise fully cooperate with and support the mission and philosophy of Ascension Catholic.
Catholic schools of the Diocese of Baton Rouge are open to all Catholic children regardless of race or ethnic background. The Ascension Catholic system is operated as a single unit, with a single School Board, and with a single budget. This structure results in a continuum, offering students a complete elementary and secondary education from the pre-Kindergarten level through the Twelfth grade. Families of students to be enrolled at Ascension Catholic are required to assume responsibility for the operational costs of the school by payment of tuition and fees. The capacity of each grade level at Ascension Catholic is limited.
PRE-KINDERGARTEN AND KINDERGARTEN
Students will be considered for admission to the Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten grade levels utilizing the following prioritized criteria:
- Catholic children with other siblings who are currently enrolled
- Catholic children of Ascension Catholic employees
- The first school age Catholic child of Ascension Catholic graduates who actively participate in and support their Catholic Church parish and demonstrate support of Catholic education
- The first school-age Catholic child of families who actively participate in and support their Catholic Church parish and demonstrate support of Catholic education
- Catholic siblings of Ascension Catholic graduates who actively participate in and support their Catholic church parish
- Non-Catholic children of Ascension Catholic employees
- Non-Catholic children
Prior to registration, ALL participants for admission to Kindergarten will be tested to assess readiness for this grade level.
At the time of registration, all NEW students accepted for admission to Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten must submit the following in addition to other required registration documents: (1) Copy of Birth Certificate (2) Baptism Certificate (for Catholic children); (3) Health records and (4) (for Catholics) completed and signed “Catholic Church Parish Membership Verification Form,” or (for non-Catholics) Letter of Approval/Recommendation from one’s pastor.
Students will be considered for admission to the 1st through 8th grades utilizing the following I prioritized criteria:
- Students currently enrolled.
- Catholic children with other siblings who are currently enrolled or are Ascension Catholic graduates
- Catholic children of Ascension Catholic employees
- Catholic children transferring for a legitimate reason from another Catholic School (The Diocesan Schools Office Transfer Policy must be followed for students wishing to transfer from a Catholic school in their attendance zone)
- Catholic children whose parents are Ascension Catholic alumni who actively participate in and support their Catholic Church parish and demonstrate support of Catholic education
- Catholic children of families who actively participate in and support their Catholic church and demonstrate support of Catholic education
- Non-Catholic children of Ascension Catholic employees.
- Non-Catholic children Prior to registration, all students NEW to Ascension Catholic applying for admission to grades 1 through 8 must submit (1) Copy of most current academic transcripts (2) Letter of discipline (disciplinary history report) from school where currently (last) enrolled; (3) Copy of most recent standardized test scores, (4) If the applicant has been evaluated for special needs, the latest evaluation (no more than 3 years old), (5) Copy of Birth Certificate (6) Baptism Certificate (if Catholic); and (7) Health records (if not already included with records from previous school). Prior to registration, all students NEW to Ascension Catholic applying for admission to grades 1 through 8 will be scheduled for placement tests in reading and mathematics.
At the time of registration, all registrants must submit (for Catholics) a “Catholic Church Parish Membership Verification Form,” completed and signed by one’s Catholic pastor or (for non-Catholics) a Letter of Approval/Recommendation from one’s pastor.
POLICY ON HISTORIES OF LEARNING DISABILITIES, DISCIPLINARY PROBLEMS, AND PRIOR EXPULSIONS
In order to preserve our ability to give each student the individual attention we believe is necessary for academic success, and to ensure that a climate of discipline prevails at our school and because we are limited in providing special resources and other special education services, we will screen individual transcripts for academic suitability and discipline reports for disciplinary problems. Students who have been expelled from another school or with histories which include recent disciplinary problems will not be considered for admission to Ascension Catholic within the same school year.
The possibility exists that students may be admitted under probationary conditions. Failure to achieve the stipulated conditions of probationary admission will result in the student being asked to withdraw.
WAITING LIST POLICY
No “Waiting List” will be retained for admission to any grade level. Applicants not accepted because of limited space will be filed and reviewed if vacancies occur.