Admissions Information

It is the policy of St. Mary of the Assumption School that we do not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, disability, and/or national ethnic origin in the administration of our educational policies, admissions policies, tuition assistance, and any other school administration programs. Since St. Mary of the Assumption School is a parish school, preference in admissions is given to registered and participating members of St. Mary of the Assumption Parish. A parishioner is defined as one registered in St. Mary of the Assumption Parish who attends Mass regularly and uses the envelope system. Consideration for admission will be given in the following descending priority, where spaces are available, within the recommended class size:

  • Catholic applicants with siblings presently enrolled
  • Catholic applicants with no siblings presently enrolled
  • Non-Catholic applicants with siblings presently enrolled
  • Non-Catholic applicants with no siblings presently enrolled
  • Non-Catholic applicants

All new students are accepted on a probationary basis for one year. The purpose of this policy is to determine whether St. Mary of the Assumption School can meet the student’s needs and if the student is able to adjust to the unique and challenging environment of our Catholic school.

Students with academic, psychological, emotional, physical, educational or other needs, exceeding the scope and resources of St. Mary of the Assumption School, will not be accepted.

Admission Requirements

  • To enter pre-kindergarten, a child must be four years old by 9/1/2018.
  • To enter kindergarten, a child must be five years old by 9/1/2018.
  • To enter first grade, a child must be six years old by 9/1/2018.
  • Registration is completed through TADS Tuition Management. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Campbell at 301-627-4170 .
  • $50 Application Fee
  • Birth certificate
  • Baptismal certificate
  • Proof of all immunization requirements
  • Academic records (entering grades 1 – 7)
  • Contractual Agreement (Handbook and Financial)
  • Interview with pastor and principal
  • All kindergarten students are administered the Early Prevention of School Failure Assessment (Archdiocesan regulation #643 0)
  • All students entering grades 1-7 are administered assessment tests in math and language arts.

Admission Process

Schedule a Tour

We are excited that you are inquiring about having your child attend St. Mary of the Assumption School. If you would like to have someone contact you about admissions, please click here or if you would like to speak to someone about the admission process please call the front office at 301-627-4170.

Apply

The application window for the 2018-2019 year is now open. Click here to apply. Once you have applied please contact Tamera Campbell at 301-627-4170 to set up the Saint Mary Saint of the Day visit.

Assessment

Once your child has spent the day with us, we will arrange an assessment for your child if they are not coming from another Archdiocesan School.

Principal Interview

The final step of applying at Saint Mary of the Assumption School is a family interview with the principal of the school.

Saint Mary Saint of the Day

To experience St. Mary of the Assumption on a first-hand basis, prospective students can spend the day visiting academic classes and eating lunch with their peer groups. All students are placed in their current grade.

Saint for the Day begins in the Admissions Office at 8:00 a.m. and typically end by 2:30 p.m. Saint for the Day visits are non-evaluative and are an optional piece of the application process. We offer Saint for the Day Monday through Thursday throughout the school year.

It is important that we get to know your child and give him or her the opportunity to ask questions regarding St. Mary of the Assumption School.

After completing the application form, you may call 301-627-4170 to setup a date for the Saint for the Day.

Tuition, Fees and Financial Aid

Registration for new families, relocating into the area, is accepted throughout the school year. Tuition and fees are set by the pastor, in consultation with the Parish Finance Council and the Finance Committee of the School Advisory Board.

Registration, Tuition, and Fees  View Tuition Rates. It is the expectation of St. Mary of the Assumption School that all families will honor their financial obligation to the school in a timely fashion.

Tuition may be paid in full by August 1 or through installment payments via Tuition Management Systems.

Any tuition payment delinquent 30 or more days will be subject to a $35 per month, late fee. Re-registration for the following year WILL NOT be accepted for families whose tuition and/or fees are not current during the re-registration period. Any family with an eighth grade student must have that student’s tuition and all family fees paid in full by May 15 or that student will not be eligible for graduation and final grades and transcripts will not be advanced to the student’s high school. In an effort to keep tuition and fees at an affordable rate, each family is required to participate in our Hours Program.

  • Hours Program: each family is required to work 20 or more hours, per school year. If unable to work any or all of the 20 hours, families will be assessed $20 per hour not worked.

Families are welcome to seek financial assistance through the Archdiocese of Washington. Applications are available in the office, upon request. The pastor should be consulted regarding any financial arrangements or in cases of hardship.

Prospective Students

The Archdiocese of Washington follows the guidelines of the State of Maryland for students entering Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten, respectively. St. Mary of the Assumption uses the Scholastic Testing Services Kindergarten Readiness Assessment screening program together with student and parent interviews to assist us in making an appropriate enrollment decision with regard to admittance to our Kindergarten Program.

  • Children entering Pre-Kindergarten 3 must be three (3) years of age as of September 1 and must be fully toilet trained.
  • Children entering Pre-Kindergarten 4 must be four (4) years of age as of September 1 and must be fully toilet trained.
  • Children entering Kindergarten must be five (5) years of age as of September 1. Students turning 5 years of age between September 2 – October 15 can seek early placement in Kindergarten through their home public school. Students must be approved for early entrance by the local school system prior to completing St. Mary’s KRT screening required by all incoming Kindergarten students. Excellent scores on the KRT and a successful principal interview are also required for acceptance into our program. Please note that due to a limited number of spaces in our program, students that meet the September 1st cut off may be given admission priority over early entrance students. Please contact the office by January of the school year prior if early entrance is requested. Please note this is an exception given to very few students. Most gifted students are able to be challenged in our differentiated classrooms while remaining with their peer group in order to facilitate appropriate social development.
  • Children entering Grades 1-8 must submit report cards and standardized test scores prior to acceptance. All new students seeking admission to St. Mary of the Assumption are evaluated on the basis of current standardized test scores, report cards, and, if applicable, IEP, 504, ICAP or Private Assessment. Applicants must complete the Scantron Performance Series Assessment in Reading and Math if the previous school did not administer the assessment. Permanent records from the student’s previous school are required, including medical and immunization forms. No student may attend class until these records have been received and the tuition and student fee are paid.

All new students will be given a trial period in which to prove themselves both socially and academically. If during this trial period there are any problems, a student may be asked to withdraw his/her attendance from St Mary of the Assumption.

Non-Catholic students whose parents accept the philosophy of St. Mary of the Assumption will be accepted on a space available basis.

Financial Aid

The Archdiocese of Washington works hard to keep Catholic education as affordable as possible. The Archdiocesan Tuition Assistance Program is available for students in grades PreK-8 who are applying to St. Mary of the Assumption School.

All tuition assistance obtained through the archdiocese is based on financial need. Families must apply each year to receive assistance and need must be demonstrated each year to qualify. Applying for tuition aid has no bearing on whether a student is admitted to St. Mary of the Assumption.

To learn more about tuition assistance from the Archdiocese of Washington for the upcoming school year, please click here.

The deadline date to apply for Archdiocesan tuition assistance for the 2018 – 2019 school year Monday February 19, 2018 for new families.

Boost Scholarship

BOOST is a State Maryland Program, enacted in 2016, to ensure lower-income students could afford the K-12 education best fit for their needs. BOOST provides scholarships to eligible students to enable them to attend a nonpublic school.

Now in its second year, Maryland’s BOOST Scholarship Program will provide nearly $6 million in scholarships in the upcoming school year to eligible K-12 students toward tuition at a qualifying nonpublic school of their choice.